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Garrett
25-07-2006, 04:50 PM
Hi everyone !

This is my first attempt at starting a thread so I guess everythinng went okay, seeing as you are reading this.

The theme for this thread is a sort of an informal review of any products you have bought recently that are good, or... not so good.

If I could start with a couple of good chess related things I have bought lately,

The Safest Sicilian - although I have only played through a couple of chapters, this book seems like a good starter for the Taimanov Sicilian. Each chapter is split into three sections, a quick repertoire, a step by step, and a complete games section. I like the format as you only have to read the first section to get started which is only a few pages. The grammatical errors are amusing too (authors are Bulgarian) Rating 9/10.

Chess Strategy CD : I reckon this CD is excellent. I would rate it's sister CD Chess Tactics for the Intermediate Player good but this is even better. There are sections on isolated QP, hanging pawns etc. There is a training section where it explains how to play with (or against) the IQP or whatever and there are exercises. The nice point is that there are sometimes tactical moves to be found. This relates to real play, there is never anyone sitting over your shoulder saying -'there is a tactic there now - can you see it ?'. Overall I give this one 9.5/10.

The day Kasparov Quit and other chess interviews. When I bought this I thought there would be a lot a recent interviews in it - there isn't. Old stuff - but interesting score 6/10.

Cheers
George.

Garvinator
25-07-2006, 04:53 PM
George,

Creating threads now are we, soon you will be known as a chesschat regular :P ;) :uhoh:

Garrett
25-07-2006, 04:57 PM
George,

Creating threads now are we, soon you will be known as a chesschat regular :P ;) :uhoh:
Yea well I cant surf for porn the WHOLE time I am on the net Garvin.

ElevatorEscapee
25-07-2006, 06:17 PM
Yea well I cant surf for porn the WHOLE time I am on the net Garvin.
You'll only find pawn on this site George! ;)

[Edit: ... to which I might segue into mentioning "Soft Pawn", a humorous book about chess by William Hartston, and the sequel to the equally enjoyable "How to Cheat at Chess".

I highly recommend both books as being entertaining and well worth the asking price. (Unfortunately I loaned my copies out to someone and never got them back!)

Anyway, if you can find them, and you have a sense of humour. These books will likely give you good value. :) ]

EGOR
26-07-2006, 12:58 PM
...and the sequel to the equally enjoyable "How to Cheat at Chess".

This book changed the way I play chess.:rolleyes: ;)

Desmond
26-07-2006, 02:33 PM
This book changed the way I play chess.:rolleyes: ;)
Do you wear shin guards now?

EGOR
26-07-2006, 04:23 PM
Do you wear shin guards now?
...and a protector! :eek:

Garvinator
26-07-2006, 04:39 PM
...and a protector! :eek:
what about a cricket helmet with face guard?

Desmond
26-07-2006, 04:40 PM
what about a cricket helmet with face guard?
and either a lifejacket or a parachute :hmm:

Garvinator
26-07-2006, 05:17 PM
and either a lifejacket or a parachute :hmm:
Candy Cane is currently having a sale for a parachute ;)

EGOR
26-07-2006, 06:01 PM
Candy Cane is currently having a sale for a parachute ;)
I'll take the parachute!:whistle:

Mischa
26-07-2006, 10:39 PM
lol