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doctordee 242 ( +1 | -1 )
The Bangiev method ... The Bangiev method, developed by chess coach, chessbook author and International Master Alexander Bangiev, is a way of chess thinking, a strategy, based on squares. This means that before every move the position on the board is evaluated according specific criteria.
The Bangiev method, also simply called the B-method, does not develop your memory, but rather your thought proces. It structures your chess thinking by analysing the actual position on the board and focusing on the specific actions necessary to reach the stategic or tactical aim(s).

The B-method essentially teaches you to select the appropriate candidate moves by asking the same questions after every move that is being played, among which the most basic three questions, the Strategy Question, the Direction Question and the Colour Question, the so called Power Questions. The other questions concern whether you have to defend or to attack, the question selecting the key squares to attack (or to defend), which are to be recognised after you answered the three Power Questions, finally the question about the pieces defending the key squares and how to involve or to entangle them in the game. The answers to these questions direct you to the answer to the question of which are the candidate moves. Then, after analysing the variations these candidate moves produce, you select the move you play in the game.

I have been studying the B-method for a short while now and I'm very positive about it. However, not eveybody is so enthusiastic. In fact the B-method is a controversial training method. A lot of discussion is going on about it in the chess world.

One thing is certain however. Initially you need to put a substantial amount of energy and time in studying the Square Strategy in order to be able to understand what the B-method is all about .... and maybe all these critics are not willing to do so, they don't have the guts or the willingness to restructure their chess thinking.

... but after this investment in time and energy I'm sure you will reap the rewards and indeed save a lot of energy and time in analysing, understanding and playing your games.

-> www.chessbase.com

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The reason why I wrote the introducing remarks above is to ask people who are also studying the B-method or making use of it in their games how their assessments are of this analysing method.

What is its worth ? What are its "assets", according to you ?

johnrowell 47 ( +1 | -1 )
I threw it out I was prepared to put the effort in, but the Bangiev method fails to explain properly the three questions that you need to ask yourself. Who knows, it may be a good method, but I really had no idea, whether I was asking myself the right questions or not. That leads to becoming disillusioned with the method, and giving up. It's very badly presented. The answers he gives to the questions are frequently very obscure. It's not surprising that for most people, this method does not help much.
chuckventimiglia 15 ( +1 | -1 )
I threw it out as well. I could not understand even where to begin. I gave it to 2 of my
friends and they did not have any idea either.

For me it was a total waste of money!!

Chuck
jstack 16 ( +1 | -1 )
There must be a better way If an 1800+ and a 2100+ player can't figure out what its all about. What chance do I have? I think its better to stick to the reliable method of studying tactics.
ccmcacollister 5 ( +1 | -1 )
so perhaps ... anyone who Can understand it is just a GM waiting to happen, eh?! !! :))
ketchuplover 7 ( +1 | -1 )
Just put your pieces on their most effective squares.
doctordee 163 ( +1 | -1 )
"Tactics" CD's presentation ..... I agree with johnrowell that the presentation of the material could use a lot of improvement. Bangiev needs to get himself a capable editor who is enthusiastic about the material and knows how to structure, streamline and concisely present the material of the Bangiev method. There are too many small and big mistakes. Some illustrations, chess positions, are simply wrong. His definitions of certain notions aren't always the same. The Questions which arise after the three Power Questions are too vaguely presented here and there between other material. They also often change in formulation. The English and German which is being used could also use a make-over. In particular the eccessive use of the abbreviation "bzw=beziehungsweise" in the German version should be axed out thoroughly.


If you want to understand what Bangiev is trying to communicate you really have to work hard in studying, analysing, refrasing and restructuring the learning material yourself. It's all there but .... where exactly ? That's the question ..... You have to make a concise selection of the important notions, definitions, descriptions, Questions, etc, etc, and constantly add and rework it as you go along plowing through the material. That's the only way to master it.

I will continue to study his CD's and books although it will be difficult and sometimes perhaps frustrating. You certainly need a forgiving attitude towards the author ..... but he deserves it.

Chessbase and Bangiev should really work on these serious flaws, this confusion, in the presentation. Why ? Because what Bangiev has to tell us is simply of great interest. His method of assessing a chess position and selecting the candidate moves is simply worth studying and mastering.
doctordee 29 ( +1 | -1 )

I also ordered and received "Squares Strategy 2" (on the opening) and Squares Strategy 3" (on the middlegame).

There is much much more explanation of the Bangiev method on this third CD. So it seems Bangiev has made up for the omission he made on the first one about tactics. I can't wait to dig into this one !