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|May-13-05|| ||WorldChampeen: I think the Mammoth Book of Chess also published as Chess Tactics and Strategy; is a very fine book, enough to make it a reliable reference in chess in general at being over 500 pages long; I've learned things over openings I have not read anywhere else, but page 520, basic mates; I was in a game, had only my Knight and Bishop; and no, I could not find it. Anyone else can double check their copy to verify this. Then I checked the net; and sure enough, there is an example on a page citing Reinfeld.|
Still, this book is the nearest I have seen to being the most complete single volume of chess.
|May-13-05|| ||aw1988: Ok, seriously, Knight13, we know chess4games is you. Now stop it. |
On another note, what's this about marathon blitz?
|May-14-05|| ||WorldChampeen: The book he authored "The Mammoth Chess Book" is published also as "Chess Strategy and Tactics"; the only thing is games and openings are indexed, but if I want to reread the part about "Marathon Blitz"?? |
I believe, it was 500 games, in 3 days and he had to win at least 75% for it to be a record, Guiness or whatever, and he won about 85%. Exclan Book. (500 @ 5 minutes each); I read it the other day, so if I find the exact quote, I will type it in.
|Dec-08-05|| ||Sneaky: I have a great little opening manual by Burgess called "The Nescafé(™) Frappe Attack" -- it outlines an absolutely outrageous way for White to go ballistic against anybody who plays the Benko gambit. The mainline goes:
1. d4 f6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. cxb5 a6 5. c3 axb5 6. e4 b4 7. b5 d6 8. c4 g6 9. e5 dxe5 10. d6 exd6 11. g5|
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White is down two pawns, but Black's problems seem almost unsurmountable. It's a great book that got me studying this very tactical opening for a long time. In the end I concluded what Burgess concluded years after the booklet was published: that the Nescafé Frappe Attack is "not quite sound." Still, I think it's perfectly playable anywhere below GM level as the problems black faces OTB are such a headache.
More info: Opening Explorer
P.S. Somebody must be wondering by now, "Nescafé Frappe? What the...?" The only thing Burgess says about it is that it was named thusly for "obscure reasons." In my mind's eye I imagine a late night analysis session fueled by coffee, and when the coffee ran out, the players turned to a rusty old can of powdered caffeine.
|Dec-08-05|| ||KingG: <Sneaky> Thanks for that. I had never heard of this before. Seems like a good weapon to play against Benko players.|
|Dec-08-05|| ||Sneaky: It is a good weapon because it takes the Benko player out of their game. Benko players tend to be endgame oriented positional players. They aren't interesting in mating attacks--just a way to ground you down into a losing endgame. They are normally the kind of person who is afraid of gambits (both offering and accepting) but they make an exception for the Benko Gambit because they've discovered how it's virtually impossible for White to hang onto his material.|
With the Frappe Attack you throw the gauntlet back to Black, and make him make the difficult decisions.
What's more, if Black tries to deviate early from the mainline, there are wonderfully sharp attacking lines. I won a tournament game once in under 20 moves, by making bold pawn pushes in the center which pushed Black right off the board. If I can dig it up I'll put it on the Benko Gambit (A57) page.
|Dec-08-05|| ||KingG: Ok, thanks. I hope you can find the game.|
|Dec-08-05|| ||Sneaky: I came up with it, go look Benko Gambit (A57)|
|Dec-08-05|| ||KingG: <Sneaky> Ok, thanks for the game.|
|Feb-24-06|| ||BIDMONFA: Graham Burgess|
|Oct-30-06|| ||mack: Graham will no doubt be delighted that his Mammoth Book of Chess featured quite a bit in one episode of Neighbours last week.|
|Oct-25-08|| ||notyetagm: Could someone please post the <PGN> for the game <Ilijin-Burgess 0-1 Biel Chess Festival 1992>?|
|Oct-26-08|| ||GeauxCool: pgn - The Kibitzer's Café|
|Oct-26-08|| ||notyetagm: <GeauxCool: pgn - The Kibitzer's Café>|
Where did you find it?
|Oct-26-08|| ||Benzol: <notyetagm> <GeauxCool> Can one of you upload it to the DB please.|
|Oct-26-08|| ||notyetagm: <Benzol: <notyetagm> <GeauxCool> Can one of you upload it to the DB please.>|
|Oct-27-08|| ||Benzol: <notyetagm> Thanks.|
|Nov-01-08|| ||notyetagm: <Benzol: <notyetagm> Thanks.>|
Now give it a few weeks before the game appears in the database.
I really wish <CG.COM> would streamline the procedure of admitting games into their database when they are submitted by a trustworthy member of the site, which I believe I am.
|Feb-24-10|| ||wordfunph: author of chess books...Graham Burgess.
happy birthday! more books to come..
|Oct-22-11|| ||BobCrisp: Wow, didn't he get fat?|
|Oct-22-11|| ||BobCrisp: He could be <Mig Greengard>'s body double. His hair went north as his belly went south.|
|Oct-23-11|| ||HeMateMe: Was this the guy who defected to the Russians, along with Kim Philby and Guy McClean? MI-5 needs to find these people quicker.|
|Oct-23-11|| ||BobCrisp: I think being forced to live the rest of your life in the Soviet Union was punishment enough.|
|Jan-26-12|| ||bebopj: I'm just getting back into chess, after dabbling in it on and off over the years, and I find Burgess' Tactics & Strategy book (aka Mammoth Book of Chess) an enormous help. Currently working through his chapter on openings.|
Highly recommended for a beginner.
|Aug-15-12|| ||ketchuplover: US NM Jon Burgess has passed away at age 35.|
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