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Full disclosure: I'm quite a weak player at the time of reading this. I don't expect reading this book will make much difference to my strength either. Rowson mentions in an endnote that he basically agrees with the dictum that at my level studying tactics is about all that matters for improvement. Like another reviewer much of the annotations for the games was over my head.On the other hand it was an entertaining read. It's not meant to be any kind of doctrine. The style was engaging. It really...
Excellent! It helps to think differently!
I know how chess pieces move, but haven't played the game since I was a kid and couldn't follow the annotated games that comprise about half the pages of this book. I nonetheless loved Chess for Zebras because of the way its author, a Grandmaster who has also worked and thought as a chess tutor, conceives the game. "Chess," he writes, "...is about using ideas to solve problems." So the problem of the book becomes: How does one go from knowing-that to knowing-how, that is, knowing about an idea t...
A clever philosophical approach to chess. Rowson deals with the human element in playing this game....
a must-read for every chess player
One of best original works ever published in chess scene. If you like literature, if you like chess, if you want to improve this is pure gold for you.
Began reading 30 June 2009. After reading the first half of this I returned it to my friend. It's a great read because it frankly addresses the question Why is it that adults so seldom improve at chess, even with disciplined study?
A very intersting book on chess for advanced players giving an original perpective of the game. Encourages you to think with your head and not to learn uncritically.Recommended.