Amateur’s Mind-2nd Ed.

Turning Chess Misconceptions into Chess Mastery

Jeremy Silman

443 pages
6x9, paper

Most amateurs possess erroneous thinking processes that, elusive and difficult to eradicate, remain with them throughout their lives. These chinks in their mental armor bring about stinging defeats and reversals. To address the most common of these problems, Mr. Silman has recorded the thoughts of his students while they play actual games, analyzed these thoughts, and catalogued the most common misconceptions that arise. He then dispels these misconceptions and repairs the chinks in the player’s armor with sage advice, rules of conduct and strategy, and psychological insights. The Amateur’s Mind takes the student on a journey through his or her own mind, gathering new-found knowledge and strength along the way. It’s a mind-opening guide for all beginning and intermediate tournament-level players.

Jeremy Silman is an International Chess Master, a world-class teacher, and a player who has won the American Open, the National Open, and the U.S. Open. He is the author of twenty-nine chess books and numerous magazine articles. For the past five years, Mr. Silman has been the coach of the U.S. delegation to the World Junior Championship. His website ( offers fans of the game free instruction, book reviews, and an easy way to keep up with chess news.