Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Reassess your chess next year

As I mentioned in a previous post, Silman is releasing a fourth edition of How to Reassess your Chess, which he says will be a major overhaul and improvement to the third edition. In his his original discussion of this matter he said that he planned on releasing it at the end of 2007. I emailed him about his plans for publication, and he responded:
Dear [Blue Devil Knight],

Sadly, I'm always late on these books. I'm hoping to finish it by the end of 08. Expect it to be available in late 08 or early 09.

Hopefully, all the fans of the first one will find this to be worth the wait!

Sincerely,
Jeremy Silman

What a good egg he is to respond to my query. In addition to having the best endgame book out there, he now is on my "good egg" list. Liquid egg product's mascot, it has been reported, is jealous.

14 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I THINK YOU FOCUS TOO MUCH ON OPENINGS WITH THE BOOKS I SAW.
I CONCENTRATE ON TACTICS,INSTRUCTIVE GAME BOOKS LIKE THE MOST INSTRUCTIVE GAMES BY CHERNEV,LOGICAL CHESS AND A FEW MORE AND ENDINGS.IN THE FUTURE I WILL STUDY THE GREAT GAMES OF THE MASTERS.STUDYING ALOT OF OPENINGS ARE A WASTE OF TIME AT THE PATZER LEVEL.YOU NEED TO LEARN THE GAME.

3/05/2008 02:18:00 PM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Anonymous egads why are you yelling? It actually makes it harder to read when people use all caps.

Yes, you are definitely right. It was not helpful necessarily for my chess but I just really enjoy studying openings for the aesthetics of the thing. Also, see my comments on the first video where I discuss this topic a bit more.

3/05/2008 02:21:00 PM  
Blogger takchess said...

BDK,
YOU SILLY PATZER ,HOW DARE YOU CHALLENGE "HE WHO WRITES IN CAPS" !
LEARN THE GAME,YOU FOOL!

http://www.chesscafe.com/Reviews/boty.htm

3/05/2008 04:37:00 PM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Tak: THANKS FOR THE LINK TO THE REVIEW OF SILMAN'S BOOK. I REALLY APPRECIATE IT.

Incidentally, this blog has had a lot of discussion about how much, or little, to look at openings. This was talked about quite a bit, and I developed a restriction on how much time I was allowed to spend on openings, in my rule of 10 post.

3/05/2008 07:00:00 PM  
Blogger wang said...

HI BLUE DEVIL KNIGHT! HOW ARE YOU DOING?! I JUST WANTED YOU TO KNOW THAT I AM ACTUCALLY SCREAMING THIS AS I TYPE IT. YES MY DOG IS LOOKING AT ME FUNNY. BUT PEOPLE YOU TYPE IN ALL CAPS IRRITATE THE HELL OUT OF ME! OK, NOW I HAVE TO WALK THE DOG!

thank you.

ps. maybe he's the anti-chessloser.;)

3/05/2008 09:07:00 PM  
OpenID liquideggproduct said...

ARRRGH!!!! YES THIS IS THE MASCOT!!! HOW DARE YOU BDK I THOUGHT YOU WERE COOL BUT NOW YOU THINK SILMAN IS COOLER THAN ME!!!! I WILL BURN ALL THE SILMAN BOOKS I CAN FIND!!!

AND I PREFER TO USE CUTLASSES RATHER THAN DAGGERS THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!

3/05/2008 10:14:00 PM  
OpenID tcoem said...

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH!

3/05/2008 10:26:00 PM  
OpenID tcoem said...

Oh, and thanks for the update.

3/05/2008 10:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was no particular reason why I wrote in caps.AND I TAKE IT AS AN OFFENSE THAT YOU DID!!!!
Just kidding!!
One of my favorite blogs of yours was the one on Chernev's books.Terrific writer!
Reinfeld did several books I enjoy.The Complete Book of Chess Stratagems,and the two 1001 books.

3/05/2008 11:05:00 PM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

WANG: LMAO. That is awesome. Why am I starting to regret complaining about all caps...

Mascot: you are flipping Silman the bird, not holding a dagger. Your scrawny little egg (non-middle) fingers are just too scrawny to see (it has nothing to do with my photoshopping skills).

tcoem: Wow something about the Silman book!!! I'm excited. That may well be the next chess book I buy (from the vids, it is obvious I already have too many and am on prohibition right now from buying chess books..I must have spent 2000 bucks or so...crap...).

anon Chernev is fun. I review that at some point in the vid, reluctantly giving it a B...

3/05/2008 11:33:00 PM  
Blogger Chessaholic said...

lol I also thought the Mascot was holding a dagger...

damn don't remind me of the money spent on chess books... it's scary to think how many $$$ those shelves full of books translate to...

3/06/2008 05:07:00 PM  
Blogger katar said...

i thought it was clearly a middle finger. but then, i am used to driving in LA traffic.

looking forward to the rest of the book reviews. :)

3/07/2008 01:56:00 AM  
Blogger Pawned! said...

Silman's "Reassess" is an awesome book. I found a copy at a yard sale for 50 cents (I love finding great books for no money)!

Enjoying the book videos. Hate this is a swan song for you as far as chess is concerned, but appreciate, and am very knowledgable about moving on to other things. Life *is* short, and there is a lot of great stuff out there to experience beyond the 64.

Cheers,
Rich
Pawned! (exclamatory, but never yelling)

3/07/2008 09:01:00 AM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Thanks for the note Pawned. I am really looking forward to picking up Silman's book. I have never read it and am waiting for the fourth ed...

3/07/2008 12:07:00 PM  

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