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My System

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  686 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
All the Everyman Chess books are organized in a structured style and are also presented in a series of levels. The styles encompass Openings (O); Games Collections ((G); and Training (T). The levels are arranged as follows: Children [C]; Novice (N); Club (C); and Advanced (A).
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Published April 1st 1992 by Hays Publishing (first published 1925)
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Manny
Dec 11, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: games
One of the most influential chess books ever written. Controversy still rages as to whether Nimzovitch actually invented the ideas described here, but he was certainly the person who popularized them. And his writing style. If nothing else, it's memorable. What chess player is there who can't quote at least a few well-known precepts, like "Restrain, blockade and then destroy!" or "The passed pawn is a criminal, who must be kept under lock and key!"

Chess players divide broadly into "tactical" (th
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Afshar
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
نوشتن یک رمان بدون چاشنی روانشناسانه مسخره است.همان اندازه که نوشتن یک رساله شطرنج بدون ارجاع دادن به ویژگی مهره ها نیز مسخره خواهد بود
آرون نیمزوویچ
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به گفته مترجم این کتاب شاهنامه شطرنج است.برای من همچون شاهنامه فردوسی با اینکه زمان زیادی از نگارش آن گذشته است هنوز خواندن کتاب لذت بخش است و چیزهای زیادی از آن آموختم

در شطرنج به دو علت شکست می خوریم: مرئی و نامرئی
علت مرئی را بیشتر در بازی تازه کارها می توان دید،اشتباهات بزرگ بعلت بی دقتی یا بی توجهی به حرکات حریف

اما علت های نامرئی که اغلب در بازی
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Pedro Teixeira
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chess
This book has valuable information either for an amateur and a master chess player. I was recommended to read it each time I improved my play by 200 points ELO. The first part of the book, "The Elements", is well written and instructive for beginning-intermediate players, I've read it 2 times by now. The second part, "Positional Play" contains more advanced topics, such as Prophylaxis. I believe the second part may be somehow dull and not pragmatic for beginners, as it was for me at the time, th ...more
Andrew
Apr 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chess
This has to be one of the most highly overrated books in the history of chess. I admit though that if you were starting chess in 1960 it was much harder to find better books to teach you strategic ideas. This book would then have had to be on your shopping list to buy or check out from a local library. But by 2010 there are much higher quality books that will teach you all the same material with better illustrations and better explanations. Jeremy Silman's "Reassess Your Chess, 4th edition" come ...more
Nick Craske
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Written from 1925 - 1927 as separate journals, My System was the first grandmaster's book to be published. It is written in a lucid style and often uses metaphor and analogy to reinforce a tactical or strategical detail. Nimzowitsch's wry sense of humour also adds colour and a personal tone to the book, and while the analogies are of their time, they still ring true with a charming antique quality.

And of course the tactics and strategies are core to playing Chess competently.

Essential reading
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Mike
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent book - a true classic. The concepts and techniques are great. My only criticism is that I wish the writing was more prosaic. For example, page 19, "If I were running a race with someone, it would at least be a waste of precious time to stop in order to blow my nose, though there is nothing wrong with blowing one's nose". Some of these types of statements often made the points more difficult to understand.
Simon
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chess
The most charming educational chess book, a beginner-friendly, yet deep display of concepts and strategy. It's old, but with an old world charm, and its concepts are brilliantly expressed, often even with humour.
Eric Nielson
Dec 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chess
A very subtle book of instruction on the finer points of chess. Not really a book for beginners or even intermediates. There is also a tone of arrogance to it, as he seems to feel that he invented the game or something. Not really my favorite, but I may not have been quite ready for this one.
Norman Styers
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wise and witty. The best book of chess instruction ever.
Mike  Davis
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, chess
This book is a classic in chess planning and strategy. Originally published in English translation in 1930, it is still a cornerstone of chess literature and a jump into more 'modern' thinking of chess positional play. My copy is a 1964 reprint and, as such, still retains the older 'English descriptional' notation rather than the current algebraic notation which has become universal with computer chess engines and virtually all chess literature published today. I believe there are recent publica ...more
Reinhold
Dec 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Der Klassiker des positionellen Schach

Nimzowitsch - Mein System, ist einer der Klassiker zum Thema positionelles Schach schlechthin. Das Buch ist zwar vom Entstehungszeitpunkt her schon sehr alt, aber vieles hat noch immer seine Bedeutung. Bei einigen seiner Beispiele ist die moderne Eröffnungstheorie zu anderen Ergebnissen gekommen, doch es geht ja auch nicht um ein Eröffnungs- sondern ein Mittelspielbuch. Die Schwäche des Buches (und seines Schreibers) ist sein dogmatischer Ansatz, eine lässli
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Gabriel Schoenfeld
Nimzowitsch described My System as a chess manual based "on entirely new principles." His idea that pawn masses at the center of the board might be a liability -- vulnerable to attack from the flanks -- was revolutionary, toppling verities and generating fierce resistance. "The reward for my new ideas consisted of abuse," he wrote bitterly, "or at best systematic silence." Today, nearly a century later, he would delight to know that his hypermodern approach is widely accepted. But if My System a ...more
Andrew
Jun 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is perfect for any chess fan and is an instant classic. I have heard it is a bit outdated tactic wise but it is the bases of many common theories today. I learned a lot from studying and using the tactics in this book, it really helped my chess. In chess everyone sees the same thing, it's how you view it that matters and how you see it. It's hard to explain the board becomes just.... clearer.... you see moves that were never their before, new options, new tactics. It's like the pieces ...more
Clintweathers
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the edition I read, which is a large (bigger than trade) book with lots of room to annotate in the margins and really nicely printed diagrams.

There isn't much I can say about Nimzo that others haven't said better.

I will say that working my way through this book gave me a sense of confidence and direction in my game that was previously lacking.

Having a solid plan in the game is everything, and Nimzo's My System will definitely help with that.

Plus, the Nimzo-Indian is still pretty damned
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Parwiz Ahmadi
This is the epitome of positional chess. It is an organized manner for the expert to transition into that of the master class player. This is not to say the book is without its own tactical surprises. Far from it! The blindswine and see-saw are covered in depth. I highly recommend reading this alongside a tactical book, such as the Art of Attack. A must for those serious about reaching candidate master strength.
Snootwaller
Jan 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The seminal chess strategy book which set the bar for all other chess books since. More than just chess, it's a high level view of the nature of struggles. People go crazy over Sun Tzu's "Art of War", but in my opinion Sun Tzu just offers mealy-mouthed platitudes, but Nimzowitsch offers genuine insight into deep questions, such as the difference between tactics and strategy, and the definition of a "threat", and the fundamental methods to cope with threats. A must-read for any chess player.
Vinny
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First chess book that I can say really helped me a lot. The fundamentals (part 1) are good for beginning players but the second part really helps paint the hypermodern school of thought for me. I had been taught and always played the classic school so when I started to really understand the hyper moderns I fell in love with them. As for the book, lists of pictures (we are all kids at heart haha), his writing is clear and pretty funny for, what to many, is a dry subject.
Jim
Jul 18, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A simple yet effective approach to chess by one of the best and most famous players of the twentieth century. Nimzowitsch has been credited with starting a new school of modern chess theory. Definitely worth the read for those interested in the development of modern chess theory.
Bhakta Kishor
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports
Are you uttering about chess? Chess is my favourite sport. I ❤ chess.

So obviously how could I lose a chance in order to read it !?!?

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Joaquin
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ajedrez
Un clásico y un poco pasado de moda.
Kevin de Ataíde
Aug 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: biography, sport
Mr. Nimzowitsch was one of the chess greats. I'm reading this book for fun, I spotted one or two quirky games that should be interesting.
Serge Pierro
Aug 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chess
A classic chess tome and for good reason. One of the most important books that a beginner/intermediate chess player should read!
Preet
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
think as it is best chess book
Arthur Kyriazis
Nov 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the most important book ever written
Dogday
Mar 22, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chess
Well-written and amusing at times. The second part was a little too advanced for me (My current Internet rating is 1400).
Courtney Stirrat
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference, own
To this day, my chess bible.
Steve
Aug 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
My copy is the "21st Century" (Lou Hays) edition.
Clintweathers
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This edition isn't as useable as the Everyman Press version. The text is very small, and the diagrams are crowded.
Simon Driscoll
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent analytical approach to improving chess prowess. Rather than trying to memorize thousands of zaps and traps, this book deals with a few of the mechanics, and then some basic strategies.
Keith
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fun to read, though admittedly over my head at my current level. Gonna have to revisit this one once I'm a less terrible chess player.
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Aron Nimzowitsch (or Aron Isayevich Nimtsovich, or Aaron Nimzovich; Latvian: Ārons Ņimcovičs, Russian: Арон Исаевич Нимцович; born Aron Niemzowitsch; 7 November 1886 – 16 March 1935) was a Russian-born, Danish leading chess master and a very influential chess writer. He was the foremost figure amongst the hypermoderns. ...more
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