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Point Count Chess
Does anyone remember this book..."point Count Chess" from the 70's or early 80's ?\It intrigued me but i never got it. Just wondering what it was about (because i recently read an article trying to assign numerical values (eg. partial pawn, like 1/2 pawn, etc) to positional aspects like the two bishops. Wonder if book was a forerunner? Welcome comments about the book, the article or the concept(s). Or any valuation system attempts ...
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Cant find the article now. Probably saw it in forums ahile back, but not sure.
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Sounds like a computer program
My first thought was that this idea sounded pretty much exactly like computer analysis, but dumbed-down for the carbon-based among us. My second, and more considered and charitable, was that the thing it really sounds like is the point system you use in Bridge to assess the value of your hand for bidding. That would certainly be the more interesting possibility.
Anyway, I found a couple of links:
-> chessb.demonweb.co.uk (bottom of page)
My sense from other sites and reviews is that it's a useful introduction to what constitutes a positional weakness or strength, but not so valuable as a straight "what to play" algorithm.
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I read the book years ago. The reviewer at Amazon provides a pretty good summary. His bottom line is mine as well - applying the point-count system in actual play is not realistic (although it's more realistic for correspondence play that OTB), but as a text illustrating the basics of positional chess the book is excellent. I dropped out of chess for many years and have only recently returned to it in the last couple of years. "Point Count Chess" is on my list of books to work through as I try to understand the game a little better.
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Dr. Hans Berliner addresses this type of valuation in his book "My System" (not to be confused with Nimzovich's "The System".) Of course, Berliner was a professor at Carnegie Mellon teaching AI type stuff and did a lot of developing of both chess and backgammon playing algorithms. In the book, he gives a lot of guidelines of valuing not only the piece, but the piece's position.
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I've heard of that book
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<p>Andrew Soltis came out with a new book last year, <i>Rethinking the Chess
Pieces</i>. In the first chapter he reviews many schemes that people have
developed to put a value on the pieces. The instruction that follows then shows
the flaws in all such systems, while providing a lot of useful tactical and
position knowledge. I fell upon the book after it was recommended to me by an
International Master; his advice is usually worth hearing.</p>