Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Somebody please...

...keep me from ordering any more books.

9 comments:

liquideggproduct said...

No problem. "Biff" and "Charlie" will be paying a visit once they finish throwing out the scum at the club tonight.

nemo said...

Buying books is good for your.. uhhh... uhmm... finances. Yeah that's it!

Chessaholic said...

lol... well if Biff and Charlie get involved, it changes everything.

hmm nemo - you almost had me convinced for a second :)

Polly said...

Think of it as contributing to the economy. Today they said retail spending was down, and that this was the nail in the coffin of the US economy.

You are helping the book retailer boost his numbers. :-)

wang said...

I've got a better idea. You stop buying chess books, and once you find a system that works, tell me how to do it. Sorry friend you're probably speaking to the wrong bunch of folks here.

Blue Devil Knight said...

Make a pile of books you haven't read yet. Either sell them or read them before buying any new books.

I feel your pain. I bought so many awful books, but I hate to say it, I wouldn't have all the gems I do unless I had sifted through some crap to discover them.

Glenn Wilson said...

When I was active in correspondence chess (in the pre computer chess era -- at least for me) I had about 600 chess books.

I now have only about....maybe 50?

But the only ones that matter are the ones you use. Use them or lose them.

Chessaholic said...

Polly - I like your perspective! Makes me feel better already. Chessaholic, savior of the US economy!

Wang - lol maybe we need to start up CBAA (Chess Book Addicts Anonymous)...

BDK: I thought your very cool video reviews would inspire me to get rid of some of the crap on my shelves, but instead I just ordered Starting Out: The Classical Sicilian and Fighting the Anti-Sicilians... I swear, one of these days I'll follow your advise and throw out a bunch of books. Seriously.

Glen - Thanks man, you're proof that there is hope! First off - 600 chess books? That's insane and makes me feel much better about my measly 150 or so books :) The good thing is, I'd say at least half of these books are annotated game collections, which I think are timeless classics - Kasparov, Karpov, Keres, Botvinnik, Tal, Fischer, Korchnoi, Larsen, Morphy, Alekhine, Spassky, Lasker, etc etc... (not to forget the great Steinitz - see BDK's review of this awesome piece of crap). I think I'd feel worse if most of them were opening books or some such. Still, I need to stop adding more and more stuff to my shelves.

drunknknite said...

QUALITY, not quantity.