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    The good, the bad, and the ugly.

    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.

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    George,

    Creating threads now are we, soon you will be known as a chesschat regular

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    Quote Originally Posted by ggrayggray
    George,

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeL
    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. ]
    Last edited by ElevatorEscapee; 25-07-2006 at 06:22 PM.
    "On my chess set, all the pawns are Hamburglers" ~ Homer Simpson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElevatorEscapee
    ...and the sequel to the equally enjoyable "How to Cheat at Chess".
    This book changed the way I play chess.
    Dyslexics of the world untie

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    Quote Originally Posted by EGOR
    This book changed the way I play chess.
    Do you wear shin guards now?
    So what's your excuse? To run like the devil's chasing you.

    See you in another life, brotha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boris
    Do you wear shin guards now?
    ...and a protector!
    Dyslexics of the world untie

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    Quote Originally Posted by EGOR
    ...and a protector!
    what about a cricket helmet with face guard?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ggrayggray
    what about a cricket helmet with face guard?
    and either a lifejacket or a parachute
    So what's your excuse? To run like the devil's chasing you.

    See you in another life, brotha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boris
    and either a lifejacket or a parachute
    Candy Cane is currently having a sale for a parachute

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    Quote Originally Posted by ggrayggray
    Candy Cane is currently having a sale for a parachute
    I'll take the parachute!
    Dyslexics of the world untie

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    lol

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