The Abundance Of Raw Materials For Success At Chess

Have you ever read a chess book like you would your favorite novel…not wanting to miss a word for fear that a later detail would have added more substance to the story?  Today I hear all the rave about database this and database that, but if you came up in the days of reading books, there is something you can do that database junkies can’t do.  Go back and reread your favorite chess books.  Mine had folded page edges, highlighting, coffee stains, snapped spines, heck one book was in three pieces and the 1st 64 pages are missing.  2 of my favorite books are in descriptive notation!!  When I 1st read these books I had to set the board up to see and solve the combinations.  When I read them today I don’t need to set the board up and I can spot the errors that occur so frequently in old analysis.  Rereading an old chess book is like taking a test and finding out that while you can answer more questions, you still don’t have all the answers!!


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The thing databases don’t do is they don’t explain anything.  Why did 2900 choose this move while 1100 chose this move?  I know there’s only 15 games with that move but white won 80% even though the engine says =/+.

So if you’re going to improve your thinking not just your memory someone is going to have to talk to you!  You can’t get or follow GM advice by exclusively using a computer!

Today’s cupcakes disdain books.  That is their Achilles Heal.  Databases and your computer are not raw materials.  Only material that explains what’s going on is raw material.  Thought and action will transform it into a little bit the same and a little bit different for everyone!

Want Raw material for your chess success, re read your favorite book on chess!  You’ll find that you’ve come a long way and there’s still a long way to go.  Burn the Midnight Oil!!


Book Sale! Buy 1 get 1 free!

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These and many more titles await you!  You know you want them! These books talk. Your computer and database will never explain anything like an experienced author can. Data bases only show what’s popular. We know that’s not 100% accurate or else we could conclude today that there will never be another theoretical novelty!  Engines are only good if you know how long to wait and still no explanation!

Free instructions on how to get the most from your chess book with every sale. Yes, there is a most advantageous way to read a chess book!! The way most chess players have never read a chess book is, “cover to cover” LOL

Buy one get one free is in effect today, but may not be tomorrow. Some titles are no longer available. Sorry 1st come, 1st serve. Sale starts at 6pm! Arriving near or after 7:30, you’d need to call 804-426-6058.

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In the last 30 days, two new advertisers have joined the RCI family of chess advocates in Richmond!  Tops available for next printing (5/24),  if interested LS, SS, Polo.  Male and Female $50@

The Coqui Cyclery prominently sits at the Forest Hill split just east of Roanoke Street.  They have graciously offered to do a free tune up and 25% off repairs and purchases of new cycles for chess families and their supporter and employees.  Contact us if you’d like a coupon.  Coupons are available to chess families, their supporters, and employees!

O’Toole’s is rolling out the red carpet by allowing 2 adults to dine at 1/2 price.  O’Toole’s also has a strong kids menu. Taking your spouse and kids means one of you is eating for free.  Take a friend to lunch or dinner for free.  However you want to look at it, It’s available to chess families and supporters!  Contact us if you’d like a coupon!

It’s Important that you patronize our sponsors and tell them where you heard of them from.  They’re all owner operated, with roots in community, people!!  Ask about the chess discounts.  Our sponsors love that stuff.  Ask for the owner, they’ll be glad to know that you stopped by!  I guarantee the service you get is 100% red carpet.  Thank these great people for adding fuel to the next RCI player, scholar, employee, or business owner!!!