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Re: Chess Book Review blog
Reply #399 - 01/18/19 at 09:37:22
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proustiskeen wrote on 01/17/19 at 15:13:13:
Welcome back, chesspubbers!

My January review of Chessbase 15 and Chessable.

https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/2019/01/02/books-and-beyond/

"When Garry Kasparov says that ChessBase is the most important innovation in chess since the printing press, he is not exaggerating."
I believe you are misinterpreting Kasparov here. Kasparov has also stated earlier that Chessbase is kindergarten for him and the Fritz interface is for him sufficient. This statement I already mentioned 5 years ago on this forum.
When Kasparov says that Chessbase is the most important innovation then most likely he refers to the firm/ brand and not the single product. Anyway it is a very old statement of almost 20 years ago from Kasparov and Kasparov is already out of competition for almost 14 years so we better listen to other active players.

Another topic which reviews never touch is, when do you recommend Chessbase and when do you think the Fritz interface is sufficient. I notice most chessplayers around me buy once Chessbase and afterwards never buy an upgrade as they used the program barely and consider therefore the price too high.

My personal view is that Chessbase is only more interesting than the Fritz interface for a relative small % of players. I summarize them below.
1) (Professional) trainers -> prepare lessons around certain themes by using the advanced search masks, cloud
2) Students which actively work together with a trainer so share often analysis, homework,... -> cloud
3) Ambitious players/ professionals working together on some chess-projects -> cloud
4) Ambitious players/ professionals working with several devices -> cloud
5) Early adopters/ gadget lovers which just like to have always the latest innovations, features,... and don't bother to pay money for it.
6) Rich players. The price is for them nothing more than some spare change.

I'll write a blogpost in the nearby future about the most important differences between both products to my perspective. For that I put both manuals next to it and make a comparison.
  
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Welcome back, chesspubbers!

My January review of Chessbase 15 and Chessable.

https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/2019/01/02/books-and-beyond/
  
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Reply #397 - 11/21/18 at 03:47:38
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Always interesting to read, thanks for sharing.
And not often that one sees the word 'epiphenomenal' in chess publications eh.
  
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Reply #396 - 11/20/18 at 20:45:04
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My December review / roundup of six books I neglected over the past year, slightly early due to the pre-Thanksgiving release of the December Chess Life. Happy holidays!

https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/2018/11/20/tis-the-season/
  
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Reply #395 - 11/01/18 at 18:48:54
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My November review of four books related to the upcoming World Championship Match, including Brin-Jonathan Butler's mass market release.

https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/2018/11/01/world-championship-fever/
  
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Re: Chess Book Review blog
Reply #394 - 10/09/18 at 03:34:34
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GMTonyKosten wrote on 05/09/18 at 22:05:44:
This discussion reminded me of a conversation I had with a group of Russian GMs 30 years ago concerning Shereshevsky's book 'Endgame Strategy': I was saying how good it was and how much I liked it, to which I was informed that it was mostly copied from other (Soviet) authors! I have no idea if this is true or not, maybe it was just sour grapes, but it stuck in my memory.


That is hilarious Tony. Indian authors are also not afraid of plagiarizing or stealing others' work completely. I've heard it from the mouths of Grandmasters in the country and who played on Indian teams.

Dvoretsky used copyrighted material in his own books as well, which was in direct violation of the law, but no one cared. That's why I'm chuckling about this hubbub when Shereshevsky violated no laws and actually made these other authors richer. Strictly, you must prove damage done and there certainly wasn't any done by him praising others. Additionally, that's not the definition of plagiarism; he didn't pass off anyone else's work as his own. He cited someone else's books that definitely earned them more money.

Actually, Naroditsky stole - literally word-for-word - entire games with game analysis and not a single note changed from Dvoretsky in his book Mastering Positional Chess. Apparently no one noticed besides me and some people on forums, so he won numerous book of the year awards for it. I closed the book - not only did he steal Dvoretsky's analysis on the famous Botvinnik pawn roller line without changing anything, he even made the exact same errors!

I thought you were going to say that your biggest gripe with Endgame Play is that he cited Alekhine and Capablanca's direct analysis so much. In fact, I see that criticism a lot, but I think that makes the book better. I mean, if you can cite what the actual players were thinking, that can't be a bad thing, so I don't take issue with him for that. Most of the "Soviet School of Chess" stuff is all copied notes from an original source anyway. Does anyone care? Probably just me.
  
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Reply #393 - 10/06/18 at 01:35:56
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My October review of Jay "Coach Jay" Stallings' new series.

https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/2018/10/05/in-your-faaaaaaaaaace/
  
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Re: Chess Book Review blog
Reply #392 - 09/16/18 at 09:22:41
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Stigma wrote on 08/08/18 at 13:58:20:
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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Re: Chess Book Review blog
Reply #391 - 09/01/18 at 15:13:30
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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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Re: Chess Book Review blog
Reply #390 - 08/09/18 at 01:40:22
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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 13:58:20
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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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Re: Chess Book Review blog
Reply #388 - 08/08/18 at 12:15:32
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proustiskeen wrote on 08/08/18 at 04:23:17:
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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Re: Chess Book Review blog
Reply #387 - 08/08/18 at 04:23:17
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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 14:37:16
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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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Re: Chess Book Review blog
Reply #385 - 06/06/18 at 13:56:37
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proustiskeen wrote on 06/05/18 at 20:28:52:
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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