Wednesday, April 02, 2008

I sold 'em

A bookseller chess enthusiast came over yesterday and bought every one of the books I gave a C through F. Sort of sad to see them go, and I don't even want to think about how much money I spent versus how much I sold them for. But it wasn't money wasted. Each book was another iteration of my random search process which ultimately ended in me finding a great book for the topic of interest. Those are the 40 or so books remaining on my shelf, the most fit genes in the struggle for survival. Good riddance Aaagaard. But a sad farewell to 'Just the facts.'

I kept only two sellable books so I could trade them with someone for a DVD. Sorry to anyone else who wanted anything, but it is a pain to ship individual books so I just got rid of all of 'em at once.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

So did monroi email you?


4/02/2008 04:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Summarize what you have left. It's too hard to quickly figure it out over 6 videos.

4/02/2008 06:22:00 PM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

No email from Monroi.

In the last video, maybe I'll put up a shot of my bookshelf which shows the books I've kept...I got rid of almost all my openings books, kept a couple of endgame books, a couple of strategy books, and a bunch of tactics and annotated game collections.

4/02/2008 08:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

u suck!!!!!! I WANTED THAT BOOOOK!

4/03/2008 12:22:00 AM  
Blogger Glenn Wilson said...

Your review of Silman's Complete Endgame Course prompted me to read the reviews at Amazon and elsewhere and to buy the book. It arrived yesterday and I spent about an hour with it.

How had I missed this book? Oh, it just came out in 2007.

I quickly went through the tests at the end of each chapter getting them all correct until Part Five ("B") where I missed 2 out of 10 and Part Six ("A") where I missed 4 out of 13. As a "low expert" I'd say it pegged the material about right for me.

I'll probably start studying with the book in Part Six with some review in Part Five. So far, I'm impressed but I have not read much of the material yet outside of the tests....

4/03/2008 06:02:00 AM  
Blogger Loomis said...

I guess the buyer is not a fan of the blog ;-). Or maybe planning to resell them.

4/03/2008 09:30:00 AM  
Blogger Pawned! said...

What DVD(s) are you looking for?

4/03/2008 10:08:00 AM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Pawned--none at this point....

Loomis--yes, he had never heard of the blog (but I think he saw it as I sent him the link to see the sorts of books I had).

4/03/2008 12:32:00 PM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Glenn--cool. I would think it would be nearly too easy for you, but good to see you don't think it's crap :)

4/03/2008 12:33:00 PM  
Blogger takchess said...


Is this an end of an era? Is this one of your final chess blogs?

Good Luck,


4/03/2008 06:23:00 PM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Tak--still two more videos to go. I did the entire video one knight, and have been posting it incrementally.

4/03/2008 07:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like pawned, I have lots of DVDs. Would be happy to make copies for you at a moment's notice.


4/04/2008 08:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Anonymous: Since I was working on it anyway... a rough draft.

Silman's complete endgame course - Silman A+

Practical Chess Exercises - Ray Cheng A-A+

chessmaster 10th edition A/B (lectures worth price of admission)
CT for Beginners, convetka A
Chess openings - Mike Basman (out of print) A

fritz 09 B
fritztrainer endgames B
the total marshall (cd) B
queens gambit declined (starting out) - Neil M(a)cDonald B
unbeatable chess lessons for juniors (chess for juniors series) - Robert M. Snyder B
Chess Visualization Course - Ian Anderson (counting problems) B
Back to basics tactics - Heisman B
Alapin French Tim Sawyer B
A First Book of Morphy - Frisco Del Roserio B
Beginning Chess - Rudolph Pandolfini (300 simple tactic puzzles) B
CT for intermediate - convetka B
Roman's Lab vol 17 Unbeatable sectret weapons for black B
Winning with the Smith-Morra Gambit - Graham Burgess B
Understanding the Chess Openings - Sam Collins B
Chess Master vs. Chess Amateur - Euwe & Mei/lden B
It's your move B
Pandolfini - Weapons of chess (strategy) B
Michael de la Maza - Rapid Chess Improvement B
Michael Stean - Simple Chess B
Paul Littlewood - Chess Tactics (relative beginners, defense/exploit) B (best intro to tactics)
Neil McDonald - Chess; the art of logical thinking B
Think Like a Grandmaster B (just because it's a classic)
Chernev - Logical Chess: move by move B (classic)
Davies - Gambiteer I B
Euwe - Chess Master vs. Chess Amateur B
Heisman - Elemements of Positional Evaluation B

4/04/2008 09:52:00 AM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Anonymous: wow you kick ass. Thanks for doing that!

Incidentally, among many other word-slips and the like (e.g., calling Plaskett 'Plankett' at one point in the most recent vid), I was just wrong that Basman is out of print. I thought it was a couple of years ago, but it is in print now.

And thanks Bill. I'm trading for a DVD on the NF6 Scandinavian, an opening that still interests me a lot.

4/04/2008 10:52:00 AM  

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