Professor Robin Smith is Head of the Centre for Process Integration at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) in the United Kingdom. Before joining UMIST he had extensive industrial experience with Rohm & Haas in process investigation and process design, and with ICI in computer-aided design and process integration.. He was a member of the ICI Process Integration Team that pioneered the first industrial applications of process integration design methods. Since joining UMIST he has acted extensively as a consultant in process integration projects. He has published widely in the field of chemical process design and integration, and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers in the UK and a chartered engineer. In 1992 he was awarded the Hanson Medal of the Institution of Chemical Engineers in the UK for his work on clean process technology.
Reviews - What do customers think about Modern Chess Analysis?
Excellent book for correspondence chess players and players trying to improve computer skills Jun 2, 2006
I have a chess library of more than 1200 books. This is an excellent book, probably more useful than 90% of the books in my library. It is enjoyable to read and it has new material not covered in chess literature.
1)I think it is especially a very useful and an excellent book for correspondence chess players. But for OTB players trying to improve their computer/analysis skills, I would also highly recommend it .
2)There is another book written on the same subject: " How to improve your chess using computers" by Konig. But, "Modern Chess Analysis" was much more useful for me.
3)Author shows how a single position can be evaluated differently with various chess computer programs. He also shows the weaknesses of computers (ie: fortress), and human (ie: calculation). He shows how to combine the strengths of man and computer to play stronger chess. I believe that combination of human+ computer is the future of chess, and this book is a very important step in that direction.
4)Some of the negative evaulations/reviews written about this book are written against computer use, and I do not believe that they have anything to do with the quality/review of this particular book.
I would recommend this book to anybody (but especially for a) correspondence chess players and b) competitive OTB players to improve their pregame analysis).
Dr. Tansel Turgut, Corr. Chess IM
Profound journey into world of chess analysis and human mind Mar 22, 2006
This book - on the surface - explains how to get the most out of chess playing programs. The deep techniques and reasoning explained by Smith are fascinating. This is an author who knows his subject inside out, having won the USA correspondence championship - twice - and qualifying as a correspondence grandmaster. If you use a computer for any kind of chess study, or assessing of positions, this book will clearly be of practical importance. But what makes it unique is the remarkable insight it gives into the differences between the computer and the human mind.
Computers as a useful aid to analysis Feb 25, 2006
The title gives no real indication as to what is to be found within the covers of the book, namely how to get the most out of your computer in terms of analysis. The author is an American correspondence chess grandmaster who has clearly benefited from his deep understanding of how computer chess programmes work in his own correspondence chess career. (It should be emphasised that there is nothing in the International Correspondence Chess Federation rules to prevent this).
Computer chess programmes have increased in strength over the past few years and if used properly they can be a very useful aid to analysis. However, there is more to it than just setting up the position and asking the computer to analyse it, for there are some types of position in which the computer excels, and others in which it simply flounders. Basically, the computer works best in tandem with the human player, not independently of him/her.
Chapter One examines the strengths and weaknesses of the computer, and then Chapter Two looks at computer-aided analysis methods. There are then three chapters on the opening, middlegame and ending respectively, followed by a final chapter called `Putting It All Together'. Finally there is a glossary which explains some commonly used computer terms.
There is no doubt that the author really understands the strengths and weaknesses of the silicon monster, and the book contains lots of useful tips and advice. Whether we like it or not, computers are very much part of chess as they are of all other aspects of our lives, and he who is in the position to make best use of them will inevitably prosper.
This review first appeared in the correspondence chess magazine 'En Passant'.
Do Not Cheat at Chess - The Idea! Jun 6, 2005
I would never use a computer to cheat at chess. Why? Because I want to win on my own. Modern Chess Analysis shows you how to "tweak" your computer to make you win when you opponent doesn't know you are doing that. Become an GRANDMASTER in CORRESPONDENCE chess when it becomes who knows more about using computers when who knows about thinking about chess makings any title worthless in correspondence play (I understand this means sending your move by mail). That is the problem. How can it be controlled to prevent "cheaters" in chess is the theme of MODERN CHESS ANALYSIS.
Question of Ethics? May 5, 2005
The argument of of playing chess using a computer to make your moves under your own name, and using your skill as a chess player is very simple. This book shows you how to use a computer to win. But beng 12 and using my own brain on the chess board and not trying to find the best way to use a computer when playin on the internet or otherwise is the most honest when you use your name. Simple and honest.