|Mar-27-05|| ||mellow: I enjoyed reading his book "How to Defend in Chess: learn from the world champions" |
|Mar-27-05|| ||WMD: Can't quite remember the details, but he was supposed to collaborate on a book with Karpov, but the deal went sour and he got the hump. |
|Mar-27-05|| ||akiba82: His book on Hastings 1895 was also very good. Wish he would write a book on Bradford 1888 or Weisbaden 1880. |
|Oct-30-06|| ||mack: Colin's not been in good form of late on the English weekend circuit.|
|May-29-07|| ||TommyC: Quite, mack. After all, he drew with me this weekend!|
|May-29-07|| ||mack: Well done, young Tom. Fancy whacking the game up here?|
I thought I saw you the other day with somebody wheeling some luggage around, but I didn't want to shout 'OI! TOMMYC FROM CHESSGAMES.COM!' only for it not to be you.
|May-29-07|| ||TommyC: Cheers.
You can play through the game on our http://streathambrixtonchess.blogsp... blog if you like.
You might well have seen me 'wheeling' (dragging: the wheels were broken) some luggage up your street at the end of March... Hold on, I'll drop you an email. This is not really about Colin.
|Oct-14-08|| ||brankat: Happy Birthday Mr.Crouch!|
|Oct-14-08|| ||ILikeFruits: crouching tigga, hidden colin|
|Dec-06-09|| ||FSR: It's unconscionable that Crouch has no games with the Dragon Variation in the database, which would have enabled the pun "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."|
|Dec-31-09|| ||Chessical: IM Colin Crouch:
"I'm partially sighted as a result of a stroke which has been difficult for me ... I realise I'm not as strong as I would have been a few years back but I'm hoping to improve."
There is further information including an audio interview with IM Crouch at - http://www.bbc.co.uk/wear/content/a...
|Dec-31-09|| ||Raisin Death Ray: Director of Crouch-ing Tiger, Hidden Dragon!|
|Aug-26-10|| ||Caissanist: Has anyone here read Crouch's "Modern Chess: move by move," published last year? Kavalek recommends it highly--<a well-written collection of 33 brilliant games, played by some of the best grandmasters in the world. It is another of Crouch's gem - 400 pages of great analysis and wonderful text. Recommended for tournament players.>|
|Sep-17-10|| ||wordfunph: "The player who is afraid of sacrificing is afraid of chess."|
- Colin Crouch
|Dec-31-10|| ||Raisin Death Ray: Once a year I post on this page.
See ya on December 31, 2011!
|Sep-23-11|| ||wordfunph: <Caissanist: Has anyone here read Crouch's "Modern Chess: move by move," published last year? Kavalek recommends it highly>|
too dry but instructive, i rate it 8/10.
in game 32 page 388, IM Crouch was modest..
<My apologies to Grandmaster Inarkiev for introducing two losses of his from within a fortnight....>
|Feb-17-12|| ||GrahamClayton: Has anyone bought his new book "Analyse Your Chess?". It is unusual for an author to include many of his losses in a games anthology.|
|Feb-24-13|| ||DrNyet: Regarding Crouch's books "Modern Chess: Move by Move," and "Analyse Your Chess": I like them both primarily because of the *very* thorough annotations with emphasis on prose explanations.|
I find that at times the writing seems a bit odd, perhaps partly because Crouch is Brithish and I'm American, but mainly because the books could at times use more careful editing. I don't recall having this impression of Crouch's "Chess Secrets: Great Attackers", perhaps because that book (or series) was better edited (although they are all by Everyman), or possibly I've forgotten.
Overall I like the books and they are well-suited to browsing without a board. Modern Chess is among my favorites for this and now Analyse Your Chess is too, although I've had it for less than a week.
In "Analyse Your Chess" I'm disappointed in the lack of a chronological list of games, although there is an index of games by opponent. This book focuses on the author's own games and errors which hinder his progress. The introduction and final chapter discussed this aspect of the book and the results extensively and I found those to be boring but others probably won't. That leaves the games, which I do like as mentioned, although in this (newly purchased) book I've only gone over a couple. I find it particularly fascinating as a very personal look at an IM level player's thinking and consideration of his weaknesses.
All three books mentioned have the "Look Inside" feature at Amazon.com. Reader reviews of Modern Chess shed more light on the editing issues I mentioned (one was titled, "Brilliant, but with editing difficulties"). The day I bought Modern Chess I was shopping with my wife and looked forward to stealing a few minutes to examine it while she tried on clothes. I was at first so concerned with a couple of examples that I feared I'd bought a lemon and looked up those Amazon reviews. Happily the book turned out to be a find and a personal favorite, and I will always consider books by Colin Crouch to be of potential interest.
On books of chess games annotations I calculate a "pages per game" (or "ppg") which I note inside the cover. This is a quick and dirty calculation but excludes non annotation material such as white space between chapters, historical interludes, or supplemental games. For these books my notes say:
Modern Chess 11.3 ppg
Chess Secrets 11.4 ppg
Analyse Your Chess 6.4 ppg (but at least a couple are just a page and others much longer)
Final note: googling ""colin crouch" chess quirky" brings up links that I found interesting.
(tag: book review)