Saturday, July 14, 2012

Move First, Think Later

Willy Hendrik's book "Move First, Think Later" arrived in my mailbox a few days ago. I have not been able to read much out of it but the first impression is that the book has been worth waiting for. You can read a few sample pages at the New in Chess Web site.

The first few pages is loaded with controversial stuff and it makes a lot of sense. After reading just a few ages, I dare to suggest that those few pages alone makes the book worth buying. Hey, Reading 20+ pages is probably well above the average of pages read from any chess book bought. Don't stare at me, Opening Monographs!

This book will problaly be an inspiration for many posts to come.


  1. This book looks very interesting.

    Certainly the title grabs the attention.

    I just have too many books in the queue right now.

  2. Did read it in 2 days ( without doing the exercises ). Its nice to read how he takes his bazooka and blasts several of these ideas of the "chess instruction establishment " in the orbit. But i think he goes to far, many things are not understood by Hendriks. If he says: there is no judgement of positions without any calculation then this is true. But the calculation used for judgement is different to a calculation of a concrete idea. If he says that a counterattac in the cenetr is usually not possible if someone get attact at a wing then thats true. But if it would be possible then this would speed down the opponent-attac at the wing, so a counterattac at the center ( instead at the other wing ) would be good(better) IF POSSIBLE.

    Funny that he said he studied Philosophy but he did not understand Stalins "Joke" : "Quantity is a Quality too"

    Engels did explain the transformation of quantity into quality in the "Anti-Dühring":

    In conclusion we shall call one more witness for the transformation of quantity into quality, namely—Napoleon. He makes the following reference to the fights between the French cavalry, who were bad riders but disciplined, and the Mamelukes, who were undoubtedly the best horsemen of their time for single combat, but lacked discipline: “Two Mamelukes were undoubtedly more than a match for three Frenchmen; 300 Frenchmen could generally beat 300 Mamelukes, and 1,000 Frenchmen invariably defeated 1,000 Mamelukes.”

    Stalin did not care that his Soldiers where bad educated and had bad chances, so Stalin made this "Joke".

    Some of the 138 Exercises ( which are simply the diagrams to the Text of the Book and printed again seperatly to fill some of the 254 often empty pages ) are taken from other books..
    And that for 21.95 Euro...

  3. Very interesting! Thank you for sharing! I think the author is choosing a provocative stance from time to time. Still, it is refreshing to have your ideas challenged. I will get back with a review when I have read the book.