By Irving Chernev

ISBN-10: 0671538012

ISBN-13: 9780671538019

This can be a brilliant e-book that each chessplayer may still personal. whilst i used to be undefined, I learn a remark through a chess bookseller who pointed out a grasp who had performed via each video game during this e-book in his early life, and had acknowledged what an excellent e-book it used to be. firstly I snorted derisively, yet i made a decision to examine the video games myself. Over a interval of a number of years, I performed via, analyzed, and annotated the 1st 800 or so video games within the e-book. I additionally turned a grasp, and this e-book is an important a part of the explanation why.

Chernev enjoyed chess, and stated that he had most likely performed over extra chess video games than a person in historical past. (This e-book used to be released in 1954, lengthy earlier than the times of chess databases, or perhaps Chess Informant; Chernev needed to learn via millions of chess books and magazines, a few fairly imprecise, to collect those games.) The video games Chernev has chosen are very enjoyable and a few are relatively attractive. The video games are very calmly annotated by means of Chernev, so for the main half it truly is as much as the reader to determine the place the loser (and usually either avid gamers) went unsuitable. cautious examine of the video games within the booklet will acquaint you with essentially each tactical inspiration there's, and may assist you keep away from errors your self, and make the most these of your opponent. I see tactical principles in a short time, and that i imagine this e-book is a part of the explanation why.

Several reviewers have acknowledged that the ebook is a dear collector's merchandise nowadays. it really is certainly attainable to spend so much of cash for it, yet numerous booksellers listed here are promoting it for $13-14. New chess books this day price approximately two times that, and tend to be much smaller than this tome, so this publication is sort of a cut price. i purchased the paperback over 30 years in the past while it used to be nonetheless in print. a few pages got here free through the years. i have on the grounds that obtained one other paperback and a hardcover reproduction of the booklet, copied my unique annotations into the paperback, and given away my unique dog-eared paperback to a chum. i could not undergo to throw out any replica of a e-book for which i've got such affection!

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C4, admittedly results in a mere transposition, and only the move applied by Marshall in this game puts the contest on another track. Ah7 If Black had played . . e6 on the second move, then 3 . . c5, together with . , would have been available, as is well known. On the other hand, here 3 . . d5. Other than the move played, only the answer 3 . . , . . g6, together with . . ) ­ when the not-so-easily eliminated bishop pressure on e7 would create an Achilles' Heel. Until this, White had made the right moves.

Also 26 . . �c6 was strong. 26 . £\c4 27 . £\a3 28. £\ xc2 Beginning of the tragedy - otherwise c2 was hard to guard. The loss ofthis pawn perhaps would have still been bearable for White with the bish­ ops of opposite color, ifhe wouldn't have to suffer from the remaining - and incur­ able - weaknesses of his queenside. But as it is, he has only to wait until the oppo­ nent gives the coup de grace. 19 ... £\c6 20 . £\d2 What on the 1 3th move would have meant the beginning of a very promis­ ing attack is now merely a shy defen­ sive move against the penetration of the black knight to c4.

Fdl All these efforts to take advantage of the supposed weakness on d6 remain unsuccessful and have, as a conse­ quence, only promoted further devel­ opment of the Black pieces. 18 ... a5 Perhaps more exact was 1 8 ... §ab8, in order to relinquish b5 to the White pieces only in an emergency. But the text move proves to be good. 24... � xe5 dxe5 With 25 . . f4, together with doubled rooks on the f- file, and ulti­ mately e5. 1 9 . d3 § ab8 2 0 . � a3 � g 6 ! �f51 The knight has just advanced proudly to b5 - now events prove that he could not be kept there without an offsetting positional disadvantage.

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