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Re: Chess Book Review blog
Reply #392 - 09/16/18 at 10:22:41
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Stigma wrote on 08/08/18 at 14:58:20:
Many of the chess book review sites I used to follow out there have either disappeared over the years or they're too shallow to bother with, but your reviews are a stellar exception.


Stigma, what do you think of the chess book review website of ChessScotland?:

https://www.chessscotland.com/news-post/book-reviews/

I would describe the ChessScotland reviews as:
* Thoughtful
* Written in an entertaining style (mostly by Ian Marks)
* Critical when justified (see Marks' review of Pandolfini's "Chess Movies", or Browne's "The Stress of Chess")
* Surprisingly numerous

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Another review website, one that seems to run hot and cold in terms of activity:

http://jeremysilman.com/shop/pc/home.asp
  

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Reply #391 - 09/01/18 at 16:13:30
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My September review of Kislik's Applying Logic in Chess.

https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/2018/09/01/fascinating-and-frustrating/
  
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Reply #390 - 08/09/18 at 02:40:22
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Congratulations! I remain a fan and always look forward to your new reviews. Here's to another productive year of reviewing!
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Reply #389 - 08/08/18 at 14:58:20
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Agreed, this was richly deserved.

Many of the chess book review sites I used to follow out there have either disappeared over the years or they're too shallow to bother with, but your reviews are a stellar exception.

Keep up the good work, and keep alerting us here when you have a new review up!
  

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Reply #388 - 08/08/18 at 13:15:32
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proustiskeen wrote on 08/08/18 at 05:23:17:
My August 2018 review of a number of books on studies and miniatures.

https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/2018/08/07/studying-print-on-demand/

Also, some may be interested to read this:

https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/2018/08/07/cja-awards-2018/

Congratulations. Well deserved.
  

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Reply #387 - 08/08/18 at 05:23:17
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My August 2018 review of a number of books on studies and miniatures.

https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/2018/08/07/studying-print-on-demand/

Also, some may be interested to read this:

https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/2018/08/07/cja-awards-2018/
  
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Reply #386 - 07/03/18 at 15:37:16
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My July review of Sam Shankland's _Small Steps to Giant Improvement._

https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/2018/07/03/one-small-step/
  
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Reply #385 - 06/06/18 at 14:56:37
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proustiskeen wrote on 06/05/18 at 21:28:52:
My June review of Ramesh RB's Fundamental Chess: Logical Decision Making.

https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/2018/06/05/decisions-decisions/

I absolutely love this book! Ramesh mentions a lot of concepts I never heard of before.
  
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Reply #384 - 06/06/18 at 02:28:08
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IsaVulpes wrote on 06/05/18 at 23:06:55:
Thank you lots as per usual! Always a pleasure to read.

Am I interpreting "Its target audience – “younger players,” or, in Ramesh’s system, those rated 1500-2400 (!?) – is very wide" correctly as "If you're rated 2000, you will still get plenty out of this book"?

How would you say it stacks up to the Books reviewed in the older Decisionmaking Review ( https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/2017/10/07/making-better-decisions/ )? Are they even comparable, or too different?


I think a 2000 player could get something out of the book. What I was after with the quoted phrase was that the apparent intended range seems insanely wide for one book.

Aagaard's book covers more meta-level material, deeper consideration of thought processes, etc. It's the better book, which takes nothing away from Ramesh, but TITB is just outstanding. (And if you like both, check out Kislik's new book from Gambit. Just got it, can't put it down, but also frustrated by the tone / lack of citations / need for developmental editing.)
  
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Reply #383 - 06/05/18 at 23:06:55
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Thank you lots as per usual! Always a pleasure to read.

Am I interpreting "Its target audience – “younger players,” or, in Ramesh’s system, those rated 1500-2400 (!?) – is very wide" correctly as "If you're rated 2000, you will still get plenty out of this book"?

How would you say it stacks up to the Books reviewed in the older Decisionmaking Review ( https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/2017/10/07/making-better-decisions/ )? Are they even comparable, or too different?
  
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Reply #382 - 06/05/18 at 21:28:52
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My June review of Ramesh RB's Fundamental Chess: Logical Decision Making.

https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/2018/06/05/decisions-decisions/
  
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Reply #381 - 05/23/18 at 22:15:06
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Well more than that, it's called telling people something they would not otherwise know, and in this particular instance it's done no harm at all.
  
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Reply #380 - 05/23/18 at 08:57:01
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katar wrote on 05/22/18 at 04:59:30:
My 2 cents: it is not the place of a review to pronounce that a book's very existence presents moral, ethical, and legal problems. The boundaries of fair use can be surprising sometimes. The more relevant legal concept is "standing."

The legal concept of standing is there to ensure that the courts are not clogged up with people complaining about things that are none of their business. I don't quite see how it is relevant to book reviews. The publishers of a periodical can, if they wish, tell reviewers to stick to the question of whether the book offers value for money, without straying into the question of whether it should have been published. But, if they don't take that line, I don't see anything wrong with a review that does consider that wider question, for the benefit of any readers who may be interested. It's called free speech.
  
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Reply #379 - 05/22/18 at 15:08:41
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proustiskeen wrote on 05/21/18 at 22:27:50:
I'm also well aware, now more so than ever, that once I write something, it's out there for everyone to take as they will. I need to thicken my own skin and learn to ignore the trolls. (Not to say Rene is one of them; indeed, I'm honored by his careful reading ...)


That’s the spirit.  Years ago, I worked on a daily paper.  We had a sportswriter who said the darndest things, and people wrote in to call him names.  I asked him if the letters bothered him, and he said, “No.  You want them to write in.  That’s how you know they’re reading your stuff.” Wink
  
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Reply #378 - 05/22/18 at 04:59:30
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Bibs wrote on 05/07/18 at 07:14:38:
It is possible that 'IM_Serious' was trying to be funny, but it did not carry well, and it just came across as a rather stupid comment.

This is just spiteful and unnecessary name-calling that adds zero value to the subject matter.  In almost every thread you can find a similarly acidic putdown by a "God Member" to a "Newbie."

I more or less agree with the message behind IM-Serious's comment, which I found succinct and clever.  That makes me stupid and unfunny too, obviously unworthy of intruding into this sacred ground among such luminaries.
My 2 cents: it is not the place of a review to pronounce that a book's very existence presents moral, ethical, and legal problems.  The boundaries of fair use can be surprising sometimes.  The more relevant legal concept is "standing."
  

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