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|Jun-25-11|| ||parisattack: <Phony Benoni: <parisattack> I first became interested when I attended the US Open every year from 1975-1999, and faithfully bought all the tournament bulletins. When chess databases began to come out, I noticed that few of the games had been preserved and figured I might as well do it.>|
Well...whew! You certainly seem to have it well planned out <PhonyBenoni> but it does seem a daunting task and consuming project. Just the standardizing of names seems a mini-project all its own. Thanks for filling us in on it!
Speaking of <MichiganChess> do you collect Regionals? I started and gave up (I give up easily, I guess!) although I know John D and AA are both big on them.
|Jun-25-11|| ||Phony Benoni: I don't collect anymore. At its peak, my collection had over 1500 books, with a heavy emphasis on tournaments and biographies, plus long runs of national-level magazines (Chess Life, BCM, etc.). Any local or regional runs were fragmentary.|
I had to sell it off due to life conditions, and haven't had the interest or resources to reconstitute it. Not that it was worth all that much. I didn't care much about quality as long as I had the information.
|Jun-25-11|| ||parisattack: There is the 'collector' side of chess books and the 'chess' side. Since I enjoy both I've kept up my collection. That said I am certainly not compulsive about it, nor have I ever been. I suppose that is the step you have to take to achieve a 'world-class' collection. I know a few who have - and they are. :) I mean, talking on the phone for two hours about the chess book market with stock market like terms is not my idea of a good time.|
With the Internet, Google books, such a large collection becomes less necessary for research, certainly. But I still enjoy finding a game of particular merit, seeing how many cities I can find for it or just running down an historic fact.
|Jun-25-11|| ||parisattack: QUESTION - What Are You Reading?
What chess books are you currently reading/studying - and why?
I am reading:
The Gerzadowicz trio - while studying the 1. g3 and 1 ... g6 repertoire. Interesting games, insightful annotations and notes. Somehow I got a printers proof of Journal of a Chess Master somewhere along the way. Wow, are the full-sized loose-leaf pages easy to read!
How Karpov Wins - my third read of this unsung tome. This book covers mostly 71-74. How I have longed for this to also be a trio - perhaps 75-84 and 85-94.
Silman's Complete Endgame Course - I am not a big Silman fan but I've never dug deep into the Expert and Master sections of this book.
Chess Secrets: Heroes of Classical Chess - I was very impressed with McDonald's two volumes of this series. This one I may put away for another time.
Cruising post-war Shakmatnyi Byulletin, Czech Sach and Magyar Sakkelet for theoretical articles on several opening variations and the Fischer-Spassky 1972 games, annotated.
I am also hunting databases (not something I particularly enjoy) for games since 2006 of the North Sea Defense. I'll be updating the book on it I did with my good friend, the late Jim Bickford.
So much to read, so little time! I bought a dozen books from ChessBooksFromEurope for Christmas and have only opened two of them thus far this year. :(
|Feb-22-12|| ||parisattack: Going forward on my Forum I will offer lists of books on chess openings and chess players.|
I will also offer my thoughts on the future of classical chess.
|Feb-22-12|| ||parisattack: Queen's Gambit Accepted - Books
Queen's Gambit Accepted - Neistadt
Queen's Gambit Accepted - Ward
Queen's Gambit Accepted - Gufeld
Queen's Gambit Accepted - Sakaev/Semkov
Queen's Gambit Accepted - Smith/Hall
Queen's Gambit Accepted I,II - Varnusz
Queen's Gambit Accepted - Massino
Queen's Gambit Accepted - Chess Stars
Starting Out: Queen's Gambit Accepted - Raetsky
Easy Guild to the Queen's Gambit Accepted - Bradley
New Ideas in the Queen's Gambit Accepted - Flear
Queen's Gambit Accepted - Editrice
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Smyslov Variation - Schiller
4. Nc3 in the Queen's Gambit Accepted - Watson
How to Beat 1. d4 - Rizzitano
A Complete Defense to 1. P-Q4 - Hooper/Cafferty
Trends: Queen's Gambit Accepted I (Martin) II (Baburin)
Das Angenommene Damengambit - Schwarz
Note: Lists of books on specific openings do not include Series titles such as the Euwe or 'bis' series unless a single volume within is fully devoted to that opening.
Please help me improve these lists with titles I may be missing.
|Feb-22-12|| ||TheFocus: <parisattack> I am glad to see your Forum open again.|
My girlfriend reformatted the chapters I sent you earlier. She is such a jewel.
I am going to send you the new copies.
|Feb-22-12|| ||parisattack: Thanks, love to see them! Sounds as if you have a wonderful assistant in your quest! :)|
|Feb-22-12|| ||parisattack: Polish Opening - Books
I've had a love/hate affair with this opening (as I have the English) since my chess get-go. I don't think this one is very well understood, really, and may have some potential. To some extent White has control of whether he wants to play it positionally or tactically.
The critical line seems to be 1. b4, e5; 2. Bb2, Bb4:, 3. Be5: where White gets the central pawn majority but black gets very fast development. Like 1. b3 the White Kingside unfolds slowly and that can be some dangerous to the first player. Instead of the main lines above I am trying 3. ... Nf6; 3. Nc3!? in a few games.
1. ... c6 can also be tricky.
A monster website for the Polish is Marek's 1. b4 (you can Google it) with a fantastic database online or that you can download for a small donation.
The opening is of course known also as Sokolsky's, 1. b4, Orangutan.
Below: Levy's book is actually a translation of Sokolsky's ground-breaking tome with some updates. 'Grund' is a Polish thematic tournament book. I translated Sokolsky in 1967 (it was one of the first books I bought from the late and great Al Buschke). Of course my high school Russian teacher helped just a little on that project. :) While we were doing the translation I had a dream I beat Gligoric with 1. b4. Haha.
I'd start with Levy, Lapshun, Wall and Marek's website if this debut interests you.
1) The Moravian Series (1-4)
2) Play 1. b2-b4 by Lapshun
3) Orangutan by Wall
4) 1. b2-b4 by Sokolsky
5) Orang-Utan by Schiffler
6) Theory and Practice of the Sokolsky by Konikowsky
7) Orangutan by Ivanov
8) Sokolsky’s Opening by Levy
9) 1. P-QN4 by Soltis
10) Sokolsky Gambit by Salome and Bickford
11) Sokolsky Opening by Gilliam
12) 1. b2-b4 by Hildebrand (German)
13) Sokolski-Eroffnung by Soltjar and Kndratjew
14) Gewinnt mit 1. b4! by Elwert
15) Sokolski-Eroffnung by Grund
16) Dynamic Black Openings
17) The Futuristic Chess Opening - Santasiere
18) Beating Unusual Chess Openings - Palliser
Myer's Opening Bulletin, Kaissiber and Randspringer are also sources of material.
A post on the Polish Defense and the St. George Defense later.
|Feb-22-12|| ||wordfunph: <parisattack> 409 volumes at $2k.|
|Feb-22-12|| ||parisattack: <wordfunph: <parisattack> 409 volumes at $2k.>|
Yum! Would be a nice collection for a library!
|Feb-22-12|| ||parisattack: Robatsch - Variations
The Robatsch has always been my favorite and 'go-to' defense. I played the classical line initially, then went to the Gurgenidze and recently tried Tiger flavors.
There are many transpositional possibilities within the Robatsch - and hybrids - irrespective of the obvious one of an early ...Nf6 taking things back to a Pirc.
Naming just the defense is confusing. For me, without an early c4 by White I call it a Robatsch - with an early c4 - a Modern. I've always found the latter more difficult to defend. Black can of course punt to a KID or sometimes a Benoni but purists will try an Averbakh, Kotov or Sniper.
If White does not play e5 in the Gurgenidze the defense is a hybrid Robatsch/Caro-Kann. Black can only temporize a couple moves before being obliged to play de:.
The Hippo has been quite popular lately (relatively speaking). Also, the various Tiger flavors - especially the Accelerated Tiger where Black advances on the Q-Side as quickly as possible.
A half-Hippo is a Hippo with no QB finachetto; Petrosian played it a few times. Astute readers will note the 'other' Half-Hippo' with no KB fianchetto is essentially the Hedgehog!
I don't think the Classical with ...Qb6 and taking the poisoned-pawn was ever refuted; it just went out of style, awaiting a new champion of its possibilities...
When my good friend and author of the Synergy chess book series' Jim Bickford passed in 2007 we were starting work on a comprehensive Robatsch work in six volumes. Again, the transpositions and hybrids are mind-boggling. Just in the rather static Gurgenidze with the locked center there are at least three sub-variations and subtle move order nuances in each. The only volume we actually published was The North Sea Variation.
Classical with ...c6 and ...d6
Gurgenidze with ...c6 and ...d5
Tiger with ... a6
Hippo with ...d6, ...e6 ...b6
Pterodactyl and Sniper with ...c5
North Sea with 2. ...Nf6
Kotov with ...Nc6
|Feb-23-12|| ||parisattack: Robatsch/Modern - Books
Tiger's Modern - Persson
The Sniper - Storey
The Hippopotamus Rises - Martin
Black to Play and Win with 1. ...g6 - Soltis
Winning with the Modern - Norwood
The Modern Defense - Hort
The Modern Defense - Speelman/McDonald
The Modern Defense - Smith/Hall
The Modern Defense - Keene/Botterill
The Modern Defense - Chess Digest
The North Sea Variation - Bickford
Averybakh System - Thomas
Modern Defense: Averbakh Lines - Schiller
New Ideas in the Rat - Schiller
Die Robatsch Verteidigung - Warzecha
Die Eidechse 1. ...g6 und Gewinnt, 2 volumes.
Konigs-Fianchetto - Schwarz
Also - Myers Opening Bulletin, Kaissiber and Randspringer. The Suttles trilogy - Chess on the Edge is of course a great set of books for those interested in 1. g3 and 1. ....g6
|Feb-25-12|| ||parisattack: English Opening - Books
I've had a love-hate relationship with the English Opening for many years. (I know, I have a lot of chess love-hate relationships!)
I played it right after I gave up on Bird's (my first opening) and had some initial success. It certainly seems like the perfect move - hypermodern but not too hypermodern. It is also very flexible. You can see how different players handle it - Flohr, Smyslov and Botvinnik on on side, Stein and Tal on the other. But I could never get any real traction; the small positional advantages disappear easily and as in other hypermodern debuts one can get too passive. Ergo, I have given up on it...for now. ;)
Anyone who can add to my list, please do:
English - Watson - 4 Volumes - Batsford/Chess Digest
Englische - Schwartz - German
English- Trends - Various, 7 Volumes
Englische - Euwe
Dynamic English - Kosten
English Opening - Bagirov - 2 Volumes also English-language, 2 volumes
Winning with the English - Soltis
Winning with C4 - Soltis
White System with C4 - Soltis
English Two Knights (Anglo Benoni) - Janicki
English - Flohr-Mikenis - Janicki
Die Bremer Partie - Karls - 2 Volumes
Die Englische Partie - Muller
English - Taimanov - Russian
Flank Openings - Keene - 1-4 Editions
Winning with the English - Ribli
Symmetrical English - Cummings - Everyman
Modern Chess Opening Strategy - Golombek
500 English Miniatures - Wall
English Opening - Cafferty
Beating the Flank Openings - Kotronis
Easy Guide to the English - Kosten
English Four Knights - Povah
A Strategic Opening for White - Donaldson
English - Reinfeld, Mimeo, Volume 17
Ideas in the English Openings - Lutikov, Russian
English-Reti - Taimanov - Bis Series, Volume 23, German
Starting Out: English - McDonald
Gambit Guide to the English 1. …e5 - Hansen
Play the English - Prichett
How to Play the English Opening - Karpov
Chess Explained:English Opening - Franco
How to Play the English Opening - Povah
The English Opening - Shatskes
Beating the English Opening - Soltis
The English Opening - Evans (Imprint Capablanca Series)
Theory of the English-Bremen System - Shatskes/Smith
A Statistical Analysis of the English Opening - Chess Charts
English Opening - Tirabassi
Developments in the English - Kuligowski
GM Repertoire: The English Opening Vols 1, 2, 3 - Marin
I plan to tackle the French Defense Books next. Except for the Sicilian, there are more books on the French than any other. I have a theory on the reason for that ...
|Feb-25-12|| ||parisattack: Polish Defense - Books
I think the Polish Defense is a sleeper. Black can get positions similar to ..e6 Sicilians, the classical French, the Benoni/Benko, QGA. I've even seen positions similar to the Dutch Stonewall arise from it.
You can 'repertoire' the Polish by playing the St. George 1. ...a6 against 1. e4 but its not quite as good, IMHO. Black misses the options of ...b4 if the Polish Pawn is attacked and countering by attacking the e4 pawn with ...Bb7. My preference would be an O'Kelly Sicilian against 1. e4 to get into at least similar positions to the Polish Defense:
The Polish Defense - Kapitaniak
Die Polnische Verteidigung - Zimmer
Dynamic Black Defenses - Harding
Play the St. George - Basman
The O'Kelly Sicilian - Lutes
|Feb-29-12|| ||parisattack: Addendum to Polish Books
David Lonsdale has written 50-60 short monographs on unusual/irregular variations. They are close to being database dumps...but he's found some games I did not have in several lines. You might find some of interest if he's done a line you use or play against. He lists then on eBay.
Regards the Polish Defense he has: 'Spassky Gambit' (1. d4, b5; 2, e4, Bb7; 3, Bb5.
Regards the Polish Opening he has:
Symmetrical Defense (1. b4, b5) and The Birmingham Gambit (1. b4, c5). The latter is giving me fits as I experiment with the Polish.
Also - Marek's 1. b4 database - the motherlode for the Polish Opening - was recently updated:
Popups here, but they seem benign.
|Mar-08-12|| ||parisattack: Anyone hobby chess-on-stamps? I just came across my accumulation (large shoe box) from the 60s-70s and a run of Chess on Stamps newsletter. Haven't considered this aspect of collecting for many years. Just curious if anyone is up-to-date on things.|
|Mar-08-12|| ||TheFocus: Are you sure you didn't borrow them from Karpov?
Check my Forum for a fourth Fischer - Gligoric 1992 training game. It was in DeLucia's new set.
|Mar-08-12|| ||parisattack: :)
Thanks, will look now.
Karpov gave them to me in appreciation of making sure he didn't have to play Bobby in 1975.
|Mar-11-12|| ||parisattack: Sicilian Kalashnikov Books:
1. e4, c5 2. Nf3, Nc6: 3. d4, cd: 5. Nd4, e5 6. Nb5, d6
Several articles in NIC but few books. Anyone know of others - even articles? How about the Lowenthal and/or Haberditz variations? (6. ... a6, 6 ...h6)
Neo-Sveshnikov - Silman
Winning with the Kalashnikov - McDonald
Sicilian Kalashnikov - Aagaard/Pinski
The Killer Sicilian - Rotella
|Mar-23-12|| ||parisattack: Has anyone actually seen the book - The Killer Sicilian by Rotella (on the Kalashnikov Variation)? It appears to be an Everyman tome which was cancelled before release? Amazon shows it OOP.|
Inside scoop, anyone?
|Mar-31-12|| ||parisattack: Chess Book Seller
I found a nice seller on Amazon this week - Institute Media Services. He bought a collection of 600 chess books, gradually listing all of them on Amazon. Quite a few 'priced right' as far as I can tell - tho I've never figured out how these folks figure it to sell a $40 book for $10 and a $5 book for $20. Then there are the people selling a PB of Chernev's Most Instructive Games for $200 on eBay...
I always check out Abebooks, Amazon and BN before I go for something on eBay.
|Mar-31-12|| ||wordfunph: <parisattack> thanks for the tip, will check.|
|Mar-31-12|| ||parisattack: >wordfunph: <parisattack> thanks for the tip, will check.>|
I am hoping to list 'Books on the French Defense' this week - its a long one (+100), second only to Sicilian.
|Apr-06-12|| ||parisattack: As a long-time aficionado of hypermondernism I enjoyed the games of Nona Gaprindashvili. She played 1. g3 and 1. ...g6 a lot. I knew she had played my go-to Robatsch variation, the Gurgenidze so was *thrilled* when I was able to find a book I've been hunting for some time - 'Nona Gaprindashvili, I Prefer Risk' (in Russian)...|
HaHa! It is an autobiography - some interesting photographs - but not a SINGLE game!
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