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|Jan-27-10|| ||GrahamClayton: <Zembla>As a beginner I loved Chernev's "1000 Best Short Games of Chess". I played over & enjoyed every game & felt it helped me a lot. Of course back then I didn't know these shorties were not quality games|
"1000 Best Short Games of Chess" was one of the first chess books I bought over 30 years ago. The pages are yellowed, and I have had to tape up the spine, but I still dip into it from time to time.
|May-07-10|| ||technical draw: <"Every chessmaster was once a beginner" |
That isn't much of a quote, have to say.>
True. That could be said of any endeavor.
"Every concert pianist at one time could not play a note"
"Every brain surgeon at one time picked his nose"
"Every politician at one time was honest".
Uh, well maybe not that one.
|May-07-10|| ||TheFocus: "Every man was once a boy."
"Every woman was once a girl."
"Every computer was once just computer parts."
"<TheFocus> has always been <TheFocus> since time immortal.
|May-21-10|| ||Sho: I like Chernev.
Logical Chess was the first chess book I found (Jr. High). I read it over and over, highlighted the italicized advice, and didn't understand a bunch of it.
Chernev has humor. I re-read it every few years, and I like his wit. (Also, the cover is unappealing--orange and pink and white. Oh well.)
|Aug-12-10|| ||sisyphus: <the cover is unappealing--orange and pink and white> LOL! The cover of the original edition (1957) of Logical Chess is my all-time favorite for a chess book.|
It was dome by Pushpin Studios, whose founders include the legendary Seymour Chwast and Milton Glaser.
The cover for Logical Chess looks to me like a Glaser design: simple, direct, and original.
Among the things for which he's famous are the "I Love New York" logo and the Bob Dylan poster:
|Dec-17-10|| ||misha1992: Chernev s Logical Chess move by move was one of my first books to read and I won quite a few. :) so thanks a bunch.|
|Apr-08-11|| ||Penguincw: Quote of the Day :
< "Every chessmaster was once a beginner." >
I think this is the first quote of the day that I have heard of before.
|Sep-19-11|| ||whiteshark: Quote of the Day
< Judged by today's standards, Ajeeb was a fairly gimcrack mechanical fraud, but audiences then were not too fussy. >
Who where when and what tf ???
|Nov-16-11|| ||wordfunph: taken from Irving Chernev's book 200 Brilliant Endgames..|
He once went to a wedding in Las Vegas, where he had a successful battle with the one-armed bandits: "I managed to wrest $900 from their clutches. Of course I had to invest some $300 to do so, but I prefer to regard it as a clean profit of 900 smackers.
I enjoyed Irving's irreverence. Among his large chess library, his favorite book was Dr. Siegbert Tarrasch's heavy volume Dreihundert Schachpartien ("Three Hundred Chess Games"). He had read this so many times that it fell apart; accordingly, he took it to a local bookbinder and asked him to bind it in black leather. Then came the question of what should go on the spine. "Gold blocking," said Irving. But surely, said the binder, you don't want all that German stuff? "No," said Irving, "just put 'Holy Bible.'"
Irving didn't really need to win. For most chessplayers, winning is what chess is all about. For Irving, however, the game itself was what mattered. He didn't want to beat anyone; he wanted to show everyone just how beautiful chess can be. Turn the pages of this, his final book, and you will see.>
- Adam Hart-Davis
|Nov-16-11|| ||HeMateMe: Every western chess player has owned a Chernev book (or two).|
|Jan-29-12|| ||brankat: I have always enjoyed Your work!
|Jan-29-12|| ||Penguincw: R.I.P. Irving Chernev. I enjoy your quotes. "Every master was once a beginner".|
|Feb-03-12|| ||Penguincw: Quote of the Day
< "Every chessmaster was once a beginner. " >
|Feb-24-12|| ||whiteshark: <All chess players (and that includes you and me) must have <a sadistic streak> or we would not enjoy seeing a fellow chessplayer being methodically crushed.>|
~ Irving Chernev
|Jun-01-12|| ||KKsystem: The annotations in Mr.Chernev's books are simply wonderful. Its something we (the not so GM crowd LOL!!!) can really learn from and understand. Unlike most present day GM's/author's whose analysis are CGA's ---computer generated analysis hmm?? sounds familiar like CGI's in Hollywood movies.|
|Dec-15-12|| ||Tigranny: <<KKsystem>> On Amazon, I saw the reviews on the 62 Instructive Games Book by Chernev, and saw that some customers said that the annotations were one-sided, showing no question marks for the winners, no exclamation points or strategies for the losers, and some unnecessary analysis.|
|Jan-30-13|| ||FSR: <Tigranny: <<KKsystem>> On Amazon, I saw the reviews on the 62 Instructive Games Book by Chernev, and saw that some customers said that the annotations were one-sided, showing no question marks for the winners, no exclamation points or strategies for the losers, and some unnecessary analysis.>|
That is a fair criticism. There is no concept of counterplay, or of how to defend a difficult position, in Chernev's books. One always gets the impression that the winner played like a genius and the result was foreordained. Even in his book on Capablanca's best endgames, when he analyzes Kevitz vs Capablanca, 1931, a game where Capablanca went into a pawn-down ending yet managed to win, Chernev fails to explain any point at which Kevitz could have improved. Come on, the guy was a clear pawn up! Surely he could <at least> have drawn?
Chernev's books are always entertaining, but not the best books for the serious student. I do highly recommend <1000 Best Short Games of Chess> - not for the notes, which are spartan, but for the games. If you study them you'll learn all the basic tactical motifs. (I got through, and annotated, about the first 800 when I was a teenager.) <Chessboard Magic!>, a collection of studies, is very entertaining. Some beautiful stuff there, although you may have to enlist Houdini or Fritz to figure out the variations not given in the book. <Practical Chess Endings> is also good, although there are a lot of great endgame books these days. <Wonders and Curiosities of Chess> is great fun, as is <The Fireside Book of Chess>, which he and Reinfeld wrote. Chernev's love of chess always shines through.
<The Golden Dozen> has some nice games, but the rest of it is just propaganda. Chernev lists the highlights of each of his dozen favorite players' careers, then where he places each of them in the paean. No explanation of how it is that Fischer is fourth despite his staggering achievements, or how his beloved Capablanca can possibly be ahead of Lasker, who had a much longer and more impressive career, and who <always> finished ahead of Capablanca, 20 years his junior, in tournaments (St. Petersburg 1914, New York 1924, Moscow 1925, and Moscow 1935), until 1936, when Lasker was 67 years old. (When Capablanca turned 67, OTOH, he'd been dead for 13 years.)
|Mar-06-13|| ||Tigranny: <FSR> Thanks for the reply. I just don't get how Chernev seems to think that players play like gods that are perfect and don't make any errors when they win, but the losers get no acclaim despite their hard fights, or any pieces of advice of how to swindle the winner.|
|Mar-06-13|| ||FSR: <Tigranny> Yes, his books are actually a bit frustrating to the student. One is going to get difficult positions as a player, and one wants advice on how to get counterplay, how to defend, and how to try to swindle the opponent from a lost position. You won't find that in Chernev's books. They give no sense that chess is a <struggle> between two minds, and that games have ups and downs, sometimes dramatic.|
As a young player, I treasured Horowitz and Reinfeld's <Chess Traps, Pitfalls, and Swindles>, Soviet Master Kotkov's <Middlegame: The Defense Triumphs>, and Keres and Kotov's <The Art of the Middle Game>. Later there was Soltis' <The Art of Defense in Chess>. These are among the very few books that discussed how one could defend, and even win, from a difficult or even "lost" position.
|Mar-06-13|| ||RookFile: That Chess Traps, Pitfalls, and Swindles is excellent, and many a player could benefit from it.|
|Mar-06-13|| ||FSR: Incidentally, I think the most comprehensive treatment of swindles is my own Wikipedia article about them: http://bit.ly/OTMGC Kind of a sad commentary, really.|
|Mar-06-13|| ||me to play: This was the Chernev book that I had in my library. Mine had a different cover...http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...|
|Mar-06-13|| ||FSR: <me to play> That's a generic cover, not a picture of a real book. <The Chess Companion> is a fun book.|
|Mar-06-13|| ||TheFocus: Soltis's <The Art of Defense> is a vastly under-rated book IMO.|
If you can find it, it is well worth owning.
|Mar-07-13|| ||FSR: <TheFocus: Soltis's <The Art of Defense> is a vastly under-rated book IMO.|
If you can find it, it is well worth owning.>
I quite agree. I looked the other day and some sellers at amazon.com were offering it used for $10 and up. There's also an almost identically-named book, <The Art of Defence in Chess> by Polugaevsky and Damsky. (The only difference in the two titles is the spelling of Defense/Defence.) I have it and it looks good, but I haven't read it yet.
Soltis' book and the Chess Digest pamphlet <Middlegame: The Defense Triumphs> by Soviet Master Kotkov (also available used through amazon, starting at $4.47), changed my life, convincing me I could defend any position. (Actually I can't, but I try.) If you look at my games, a lot of them are games where I successfully defended and/or swindled my way out of a difficult position. See, e.g., S Tennant vs F Rhine, 1982 (held draw from bad position); F Rhine vs G S DeFotis, 1988 (in terrible trouble in early middlegame; sac'd a pawn for counterplay and won after he blundered); K Thompson vs F Rhine, 1992 (accurately defended against sacrificial attack, won with surprise counterattack); F Rhine vs A Boerkoel, 1996 (defended well against sacrificial attack; opponent secured draw by perpetual check); D Fleetwood vs F Rhine, 1997 (great counterattacking game, ending in draw by perpetual check); F Rhine vs S Nagle, 1997 (played horribly from moves 14-21, won with shocking swindle beginning on move 28); V Pupols vs F Rhine, 1997 (defended horrid position, eventually reaching ending down the exchange for a pawn, which I held); F Rhine vs Dmitri Sergatskov, 2011 (grabbed a pawn and let my opponent bounce my king all over the board; he missed a subtle win, but that happens in real-life, not fairy-tale, chess). (Of course, there are games where my defensive efforts failed, too.)
In Chernev-land, most of the above games should not exist. There, the normal course of a game is that a player gets an advantage, ruthlessly exploits it, and wins. He is simply bewildered by a game like Tarrasch vs Lasker, 1908. (Compare Euwe's inane statement about Lasker, "It is not possible to learn much from him. One can only stand and wonder." No wonder Euwe had an 0-3 record against Lasker, the worst record between any two world champions. http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...)
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