Thursday, February 21, 2008

New Neil McDonald Book



I've enjoyed the Neil McDonald's books I've read so far, so I will probably buy his new one as well.(it'll be out March 4th) Making a coherent plan is something that I still find challenging at times, so I hope this book will offer some pearls of wisdom :)

11 comments:

chessloser said...

this is great. i have his "art of logical thinking" and love it, and making a plan is still something i've not quite gotten a good grasp on. this will most likely be the next book i buy.

Chessaholic said...

hey cl! I agree, his "art of logical thinking" is great. so is his "art of planning". I already order the new book so it'll be here next week. I'll post first impressions after I receive it.

drunknknite said...

Have you read his book on sacrifices?

Chessaholic said...

No, haven't read that one... If you've read it - did you like it? The only ones I've read are the two I mentioned above - "art of planning" and "art of logical thinking"

drunknknite said...

No I haven't read it but I will probably pick it up at some point. Another author brought my attention to it.

wang said...

Might I recommend Silman's Reasses Your Chess Workbook. It helps in all phases of the game. If you get a chance pick it up.

drunknknite said...

i strongly second wang's recommendation, that workbook gave me 300 points probably

Chessaholic said...

Thanks Wang & drunknknite, sounds like I need to check it out :) What's the difference between "how to reassess your chess" and the "how to reassess your chess workbook" ?

drunknknite said...

i never read how to reassess your chess so i don't really know, i think it is that the workbook is more exercise and example based whereas htryc is more prose. someone else will have to answer that question tho.

wang said...

HTRYC is good, but he summarizes the whole book in the first 60 pages or so of the workbook. Then you have 140+ problems to work through. They are arranged by opening, middlegame, endgame, and game annotation, where you annotate a whole game. You can apply his methods to any phase of the game. He will state however that a tactical shot will trump all. Overall an excellent book, and I would recommend skipping HTRYC altogether.

Chessaholic said...

Thanks for the feedback guys! The workbook sounds like a good deal, I'm going to order it today :)