95 ( +1 | -1 ) Studying Chess books...Does anyone have tips on how they study chess books? I realize this may seem a silly question, but from someone who hasn't studied very many chess books and recently started, I'm curious as to how you follow the different games and combinations? Do you set up a board and follow it through? What I've been doing is just quickly scanning the moves and entering the game in Chessmaster and saving the .pgn file, THEN following the game through and reading the annotations for a more in depth analysis. I've been saving the games as I go along in my book, so that I can refer to them later. Does anyone else do this? It would be nice if some of these publishing companies provided .pgn downloads of all the games in their chess books. I find it much easier following it on the computer, and saving personal annotations in the .pgn so that I can refer to it later. I was primarily just curious if anyone followed the same method.
20 ( +1 | -1 ) Similar to you but I play the games on a real chessboard. Something about moving the pieces with my hands improves my learning curve, as with a computer it's just 'click' 'click' 'click'.
53 ( +1 | -1 ) Groove...The way to do it is over a real board... Take your time and make sure you get the whole principle from each chapter of the chess book... Though chess progams can help in the realm of chess analysis, it can also styfle ones creativity in the learning process... I know it can be difficult learning to follow notation, but just like reading music, the longer you practice reading it, the faster you will be at reading it...
It takes time and patience to master this game, but time and patience is a big part of the game...
61 ( +1 | -1 ) grooveChessmaster 9000 has several very good learning tools built into the program! I wish these were available to me when I was first learning the game. Which ever method you use, its important that you learn to analyze without moving the pieces. You'll want to solve lots of middlegame and endgame puzzles this will sharpen your chess vision. Positional chess can be learned from well annotated games by covering up the moves and trying to figure out the next move the annotations will push you in the right direction as you progress through the game.