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Mihail Marin simply missed that 1.Ng6 is winning, even faster than 1.Qg6. During opening analysis, and even during a game, sometimes when you find a satisfying continuation you forget to follow Lasker's advice and look for an even stronger one. This is a slight mistake in his analysis, but his evaluation of the variation remains correct (White is winning, ...


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@Arka Mukherjee, I find most players under 2100 weak tactically, so at 1200, you are certainly weaker than you understand you are. I do not say that to be mean, but just as a very logical person, who has been a reasonably strong player for over 30 years. At your level, memorizing theory is mostly a waste of time. In 40 years of playing, I cannot tell you ...


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There is not opening that usually paves the way for a queen trade. There are plenty of specific lines that allow for it, but it takes cooperation from your opponent. The first line that comes to mind is hugely popular at the GM level: The Berlin in the Ruy Lopez. [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. dxe5 Nf5 8. ...


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This is not a book review, nor is it an opinionated account of the method. I've never really used this method per se, but have read/heard about it, so hopefully my rough summary here doesn't do disservice to the merits of the method. The Dorfman method is a two-fold scheme for finding good moves. The static elements The first fold is the static elements ...


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Your first task should be to get better at tactics. It's one thing to understand what a pin is and why it works, for example, but it's quite another to be able to spot the circumstances under which it's advantageous for you to use it. So my first advice to you would be to work out solutions to tactical puzzles found in books or software. There's a series of ...


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You might be looking for two separate, but related types of books. First, and I have an extensive library, I could find no books that do not organize the openings somewhat by sub-variation. The problem is that the ideas between various sub-variations of a specific opening, like the French, are just too different to lump into one chapter, so the answer to ...


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"The Method in Chess" is a regressive scale of factors that you can use to evaluate a position. Here they are in order: King safety, which is more important than all the others combined. Material, and various material correlations, like Q+N vs. Q+B. He also goes into a new one B+B+N vs. B+N+N, and which pieces you should aim to trade off. Who has the better ...


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at 1200 I strongly believe You are wrong about all your core assumptions about your understandings; or if you really have those strategic/positional understandings you must start to do tactics - at least 1h of puzzle solving per day will make best improvement for 1200 player anyway. and forget about spending time on theory until you are at least 1800, ...


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I'm not familiar with the book itself, but for learning pawn structures it isn't important to memorize every single thing. The key is to understand the general ideas behind each structure. E.g.: what are the main plans, which pawns are weaknesses, what squares work well as outposts for pieces, can the structure be changed as the game goes on, etc. Knowing ...


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1939: White to Play and Win by Weaver Adams. Adams believed that 1.P-K4 (1.e4) wins by force. In this book he presents his recommendations for White against the various Black defenses. For example, against 1...e5 he recommended the Bishop's Opening 2.Bc4. He continued to revise his system and write more books, e.g., he switched from 2.Bc4 to 2.Nc3 in his ...


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I can copy the diagram on a board or simply on my computer (and do not move the pieces), but I wonder whether I should. It is very much worth while setting up a board and following the game on the board. But you should go beyond just passively playing out the moves on the board. You should stop after each move and actively consider what you would play next ...


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Anything is possible. The real question is how likely are you and most people to do it that way. And it depends on what you call 'theory'. I read NO theory. But I read a lot of practical books on openings, tactics, end games, pawn structure, positional play, yada yada. They claim that an AI program learned to play Go by playing itself. I do not know ...


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According to Wikipedia: Public The three significant public chess libraries are: The John G. White Chess and Checkers Collection at Cleveland Public Library has the largest chess and draughts [chequers for those in the US] library in the world, with over 32,000 chess books and over 6,000 bound volumes of chess periodicals. It was started with ...


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A lot of chess is “what pawn break am I looking for, and how do I accomplish it?” These answer that in depth. “Complete Chess Strategy” volumes 1,2 and 3 by Ludek Pachman. (This teaches about many basic plans, and what you are striving for with your pieces and pawns, especially. This made a light go off in my head, and THIS is what made me a master.) “Pawn ...


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While d6 is passive, it is probably not the end of the world there at levels below Master. After Nc3, it is not so much that it "rules out Philidor's Defense" as when white played 2.Nc3, it became a Vienna opening proper. More typically, when white plays the Vienna, he is looking to attack, and often plays an early f4. With f4 played, you can see how you ...


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A lot of endgame work is dry, and there is no getting around that. I learned endgames long before those books were available, and although it was a lot of work, I loved Ruben Fine's "Basic Chess Endings". In it, there would be a base example, but then often, many other similar examples. By going through it, I saw multiple examples that were similar, thus ...


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Full disclosure: I am answering my own question. I recently finished the alpha version of an app that maps chess games to diagrammed positions in chess books (https://www.thechesscite.com/). The primary goals is to help you to make better choices about what books to buy and to help chess authors cite their colleagues. My other goal is to streamline how you ...


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The best uses for out of date opening books are - Doorstop Decoration Emergency toilet paper supply when Covid means the supermarket has sold out how far in terms of opening knowledge and building my opening repertoire will memorising every line of the book get me? You will be an expert in historical opening lines, but you will understand nothing. MCO, ...


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Here is a complete list of pawn structure books divided into two categories, opening, and general pawn play. "Chess Structures: A Grandmaster Guide" by GM Mauricio Flores Rios is the single best book on OPENING pawn structures currently out there, but it misses some. "Pawn Structure Chess" by GM Andy Soltis is VERY weak in the analysis, but the general ...


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1200 on what scale? Elo USCF some inflated online site?? You do not need theory at all. What you need is useful tactics training. And you need endgames. That will help you more than theory. Do one theme at a time and repeat ten-15 times that day. Come back in a couple of days and repeat it. When you know it cold then wait several weeks and try again. ...


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In 1561 Ruy Lopez (pronounced Rue-y Lopeth) de Segura (1530-1580) wrote Libro de la invencion liberal y arte del juego del Axedrez, por Ruy-Lopez de Sigura, clerigo, vezino dela villa Cafra. He wrote the book in response to Damiano's book. It contains 66 games. In 1584, his book was translated into Italian by Gio. Dominico Tarsia and printed at Venice by ...


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"How to Think Ahead In Chess" by I.A. Horowitz and Fred Reinfeld was published in 1951. For white it covers the Stonewall attack. For black its the Sicilian dragon and the Lasker variation of the Queens gambit declined. An odd combination of openings.


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Well, let's take Random House off the table right away, as RHM Press was a division of RHM Associates of Delaware, Inc. which lists Sydney Fried as Publisher. The California Secretary of State system lists an RHM Publishing as a "Doing Business As" name for RHM Associates. Unfortunately, No list of officers. There's a blurb in the beginning of San Antonio ...


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I have every reason to believe your approach is wrong and will lead to disaster. I'm saying it as someone who make softwares to work on Polyglot books (www.smallchess.com). You are strongly advised NOT to do all the hard works like what I did before. Just wrap the C++ Polyglot code in your C#! Your time should be on your C# engine, not this. Polyglot, ...


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How you should use the book is really a matter of opinion, but I very much believe in immersion learning, so rather than do a few every day for a longer period, I believe that doing as many as you can in a shorter period of time is more beneficial. I have seen this play out in practice in both my progress, and in the progress of those, whom I have taught. ...


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It's quite surprising how few opening books for playing the Ruy Lopez as white there are, given that it's one of those lines that have a claim of being "the main line of chess". Greet's Play the Ruy Lopez is from 2006. Shaw's Starting Out: the Ruy Lopez from 2003. Khalifman had the Ruy Lopez in his Opening for White according to Anand series but it was very ...


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One of Petrosian's greatest strengths was his prophylactic thinking; i.e., identifying threats before they arise and neutralizing them. A book which discusses this concept would be good. For example, "Recognizing Your Opponent's Resources: Developing Preventive Thinking". If you want to learn more about Petrosian himself, part 3 of Kasparov's My Great ...


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Capa's books are very good for your level especially the one you mentioned. My System is probably too advanced for where you're at. It's a great book but probably better for someone around 1800. Beginners should focus on not making huge tactical mistakes. Positional play like My System teaches you how to plan what to do when you can play a game without ...


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You can make it up yourself as you go along. You already know that chess is better learned with as few pieces on the board as possible, which puts you way ahead of the people who want to teach newcomers with all 32 units. At the first meeting of a 10- or 12-week class, I teach the kids a game with eight white pawns and the black queen. If a pawn reaches the ...


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To my knowledge there is no book on chess engine programming because there is no market. People study the source code simply by reading it. If you have any question, please join Stockfish/LC0 discord. It worked well for me, I just ask online anything I don't understand. I would suggest the following on learning. Many more I may have missed. https://www....


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