I just had a nudge from an old sparring partner who is looking to get back into chess again. What advice might you give?
Practise, study, review your games... So much, so obvious.
I treated myself to a ChessBase Fritz Trainer DVD recently, 943Mb of files crammed into one corner of a 4.7Gb disc. Nearly all the space is taken up with movies of a balding middle-aged guy stumbling through commentary like:
St. Petersburg Tournament
-- 1895-96 --
Copious Notes and Critical Remarks
Messrs. JAMES MASON and W.H.K. POLLOCK
and illustrated by
Numerous Diagrams of Interesting Positions
Portraits and Biographical Sketches
Angus Dunnington's Winning with Unorthodox Openings [Everyman] gives on page 11 the line 1.b4 e5 2. Bb2 f6 3. b5 d5 4.e3 with the comment:
"Black must decide what his ambitions are in the centre"...and gives 4...c5 and 4...Be6 as Black's main choices.
Then on page 23 the line 1.b4 d5 2. Bb2 f6 3. e3 e5 is given, where our guide remarks:
[This review first appeared in Westward Ho!]
This is simply a collection of annotated games, some of which are very well-known and man