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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Dizziness on the Chessboard, January 25, 2006
Reviewer: Steven I. Danko "book lover" (Brooklyn, NY USA) - See
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I started to watch this DVD and was forced to abandon it after about
ten minutes. The reason- the presentation made my head swim. Instead
of presenting the material in a calm, slow, comprehensible and
intelligible manner, the narrator, a Mr. Sam Sloan, starts out talking
a million miles an hour and doesn't even introduce himself to the
viewer. I am not a beginner at chess and have been involved in it for
a good many years. But I enjoy viewing programs that deal with basic
concepts because I figure I could always learn something new or see a
familiar theme presented in a novel format. But the presentation in
this program is guaranteed to make you dizzy. Mr. Sloan talks so fast
that it's hard to see how anyone could absorb what he's saying,
especially a raw beginner. He's all over the place. He doesn't appear
to have a sense of his audience and seems to be speaking only to
himself, reiterating concepts to himself that he already knows. He
reminded me of that Russian chessplayer in the movie "Searching for
Bobby Fischer" who sat in Washington Square Park having a conversation
with himself. Another criticism that I must level is that the visual
angle of the chessboard in this DVD is very disconcerting. The viewer
is actually looking down at the board from above and the individual
chessmen are hard to discern since we're looking at their tops. A
wall-mounted demonstration board or a computer graphics chessboard
would have been much better. Mr. Sloan's hands fly all over the board,
moving pawns and pieces with such rapidity that it's hard to keep
track of what he's doing. He seems to be in a speed contest with
himself. After ten minutes I couldn't take it anymore. This is a
sloppy, disorganized, poorly thought out DVD.
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reminded me of that Russian chessplayer in the movie "Searching for
Bobby Fischer" who sat in Washington Square Park having a conversation
with himself.


ZILBER!!!!

(The man who taught me that one could recover the pawn in the QGA with 3.
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Sorry, the negative review is at:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...avesofthomasje

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Hello,

just as a general question: I somehow understood the reason for putting
movies on DVD into different regions, but why is such a specialized DVD
not produced with region code 0?

Greetings,
Ralf
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