- Tapa blanda: 368 páginas
- Editor: Art of Accurate Evaluation and; Edición: Leader's Guide. (1 de abril de 2002)
- Colección: Art of Accurate Evaluation and Other Winning Techniques
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 188932308X
- ISBN-13: 978-1889323084
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº996.892 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
Building Up Your Chess: The Art of Accurate Evaluation and Other Winning Techniques (Inglés) Tapa blanda – abr 2002
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Building Up Your Chess makes use of colorful graphs and a new, more logical method of expressing the evaluation of a chess position to teach the critical skill of assessing how you stand. Lev Alburt's unique experience as both a top-level champion and a world-renowned teacher allow him to explain in a clear, logical way how to master chess. He maximizes the results of your reading time. More than 400 chess diagrams make reading easy.
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International Grandmaster Lev Alburt, three-time U.S. champion and former European champion, is one of the most sought-after chess teachers in the world. He lives in New York.
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The first part of the book is also much more valuable (and accessible to beginners) than the reviews suggest. The idea of making an evaluation graph by move is outstanding. First you should make your own graph and then you can compare it to a chess engine. The hard problems in Chess Exam And Training Guide: Rate Yourself And Learn How To Improve (Chess Exams) are positions where you are asked "who stands better". Try it on master games, try it on your own games. Make a graph and then compare it to a chess engine and see if your evaluations are similar or different and why. In your own games, make the plot and notice where the swings are. Compare that to the time you spent thinking on the move (you do record your thinking time, don't you?) and you will see what types of positions give you trouble.
I am a low rated beginning adult, but I was delighted when I saw this book at a bookseller at a tournament. I snapped it up right away.
There is no way to make chess easy, so it is unrealistic to expect a book to make you better, only study and practice will make you better. Worse, the other reviewers apparently don't understand how little money there is in being a chess professional. Advertisements and some self-promotion are the consequences of the poor overall situation US chess professionals find themselves in. Do you really think someone as good as GM Alburt wanted a USCF advertisement in his book? Except for the idea that playing in USCF tournaments is the only way to find out how strong you are (sorry: ICC and Chess.com ratings are terribly inflated compared to real weekend tournaments).
I recommend this book: if only for the chapters on "Specialization" Part 1 and 2 - they are awesome.
"The ability to judge a position accurately is at the heart of good chess", as it says on the back cover. Problem is, the book doesn't teach you to do that. It assumes you are able to identify the relative strength (good or bad and how much so) of a given move and the resulting position - which Mr. Alburt then teaches you to evaulate numerically (a half-point advantage, say). For this reason alone, the back cover's "Whether you are a beginner or a master" should qualify as false declaration!
It is certainly not for beginners.
One cannot escape the feeling that this book was published more for the benefit of the bank accounts of the author and the editor than for any budding chess master.
Supporting this view is the downright silly placement on p.37 of a half-page ad(!) for the US Chess Federation, urging you to sign up a member.
A biography of Mr. Alburt is on p.199 and the editor, Mr.Lawrence, is presented on p.297. Why?
To round things off, an ad for Mr. Alburt's services as a tutor has been placed on p.347.
Together with Mr. Alburt's constant references to other works written by himself and the not so subtle pitching of Mr.Lawrence's marketing and publishing firm, leaves you wondering what this book is actually meant to be.
A book very smartly packaged and promoted but also a book very unable to live up to it's own hype.
I recommend you don't buy this book to avoid feeling cheated.
I enjoyed a couple of Alburt's earlier books (like Just the Facts!) but this book is a real downer. Not worth [money], let alone [money]!