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John David Bartholomew is an American chess player and International Master. As of 2020, he resides in Minnesota.
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Imagination in Chess
How to Think Creatively and Avoid Foolish Mistakes
Paata Gaprindashvili - 2004-02-28
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"Train your brain to think and evaluate with this book dedicated to imagination in chess. Learn how to approach problems independently in order to become a chess master. With numerous positions provided, you'll be able to practice and perfect your problem-solving skills."
John Bartholomew
I'm tackling some late-night tactics from the wonderful book "Imagination in Chess." Come watch me struggle Starbucks-less as we approach midnight!      source
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Move First, Think Later
Sense and Nonsense in Improving Your Chess, 3rd Edition
Willy Hendriks - 2012-08-16
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Move First, Think Later is a thought-provoking book by International Master Willy Hendriks, that exposes the truth about the chess instruction establishment's claims. Hendriks argues that simply following the characteristics of a position and sticking to rules of thumb does not necessarily lead to good moves. Instead, he shows that trial and error is a highly effective way to become a better chess player. Hendriks uses recent scientific insights to explore the chess playing mind and poses intriguing questions about whether anyone can become a grandmaster, how useful trainers' advice really is, and whether it's possible to reach master level without a plan. This engaging and instructive book offers valuable training material for players of all levels.
John Bartholomew
Also, it's OK to let your mind meander; your thought process will rarely follow a linear path. Strong players do this all the time. On this subject, I really like the book "Move First, Think Later" by Hendriks.      source
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Build Up Your Chess 1
The Fundamentals (Yusupov's Chess School)
Artur Yusupov - 2008-06-01 (first published in 2007)
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This chess guide is perfect for players looking to take their skills to the next level. Written by a former world-ranked player, Build Up Your Chess 1 offers carefully selected positions and advice to help readers gain a deeper understanding of the game. The book also includes challenging puzzles to put the new knowledge into practice. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced player, Yusupov's guide will hone your skills on solid foundations.
John Bartholomew
@NealBruceBC @PROChessLeague Yes, definitely - the Yusupov series is excellent. More challenging than they look, too.      source
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Amateur to IM
Proven Ideas and Training Methods
Jonathan Hawkins - 2012-01-01
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This chess book by Jonathan Hawkins reveals the secrets of his notebooks for the first time, providing valuable insight into how he went from being an average player to an International Master and Grandmaster title contender in just three years. Focusing on the endgame, Hawkins presents special material aimed at helping readers become better practical players, armed with a deeper understanding of key aspects of chess. Study the lessons in this book to significantly improve your performance and rating.
John Bartholomew
@RaphiRau I like Jonathan Hawkins's "Amateur to IM" for beginning/intermediate players. "Attack with Mikhail Tal" is another good one!      source
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Attack with Mikhail Tal
Mikhail Tal - 1994-08-01
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Experience the brilliance and charisma of the legendary Mikhail Tal, known as the finest ever exponent of attacking chess. Discover his all-out sacrificial style that took him to the World Championship title and inspired chess passions worldwide. In his last book, Tal shares his secrets for unleashing devastating attacks in all kinds of positions, written together with Russian sports journalist Iakov Damsky.
John Bartholomew
@RaphiRau I like Jonathan Hawkins's "Amateur to IM" for beginning/intermediate players. "Attack with Mikhail Tal" is another good one!      source