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  3. How do you read a chess book?

Oh.. Yes, I found out when I was entering nursing school. I am use to it by now, but in reality I have to read most things an average of four times. And sometimes I have to get an interpreter to speak it for me. If the English is broken or the thoughts are not complete. Let's say with your statement saying your don't believe something but lacking the information on what you don't believe, it makes it a lot more difficult for me. I have a lot of trouble with reading slang or "Ebonics". I am also notorious for misspelling words. And I am told by experts that this is common in dyslexic people. I rely heavily on word correction modules. I mess up grammar a lot but it's becoming less and less noticeable lately. But.. Yes.. I am pretty dyslexic for real. Not just stating it as an excuse. And I work hard to try to overcome it.

A funny how to do. I sometimes have to double check pairing tables that I wrote the correct score on the table. And sometimes to make sure I don't get in trouble with my opponent or the TD, I grab a friend and have them double check I wrote the score correctly.

If the book does not have pictures, than it's normal "Active reading".
If the book has only algebraic notations, I will need a chess board to follow it through. I don't play well blind folded. I guess the day I can play blind folded, I will be able to read any chess book without having to use a chessboard.

To visualize games displayed in a chess book, it will depend on how well I can visualize the position. When I look at a book and see long lists of moves, I know I will need a chessboard to read the book.

If I most solve a chess position to discover if the position is winning for black or white or it's a draw, then I do not need a chessboard. These are the chess books I like, because they explain with principles. Those books teach how to look at a given chess position.

Example if a chess player does not know the term opposition, then puzzles with KP vs KQ will be hard to solve. A pawn on c7 or f7 should be a draw. The Queen could not capture the pawn of the king if that king was in the corner near it's pawn or else it would become a drawn game when the Queen captures the pawn and leave no room for the king to move.

When I read or listen, I must be able visualize what is explained.

"Active listening" or "Active reading" is two skills I try to use.

@Toscani which books do you recommend to read? I think I read about that pawn endgame in Silman book.

I think a chess book must fit the age and skill level of that chess player.
If you know you like chess books with pictures than search for that type of book.

My dad years ago explained to me that draw position. It's just another back rank situation for me. I learned lots from my dad and from chess puzzles. Most books I never completely finished reading.

i have never read a book, i just check top players here play and analyse their games and copy the styles i love, i also love watching alpha zero games and try to copy its style. But i have Bent Larsen my best games in my home library and i have never opened it

well first and most importantly, I sit in a comfy chair and fire up the hearth and a nice pipe and fix a nice tall glass of scotch or brandy works too in a pinch. **doorbell rings** "well who could that be on this fine evening". looking through the window i see its our wonderful mail lady and look we have a delivery. "Wow a chess book,Ive been waiting for this thanks fran"... I return to my study and open the book ".. page 1.. now the best way i've found to read a chess book is to hold it upside down and read from right to left and make sure to skip the words and look at the puzzles.. when ive gotten enough i sacrifice the book into the fireplace and take a nap so the information can get into my spirit