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Dan Heisman

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Dan Heisman is a United States Chess Federation National Master, author and instructor.
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The Improving Chess Thinker
Revised and Expanded
Dan Heisman - 2014-07-01 (first published in 2009)
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Chessplayers wishing to improve their performance typically seek to deepen their middlegame understanding or to increase their endgame knowledge. Often, however, the real key to improvement lies not in learning additional ideas and positions, but in developing a more effective thinking process at the board.In The Improving Chess Thinker, acclaimed ...
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Someone just commented about a book on thought process & my main book is The Improving Chess Thinker (2nd Ed) Besides general info on thought process, it gives sample "thought protocols" for players of every class 800-2500 #Chess #chesspunks #chessies      source
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The World’s Most Instructive Amateur Game Book
Dan Heisman - 2014-05-01 (first published in 2012)
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Who says that you can t learn from the games of amateurs? Renowned chess instructor and writer Dan Heisman presents thirty games by intermediate-level players, each one offering a rich variety of lessons in practical competitive play for all chess enthusiasts. The catalog of errors runs the gamut from taking too much (or too little!) time to think,...
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@NealBruceBC If my "The World's Most Instructive Amateur Games Book" is read by anyone & they still think it doesn't deserve to be on this list (I've read most), that'd be quite disappointing. It covers a gap master game books often miss & is one of my best #chesspunks      source
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Practical Chess Exercises
600 Lessons from Tactics to Strategy
Ray Cheng - 2007-05-15
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Raise your chess to the next level with this program of 600 instructive and challenging exercises covering all aspects of the game. This book will sharpen your tactical vision, deepen your positional understanding, and enrich your knowledge of theoretical positions. It will also strengthen your analytical skills, and instill a sound move selection ...
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@chessmensch It's sort of like when Ray Cheng wrote his excellent book Practical Chess Exercises to fill a needed void. #Chess #chesspunks      source
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Power Chess for Kids
Learn How to Think Ahead and Become One of the Best Players in Your School
Charles Hertan - 2011-10-16
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A power move, explains experienced chess teacher Charles Hertan, is a winning master tactic that requires thinking ahead. To become one of the best chess players in your school you need to be able to think just 1,5 moves ahead, and this book teaches the four basic tricks do so. You will learn how to weed out silly moves and just consider a few impo...
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J15 Many books "for kids" aren't really for kids at all - can't tell a book by it's title. All of Coakley's books are excellent for adults too & Hertan named the tactical device "sneaky pin" via his excellent (for everyone) book Power Chess For Kids #Chess      source
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Alexander Alekhine - My Best Games of Chess - 1908-1937
Alexander Alekhine - 2011-11-02 (first published in 1939)
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World Champion from 1927-35 and again from 1937-46, Alexander Alekhine ranks as one of the four or five greatest players in chess history. Edward Lasker rates him the game’s supreme inventive genius; Euwe considers him the all-time greatest attacking player. A master of all phases of chess, his games were richly conceived and immensely complex. As ...
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@mauricioartieda @Lona_Chess I wasn't sure if you were asking Dan L or me or both. No one book helped me the most, but some of my early helpful books were MCO-10, Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played, Pawn Power in Chess, Alekhine's Best Games, How to Win in the Middlegame, The Art of Attack... #Chess      source
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The Big Picture
On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself
Sean Carroll - 2017-05-16 (first published in 2016)
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The instant New York Times bestseller about humanity's place in the universe--and how we understand it."Vivid...impressive....Splendidly informative."--The New York Times "Succeeds spectacularly."--Science"A tour de force."--Salon Already internationally acclaimed for his elegant, lucid writing on the most challenging notions in modern physics, Se ...
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The most "tour de force" fun book I ever read was Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Hofstadter but the most tour-de-force "non-fun" book was The Big Picture by Sean Carroll Both deep stuff & highly recommended.      source
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Gödel, Escher, Bach
An Eternal Golden Braid
Douglas R. Hofstadter - 1999-02-05 (first published in 1979)
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Douglas Hofstadter's book is concerned directly with the nature of “maps” or links between formal systems. However, according to Hofstadter, the formal system that underlies all mental activity transcends the system that supports it. If life can grow out of the formal chemical substrate of the cell, if consciousness can emerge out of a formal syste...
Dan Heisman
The most "tour de force" fun book I ever read was Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Hofstadter but the most tour-de-force "non-fun" book was The Big Picture by Sean Carroll Both deep stuff & highly recommended.      source
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Applying Logic in Chess
Erik Kislik - 2018-05-31
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Shortlisted for the FIDE Book of the Year Award Is chess a logical game? What constitutes an advantage in chess? How can we set problems and create psychologically difficult situations for the opponent? These are big questions, and Erik Kislik tackles them and others head-on in this thought-provoking, thoroughly modern, and original work. He answer...
Dan Heisman
I have added Kislic's Applying Logic in Chess to my Recommended Book page Don't be fooled by the title; it's actually a coach's "soup to nuts" recommendations/opinions for how talented players can progress to a very strong level. Comprehensive. #Chess      source
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Chess Exam And Training Guide
Rate Yourself And Learn How To Improve (Chess Exams)
Igor Khmelnitsky - 2004-09-30
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This book offers a unique approach to chess self-evaluation and training. It will answer the two most common questions that players ask an experienced coach - what is my true rating (or strengths and weaknesses)? How do I improve? The readers will find: 100 diagrams & 200 total questions of various difficulty. Comprehensive answers include diagrams...
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J29 As an actuary, IM Igor Khmelnitsky knows statistics. So he shows stats about how each level of solver did on each problem in his book Chess Exam and Training Guide. These stats clearly show what level understands the needs/issues of each problem. Recommended for 1500+ #Chess      source
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Winning Chess Strategy for Kids
Jeff Coakley - 2000-12-01
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Winning Chess Strategy for Kids is a fun and comprehensive chess course written for children 7 to 13 years old. Full of original material and entertaining artwork, it's a perfect guide for learning the royal game. Parents and teachers are sure to like it too. The book begins on square one: covering the rules, basic mates, and elementary tactics. It...
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@upenn08 Yes, all of Jeff Coakley's books are excellent (and not just for kids). This book, Winning Chess Exercises for Kids is, IMHO, the best intermediate tactics puzzle book. (Just look at his comprehensive answers!) #chess      source