The Chess Scene

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Alan Ruffle
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The Chess Scene

Post by Alan Ruffle » Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:21 am

by Alan Ruffle, self-published by Amazon, paperback, 168 pages
Reviewed on 2 February 2020 (Review #19)

There are times that every chess player dreams of writing their own book and club player Alan Ruffle has shown the way forward by making it become reality. It is obviously easier for master players to secure a publishing contract but there is no reason why everyone can contemplate passing on their wisdom now that Amazon can publish on demand.
The idea is to give a few pointers to new and improving chess players but naturally the author cannot resist with a bit of a background story. Therefore, we hear about his parents and how he discovered the charm and passion of the game. There is some insight into how to improve and lots of common sense advice. The various illustrative games played by Ruffle indicate the pain and peril of the typical encounter and the occasional win to make it all worthwhile. As an ECF arbiter and coach he can draw upon his experiences in the field to give a few ideas on how best to teach people and occasionally shares the different viewpoint of the arbiter.
I think the book is a clear indication of the possibilities of self-publishing via Amazon. The diagrams could be slightly improved but otherwise I think most people could not spot the difference between this and a major chess publisher.
An entertaining view of the world of English club chess and coaching.

IM Gary Lane

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Re: The Chess Scene

Post by Tim Spanton » Fri Jun 19, 2020 1:16 pm

Good review!

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Re: The Chess Scene

Post by Simon Rogers » Tue Jun 23, 2020 4:10 pm

Well done to Alan Ruffle for writing this book.
An excellent review by Gary Lane.
As a result, I will be buying the book.

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Re: The Chess Scene

Post by Alan Ruffle » Thu Jul 30, 2020 7:40 pm

Alan Ruffle's 'The Chess Scene', is an easy-to-read autobiography detailing some of the nuances of what it means to be a chess player, and perhaps more interestingly, a chess organiser, teacher, and arbiter. The reader will gain a fuller understanding into what goes on in the background of chess tournaments, as well as some insight into the duties of an arbiter. The initial phase of the book focuses on Alan's early baptisms of fire in both chess and life, supported by some amusing anecdotes relating to his experiences of teaching chess in the classroom. I particularly enjoyed the inviting and gentle humorous tone of the book, which would be a pleasure for any chess player to lap up.

Marcus Gosling

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