We begin with the match books. They aren’t entirely en vogue today, but I think there are quite a few still in print worth your time and dollars. Your chess player will love them.
One of the great difficulties of reviewing chess books is dealing with all of the analysis. The days of Fred Reinfeld and his breezy notes are long gone, and in their place, we get variations analyzed into the ground with the help of our ‘metal friends.’ The results can be mind-numbing. Sometimes I wonder whether today’s authors don’t analyze more than even they think they need to, lest a Stockfish-armed reader loudly find them sloppy.
“I am convinced that, without a critical understanding of his own play, it is impossible for a player to develop.”
How can you leverage chess technology to become a better chess player?
With the rise of the engines, we chess mortals suddenly have unfettered access to Grandmaster-level analysis at the push of a button.
What is the single best thing you can do to improve your chess in this new year?
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