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An investigation of the main reasons why chess players sometimes go astray - the seven deadly chess sins: Drifting (losing the plot); Perfectionism (leading to time trouble); Egoism (overestimating your chances); Failure to spot the critical moment; Deafness (failure to listen to intuition); Dogmatism (failure to think creatively or dynamically); and Attachment (to particu ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by Gambit Publications (first published December 1st 2000)
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Dec 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
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A fascinating analysis of the seven “most common causes of disaster in chess”, Grandmaster Jonathan Rowson’s book, “The Seven Deadly Chess Sins” provides virtually inexhaustible material to provoke thought and study for the serious player.

As a beginner/improver whose ratings bumble around the 1000 mark and who rarely has the patience to play through worked examples, 50% of this book was beyond me. However, it will be returned to over and again in the future and there is enough to fascinate and p
Oct 04, 2020 rated it liked it
A diverse, thoughtful, intense, good humored look at chess from a very personal perspective. In some ways this is a collection of observations about competitive chess loosely grouped under seven categories. Many of the games are the author's own. Some times the writing gets a bit more abstract than I can handle and the different sins run together in my mind. They aren't always clearly divisible by Rowson's own admission. But this complaint is easily overlooked given how careful Rowson is to offe ...more
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'Düşünme'nin bir numaralı satranç günahı olduğunu iddia eden bir büyükusta var karşımızda! Muhteşem bir üslup; Samuel Beckett'ten Mevlana'ya, Zen ve Motosiklet Bakım Sanatı'ndan Gödel, Escher, Bach'a geniş yelpazeli referanslarıyla standart bir satranç kitabından çok daha fazlası olan orgazmik bir başyapıt! ...more
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Every chess player under 2300 should read.
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read and skimmed - pretty good foundational overview of conceptual mistakes...
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Jonathan Rowson is co-founder and Director of Perspectiva, "a research platform that seeks to build the intellectual foundations for a more conscious society – a diverse and plural society awake to itself, united by an awareness of ecological constraints, systemic influences and the development of human empathy and consciousness throughout the lifespan."

He is an applied philosopher with degrees s

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