Reviews - What do customers think about The Grandmaster's Mind?
In the tradition of "Think Like a Grandmaster" Jun 21, 2005
My banner makes an attractive headline; but I would humbly opine that this book is sort of like Kotov's classic "Think like a GM" and Pal Benko's "Winning Chess Psychology" combined. I was at the prestigious HB Tournament as a spectator; and there was the widest array of chess books I had ever seen were on sale. Opening books, ones on tactics, games collections, etc. but I wanted something a bit different and this was one of about 6 books I purchased and I have not been dissapointed.
There are two parts of the book, the first part has 12 chapters; the "interviews" with 12 different chessplayers and this keeps up one's interest. Though grandmasters and masters are interviewed in the various chapters and give their input on chess and the thinking process, my favourite chapter is 9 on Ofer Comay, who is largely a chess problem solver,having won tournaments for solving such puzzles. It is interesting to hear what he has to say and some puzzles are provided. This is one of the strongpoints of this book in that like the Pal Benko book there is an element of "human interest." Much of the book can be set aside for bedside reading or maybe when one takes the bus, a workbreak and such.
Part two of the book entails discussions, chapters 13-21. Classic games are discussed and another strongpoint of this book, sometimes not-so-classic games, but they make points by the author and interviewees so suffice well. In fact, I like some of the examples provided not involving Grandmasters because it is probably closer to my skill levels. That brings me to the point that some parts would seem to be for more advanced players but others would benefit as well.
Another plus of the book is Avni's uses of boxed quotes to highlight important concepts and other uses of summing up key points of information.
Of course, for my humble opinions, I am only a player between 1600-1700. I've sought to give this work an honest appraisal. I noted two reviewers here, the author and another urging reading a review of this book. I purchased it and read it and will return to it time and again for the interviews and discussions on the thought processes involved in playing chess.
Professional reviewers liked it Dec 4, 2004
Since I'm the author, I do not pretend to be objective. So, here is what others have said about the book: "Original and extremely interesting... often very entertaining... it is a lot of fun, but it's also an important and most welcome addition to chess literature" - IM Jeremy Silman. "The players and topics covered are generally fascinating... there are also practical tips and useful discussions of chess concepts that should prove valuable for many players" - NM Randy Bauer. "Avni presents an enlightening and very enjoyable look at how top players think... (it) is a delight" - Chessville.com. "Fascinating new book" - GM Lubomir Kavalek. "The wealth of examples would be very instructive even for those who feel at distance from the psychological issues" - IM Israel Shrentzel. "Avni is a relaxed and informal interviewer and gets some straight answers from his subjects... it is a stimulating and readable book" - British Chess Magazine.