How to Reassess Your Chess has long been considered a modern classic. Now, this fourth and final edition – completely rewritten and featuring all new examples – takes Silman’s groundbreaking concept of imbalances to a whole new level. Designed for players in the 1400 to 2100 rating range and for teachers looking for a ready-made chess curriculum, the author shares a mind-expanding journey that takes the reader through imbalance-basics, ensures that every detail of all the imbalances are mastered, and leaves the player/lover of chess with something he always wanted but never believed he could achieve: a master-level positional foundation.
A section on practical chess psychology (titled Psychological Meanderings) presents never-before-published ideas on psychological processes that hinder players of all levels, and gives easy-to-follow advice and techniques that will help anyone overcome these ubiquitous mental/emotional failings.
Hundreds of games brought to life by instruction-rich prose, and stories that offer humor while highlighting various lessons, vividly illustrate all the book’s topics in a manner that’s both personal and fun.
If the positional masterpieces of the chess legends have always been a mystery to you, if chess strategy has always been an unsolvable enigma, if you find yourself a positional pawn rather than a positional master, then How to Reassess Your Chess, 4th edition will prove to be a life-changing experience.
"The Rolls Royce of instructive chess books—more chess players have improved by reading How to Reassess Your Chess than any other book."
—John Watson, International Master and author of over 30 chess books
"It seems crazy for Silman to do a complete "reassessment" of his groundbreaking work, but the all-new 4th edition is better than ever! This book is a must for all players serious about improving their game."
—Joel Benjamin, International Grandmaster, three-time U.S. Chess Champion, and author
"A whole chess generation grew up with How to Reassess Your Chess. This magnificent new edition will delight teachers, those who want to improvetheir game, and those who dreamed of new material on Silman's imbalance-concept."
—Yasser Seirawan, International Grandmaster, four-time U.S. Chess Champion, and author
"This tour de force by Jeremy Silman is a book every chess player should have. It is in a class of its own. I believe it is the best instructional book that has ever been written. Mr. Silman combines technical prowess with his mature insight into the human mind to bring us an exposition that reaches beyond the chessboard to an invaluable understanding of how we can overcome our self-defeating patterns in chess and life.Read this book now and feel its depth and power."
—Daniel Doen Silberberg, Zen teacher (White Plum Lineage) and author of Wonderland: The Zen of Alice
"Brilliant chess instruction, practicality, psychological acuity, wit and sheer entertainment. Even spiritual wisdom! Silman has written a chess book like no other. Does it get any better than this?"
—Mahamandaleshwar Swami Shankarananda, USCF Master, head of Shiva Ashram
(Melbourne, Australia), and author of the bestselling Happy for No Good Reason and other books on meditation and spirituality