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How to Reassess Your Chess: Chess Mastery Through Chess Imbalances

4.28 of 5 stars 4.28  ·  rating details  ·  436 ratings  ·  25 reviews
How to Reassess Your Chess has long been considered a modern classic. This 4th edition takes Silman's groundbreaking concept of imbalances to a whole new level. Designed for players in the 1400 to 2100 rating range and for teachers looking for a ready-made chess curriculum, the author shares a mind-expanding journey that takes the reader through imbalance-basics, ensures t ...more
Paperback, 658 pages
Published November 15th 2010 by Siles Press (first published 1991)
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If you can only get one book to improve your game, this one is it. Examples and exercises that cover ALL phases of the game, and even if you don't buy into Silman's "thinking technique" this book will introduce you to many advanced concepts (knights vs. bishops, bishop pair, support points, etc.)

Serge Pierro
Silman's great contribution to chess instruction! This is a MUST read for anyone looking to seriously improve their playing. I consider this to be one of the most important books ever written on chess strategy.
Anthea Carson
One of the best chess books out there. The only one that I like better is another book by this same author, The Amateur's Mind: Turning Chess Misconceptions Into Chess Mastery. Silman changed the way I looked at chess positions. He added humor and analogy to how I looked at positions. I still think of terms like Running from Ghosts and the curse of the mindless king hunter when looking at a position. Those are concepts Silman introduced me to in The Amateur's Mind. This book is more about the im ...more
May 19, 2012 Corey rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Well, it's Jeremy Silman, so of course the book is good. I think I liked the 3rd edition better though. I had more trouble getting through this one, for some reason, and I didn't like the exercises as much. I think the 3rd edition is a bit more accessible, and more broadly based. The fourth edition is more advanced and more focused on his imbalances approach to chess.
The best chess book for the intermediate player. More than any other author, Silman explains how to truly think about chess and provides the fundamental skills necessary to improve your play to the next level.
Steve Toyne
One of the best and most instructive chess books ever written for the amateur player.
Liked it. Seems very good, but I don't really know how to play chess...
16JAN11. It won't arrive until the middle of the week. But when it does I'll dive right in. Going through the 3rd edition of How To Reassess Your Chess was an INVALUABLE experience. It opened my eyes to aspects of the game to which I previously had been oblivious. Supposedly Silman completely rewrote the book ("from scratch" was the phrase that caught my eye) greatly expanded it, rearranged it, chopped out the Basic Endgame chapter (the chapter that inexplicably OPENED the 3rd edition!), and add ...more
Puneet Gurnani
I have only just completed the 2nd chapter. My 2 cents:
1)A book on positional play/ strategy and planning.
2)if you are looking for tactics, openings or endgame you should look elsewhere
3)Silman recommends 1400-2100 rated players for this book. I would say 1700 and above. Players under 1700 I would say are more to gain by learning tactics as positional play/planning does not quite come into play when you tend to loose a pawn in a 2-3 move variation.
4)his theory of imbalances gives me a intuti
I was dissappointed with this one. I have and like his endgame book. This book seemed to me mostly fluff. His strategic suggestion is to use wishful thinking. The chapter titles are promising and even serve as a decent outline of material that someone of my level (fairly low) should study to improve their middle game, but the actual content isn't there. Example games are only useful if they are carefully explained. I can understand a point from a chapter title and even see that a game is a good ...more
Butch Mosier
One of the best instructional books on chess I've ever read. Silman is a teaching genius.
a little too advanced for me
Nov 03, 2014 Owen rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Jeremy Silman is arguably the best chess author in history. I have never read a better chess book in my life, and I doubt that I ever will. Silman gives a wonderful description of putting together imbalances to create a winning position. I have used Silman's ideas in my own games very successfully. I don't what I'd have done without this book.

I've played through this book 3 times and everytime I've learned soooo much more about position features of any given position. This book is a staple of any serious student of chess. I
Ted Cross
I've read a lot of chess books in my life, but this is the one that I return to again and again. It's hands down the best chess book there is!
Jim Scheller
If you are serious about your chess, no matter what your strength might be, I consider Jeremy Silman to be indispensible reading.
Great book! One of the first chess books I read before I started playing OTB chess. It's mostly written for players in 1200-1800 range.
I give this book much of the credit for my rating going from 1200 to 1700. It definitely opened my eyes!
Mark Cosslett
Pretty low on my currently reading list, but wading through it. Chess is a life long pursuit so no rush...
A modern Classic. If you only have one chess book on your book shelf, this should be the one.
Silman is MY favourite chess writer. If you read this book you will understand why ;-)
Nerdy book that's great for aspiring chess masters.

Increased my rating by 200 points MINIMUM!
Morris Nelms
Very good. Not for beginners.
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