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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 - Sep 01, 2004
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There is much published on chess tactics, strategy, openings and endings, but little on training the brain to think and evaluate. This book is dedicated to that task and provides numerous positions that encourage independent and original problem solving....
John Bartholomew
Sep 12, 2020
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
Move First, Think Later
Sense and Nonsense in Improving Your Chess, 3rd Edition
Willy Hendriks - Aug 16, 2012
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The chess instruction establishment claims that all you need to do is concentrate on the characteristics of a position. Stick to some rules of thumb and good moves will pop up more or less automatically. But that is not how it works, finds International Master Willy Hendriks. Chess players, both weak and strong, don't first make a plan before looki...
John Bartholomew
Aug 05, 2019
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
Build Up Your Chess 1
The Fundamentals (Yusupov's Chess School)
Artur Yusupov - Jun 01, 2008 (first published in 2007)
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A book for chess players who want to build their skills on solid foundations. Yusupov guides the reader towards a higher level of chess understanding using carefully selected positions and advice. This new understanding is then tested by a series of puzzles.Artur Yusupov was ranked No. 3 in the world from 1986 to 1992, just behind the legendary Kar...
John Bartholomew
Feb 03, 2018
@NealBruceBC @PROChessLeague Yes, definitely - the Yusupov series is excellent. More challenging than they look, too.      source
Amateur to IM
Proven Ideas and Training Methods
Jonathan Hawkins - Nov 16, 2012
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International Master Jonathan Hawkins was a relatively slow starter in the world of chess. Learning the game at the age of eight, he was a keen junior who won a number of local tournaments. But by his own admission, ‘by the time I was in my mid-teens my age-to-playing-strength ratio was distinctly average.’He started to study chess very seriously i...
John Bartholomew
Sep 28, 2015
@RaphiRau I like Jonathan Hawkins's "Amateur to IM" for beginning/intermediate players. "Attack with Mikhail Tal" is another good one!      source
Attack with Mikhail Tal
Mikhail Tal - Aug 01, 1994
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The legendary Mikhail Tal was the finest ever exponent of attacking chess. His all-out sacrificial style took him all the way to the World Championship title. Dogged by ill-health, Tal's reign was a short one, and he was never able to regain his crown, but Tal remained an outstanding player right up to his death in 1992. His departure has taken awa...
John Bartholomew
Sep 28, 2015
@RaphiRau I like Jonathan Hawkins's "Amateur to IM" for beginning/intermediate players. "Attack with Mikhail Tal" is another good one!      source