Chess blogger question:
So you’ve just taken three years off from chess.
You sold all your books and all your memberships have expired except for USCF. Everything else – state, club, ICC, Playchess, MCO, Fritz, Chessbase – you have none of that. You’re starting from scratch.
You’ve decided not only to get back into the game, but also to raise your rating to the next class level.
But you only have $200 to invest this year.
How do you spend the money?
Which books, DVDs, lessons, memberships, software…? Be specific to your own improvement requirements — as opposed to saying “every chessplayer should have a copy of My System” — and stay within budget.
Question inspired by standing in front of the suddenly-expanded chess bookshelf at local Barnes & Noble, wistfully eyeing “Play the Ruy” and “Starting Out: Slav and Semi-Slav”, $25 each. I bought neither.