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Dvoretsky's Analytical Manual: Practical Training for the Ambitious Chessplayer
This book is aimed first of all at helping strong players complete themselves. This ensures that it will overflow with exceptionally complex analyses and exercises, which will be difficult for even the leading grandmasters to handle. But even amateur players will find something of interest in it. How can it not be interesting to peek - perhaps not as an owner, but at least as a guest - into the world of high-level chess, to see with one's own eyes what sort of problems chess "pros" have to wrestle with (successfully or not), and how far from being complete even their play is? The many exercises presented in this book differ greatly from one another in their level of difficulty: some are fairly simple and accessible. It makes sense to take a stab at solving the tougher exercises, too; then later, once you have seen the answer, you will have a better grasp of your own abilities, strength and weakness. And finally: the analyses presented in this book include a multitude of most impressive passages, unusual and spectacular moves and combinations - and chessplayers of almost any grade can certainly find enjoyment in beauty. Readers who become familiar with this book will soon see, no doubt, that side variations are often analyzed in far more detail than is necessary to follow the course of battle in the game under discussion. Why would the author do this? Because, first of all, to give an objective assessment of all, or nearly all, the previously existing commentaries, written by other annotators. But chiefly because many of these side variations are interesting and educational in and of themselves, and create supplementary exercises. Look at them simply as lyrical digressions; don't worry if they seem unconnected to the main theme. Where possible, the author has tried to lay out the principles, methods and rules, ideas and techniques that lie behind the moves.The book was also designed as a practice book, to test and underscore the reader's newly acquired knolwedge. This book takes it place next to the author's classic "Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual" as being one of the great books of the modern era, a book from which the serious student may take his or her knowledge and understanding of complex middlegame ideas to the next level.
Superb From Dvoretsky--As Usual
By A. McCrea "agmccrea"
- November 29, 2008
This is another sublimely interesting compilation from the Dvoretsky files. It is not as thematic as some of his other books, which have focused on, for example, opening preparation, attacking ideas and endgames. (His Endgame Manual is required reading.) This one is collected from articles published by the author over the last few years, mostly on the internet. But it is much more than that. He has updated and expanded virtually everything that appears in the book. And in some respects the fact that each section is a separate mini-manual makes the book even more compelling than some of the others. The variety of concepts keeps the reader anxious to get to the next section. As always with Dvoretsky, the analysis is astoundingly thorough and the games fascinating. The first game in the book could reward a year's study all by itself. But unlike some of his other works, all of which are aimed at the stronger player and many of which can be daunting even for the best, the number of... read more
You can read this book! It can be done!
By John Hartmann
- October 31, 2008
Dvoretsky has a well-earned reputation as being the world's best trainer, and his books sell very well on that basis. Ask a master-level player what he or she thinks about Dvoretsky, and chances are that they'll say that (1) Dvoretsky is really useful for improving your chess, but (2) you need to put in a _lot_ of work with his books to get anything out of them, and (3) players under class A or expert level would do best to steer clear of these books. Instead, chess mortals should study materials that are less complex and more immediately digestible.
I'm rated roughly 1500 USCF. I miss tactics often, endings are a foreign language, etc. I'm able - with a lot of work, with the help of a second board for analysis - to work through the book under discussion, Dvoretsky's Analytical Manual. Masters may be able to solve the most difficult questions posed, but I can't, and that's ok! I work through the analysis at a very slow pace and enjoy the mind-blowing complexity of... read more
Devoretsky's Analytical Manual
By Peacemaker Dyakuseni
- February 11, 2010
I am a 2010 rated player.The Anaytical manual by Mark devoretsky is a top of the shelf book for all serious tournament players who would like to get to the next level in their play. I am not yet through the book but its analysis on psychological over the board challenges is really something to look at.The author has really taken his time to exposes his exepriences on the treasures of positional play.
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