The Amateur's Mind takes the student on a journey through his own mind and returns him to the chess board with a wealth of new-found knowledge and the promise of a significant gain in strength.
Most amateurs possess erroneous thinking processes that, elusive and difficult to eradicate, remain with them throughout their lives. These flaws in their mental armor result in stinging defeats and reversals. Books can be bought and studied, lessons can be taken—but in the end, these elusive problems always prove to be extremely difficult to eradicate.
Seeking a solution to this dilemma, Silman recorded the thoughts of his students while they played actual games, analyzed them, and catalogued the most common misconceptions that arise. He then eradicated these mental traps by offering advice, rules of conduct and strategy, and penetrating psychological insights.
The Amateur’s Mind is a mind-opening guide for all beginning and intermediate tournament-level players.
“The Amateur’s Mind is eminently readable and instruction-rich. Jeremy Silman never disappoints those who seriously wish to improve their game.”
—Joel Benjamin, International Grandmaster, 1987 U.S. Champion
"In my amateur days, I never dreamed of getting lessons like these! Jeremy Silman offers cler, eye-opening insights. Silman has walked the walk, and here he talks the talk."
—Dr. Anthony Saidy, International Master, author of The March of Chess Ideas
"Mr. Silman has become the leading chess writer in America. My student swear by his work."
—John Watson, International Master, author of Play the French