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Secrets of Practical Chess (New Enlarged Edition) [Paperback]

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Secrets of Practical Chess (New Enlarged Edition) by John Nunn

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Pages   254
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 7" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 30, 2007
Publisher   Gambit Publications
ISBN  1904600700  
ISBN13  9781904600701  

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John Nunn was born in 1955.

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Very good Book  Aug 20, 2007
I am always looking for an easy to read and understand chess book- John Nunn does an excellent job- I recommend this book for any one looking for further help-
Second Edition is Expanded not Revised  Mar 31, 2007
Notice this edition of Nunn's "Secrets of Practical Chess" is called a "New Enlarged Edition". No claim is made about revising, updating or improving exsisting material from the first edition. The [...]review of the new edition claims that the first 4 chapters are identical to the original. Only the chapters on Using a Computer and Chess Literature are expanded.

If you do not own the first edition the second is a must buy. Otherwise you can pass on the new enlarged edition.
Intelligent writing delivers the goods  Oct 13, 2005
The highlighted comments of Dr J Sarfati are well written - he is an excellent this site reviewer. I agree that John Nunn's book is a goldmine of useful tips, and includes many a remedy for bad habits. The great thing about Nunn's writing is that he does not have an agenda. Unlike, say, an author trying to sell you his book on a dubious opening variation. Nunn just tells it as it is.
The chapter on building an opening repertoire should be compulsory reading for anyone serious about improvement, or who wishes to better their competitive results. Keys lessons: a) never, ever, play the Latvian Gambit, and b) choose a sensible and sound opening repertoire.
GM Nunn devotes the first third of the book to the role of decision making (including the analysis tree thing) and examining why oversights happen. There follows the opening section, which mainly consists of that stern warning: do not be seduced by the lure of those off-beat lines. Unsound variations will do nothing for your long term improvement. The comes the middlegame section, dealing with good positions, bad positions, attack and defense.
I was surprised to find the endgame section equally fascinating. The final 50 or so pages feature all manner of practical situations, and cover a wide range of typical scenarios. You will never take a routine endgame for granted again after seeing these amazing examples.
I rate this the best book ever written for the competitive player.

Pragmatic advice = Dramatic Improvement  Feb 15, 2005
Although there are no quick-fix promises made, the always sensible Nunn advice and clear-cut writing will probably make this the most useful improvement book you will ever own. The section on openings and selecting an opening repertoire is required reading for anyone of tournament level. Famously Nunn demolishes the Latvian Gambit in one section (Books on Offbeat Openings).
Whilst that analysis in itself is of some importance, Nunn's main objective was to pound home an important point - an opening repertoire based on risky sidelines is in danger of being busted overnight. A well-written and well-focused book.
The expansion of chess counciousness.  Jan 4, 2005
After reading this book I had an epiphany.Nunn spoke about not allowing one mistake to effect another.Essentially I think he meant general tactical blunders.Nervertheless one night I was playing with fritz when a thunderbolt from the blue hit me.I allow one bad move to effect another due to perfectionistic tendencies.This concept of bad move can be expanded to bad plan.A example of this would be,on move 10 I have developed what at that time what I thought to be was a good plan.At move 20 it hit me like a ton of bricks that my initial idea was weak and flawed.Normally I would become upset with the game and virtually fall apart. I remembered Nunn and was able to make an objective adjustment in my thinking process.So my game isnt as good as I thought it was.Therefore I will change my evaluation in the position and change my plan to cope with the new existing situation on the board.This is a Quintessintial example of flexibility of thought.Live in the moment the tao of chess.Deal with the new situation at move 20 40 50 etc.Earlier mistakes are for the skittles board after one goes over there mistakes.Of corse other things are mentioned which really does not need to be repeated for this review.Nevertheless I felt this secret of practical chess to be of utmost importance to me personally.Therefore kudos to John Nunn and his book secrets in practical chess.

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