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  Sally Simpson: ***

'Spurious Games' by David Jenkins.

Review here:


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  OhioChessFan: I'll have to find Spurious Games. Does <FSR> know you've used that game on your site?
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I did not know <Sally Simpson> was Red Hot Pawn!

Nice one brah. A delightful game from FSR there too.

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  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi Ohio,

I'm pretty sure I told FSR (somewhere) I had used his game. But to play safe I'll go and mention it on the game page.

Yes a good book, chess to think about, no mushy love stuff.

I do not want to read about chess players hoping in and out each others bed. They should be studying endgames, looking for TN's is the case here, bumping each other off.

The author, David Jenkins, liked my review so he sent me a signed hardback. I thought this was very nice of him. (he also added if he had known about my game v Kynoch 'Pins and Needles' he would have used it - the book left some players alive so hopefully I'll make the sequel.)

Hi Jessica,

Yes Red Hot Pawn. Been doing a column there for about 10 years. close to my 400th post.

The site is mainly home and casual players the core of the game. Losses are shrugged off, you can experiment, set traps, take days to move. Just have fun....remember those days, when you played chess for the sheer fun of it?

(Yes 'column' dislike the term 'blog' I think blog stands for 'this the end of free speech.')

Here is the latest one.

Me and the Aitken books. Now on book 7, loving every minute of it, have found dozens of unknown games Aitken played v the good guys including a 4 game match with Alexander played just after the war and before Hasting '46. A couple of cracking games in that match.

It makes a change from the RHP games I play over. I keep expecting a humorous blunder, one or two appear but not on a regular basis. When they do Aitken is quite liberal with his '??'

The games here have a gap from 1939 to December 1945. He played dozens of games during war and a few games appear from the Bletchley Park Boys where the chess players there had a ladder going and hut 6 v hut 8 type matches.

One WWII game had no opponents name, which I think is taking the Official Secrets Act a bit too far.

No Turing game (yet!) but according to Golombek Turing was 'a Queen odds player.' so maybe he did not take part. (he probably had more important things to do, like winning the war....)


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  FSR: <Sally Simpson> Regarding idiots mixing up <Atkins> and <Aitken>, the story (which I probably got from the Coles book you pictured) is that the Brits, prior to what become FIDE's inaugural 1950 list of Grandmasters and International Masters, proposed that Atkins (whose active days as a player were long behind him), be given the title of International Master. The Soviets thought the Brits were talking about Aitken, and were skeptical about whether the player in question merited the title. The Brits explained to the Soviets that they were talking about <Atkins>, not <Aitken>, and pointed out that he had left their man Chigorin in the dust at 13th DSB Kongress (Hanover) (1902). The Soviets were persuaded.
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  Sally Simpson: ***

Thanks FSR I've never heard about that one, though I have heard them being mixed up not on purpose a few times. It is not in 'The Doyen' Atkins getting the title is but alas no mention of Aitken...can you recall a source, I'd like to use it.

Meanwhile I'll dig and see if I can find one.

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  Sally Simpson: ***

Got it. Steve Giddins.


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  FSR: <Sally Simpson> Atkins was a superstar. I have no doubt that he would have been among the top players in the world (even a potential world champion) had he been a professional. At Hanover he finished behind only Janowski (who played a world championship match against Lasker) and Pillsbury (who surely would have done so had he not contracted syphilis). He finished ahead of Chigorin, Marshall, and Gunsberg, all of whom had played or would play for the world championship.
Jul-31-21  parisattack: Does anyone here have a copy of or information on Richard Verber's book on the Sicilian O'Kelly?
Sep-27-21  parisattack: I have been asked – on numerous occasions – what purpose does a large chess book collection serve?

I have ‘sold down’ over the years but still have over 3k volumes. Well, if you are a collector the question sort of answers itself…. you collect to…collect.

But is it really practical in any way? One of the projects I often use my collection for (and any other sources available) is ‘Adopt-a-Game.’ I find a game that speaks to me and try to run down all the different annotations I can find, consolidate them into a single document. I’ve done perhaps two dozen games over the years. Right now, I am doing the 18th game of Botvinnik-Petrosian 1963. As a bonus, I’ve developed a very nice way to parse variations, sub-variations and sub-sub variations and still make it very readable. Perhaps I will write a chess book…someday. (I’ve started several over the years.)

So, to the other chess book addicts here - What do you do with your chess book collection? Enquiring minds want to know.

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  g15713: 3k book collection - Wow!

I use my small book collection to analyze endgames

'Game Collection: g15713's favorite collections of endgames

Understanding Chess Endings by John Nunn, my favorite chess writer, is a great place to start, then his Nunn's Chess Endings Volumes I and II - my two cents on great chess books on endgames. Of course there are many others - <"Part of the problem is there are too many good endgames books and not enough people read them!"> aansel

Understanding Endgames series by authors Karsten Muller and Yakov Konoval is a newer addition on endgames - good reference books.

Understanding Rook Endgames

Understanding Minor Piece Endgames

Understanding Rook vs. Minor Piece Endgames

Understanding Queen Endgames

GM József Pintér in his book <7 Men> 2016, is a collection of well-known 7-piece positions.


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  suenteus po 147: Hey, everyone. I'm looking to invest in some essential chess books, and I would appreciate some advice and recommendations. I've never really had a big chess library, or even moderately sized for that matter. I've read 10 Most Common Chess Mistakes by Evans, The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played by Chernev, Bobby Fischer's Outrageous Chess Moves by Pandolfini, and Chess in the Eighties by Bronstein and Smolyan, but I don't own any of those anymore. The only chess book I own now is The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal, which I haven't read yet, and that's it.

What are five or six books I should absolutely have on my shelf? When I was last a club player my highest rating was near 1700, but that was 15 years ago. I play almost entirely correspondence chess now, but some day I'd like to return to the club scene and get my rating up over 1800. What are the books that would best help get me there?

These are the books on my shopping list at the moment (based on numerous recommendations read here at

Art of Attack in Chess by Vukovic
Pawn Power in Chess by Kmoch
Simple Chess by Stean
Zurich International Chess Tournament 1953 by Bronstein

I figure I need a book on endgames and one on middlegames, and anything else that my be considered a big gap. I appreciate all advice and/or detailed recommendations.

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  Check It Out: Definitely add The Sorcerer's Apprentice by Bronstein and Furstenberg. Great anecdotes, lots of middles game analysis.

I don't see Fischer's My 60 Memorable Games in there, that's a no-brainer.


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  g15713: Hi Peter!

Understanding Chess Endings by John Nunn, my favorite chess writer, is a great place to start. It covers 100 key endgame concepts and shows how they are used to win games or save difficult positions; then his Nunn's Chess Endings Volumes I and II - my two cents on great chess books on endgames.


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  suenteus po 147: <Check It Out> & <g15713> Thank you both!
Oct-06-21  fabelhaft: One of the more interesting books I have read in recent years is The Anand Files by Michiel Abeln. If one followed top chess around 2010 it can't get much more exciting than reading all the details concerning Anand's preparation for and playing the title matches against Kramnik, Topalov and Gelfand. Abeln is not exactly a name like Bronstein or Fischer but I don't recall reading any more interesting book on the 21st century chess scene. At Amazon all 16 reviewers gave it 5/5:

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  moronovich: Thanks <fabelhaft> !

Sounds like a christmaspresent is in the bag !

The fact, that I have met Heine Nielsen on several occasions, should ad some value too.

Oct-06-21  fabelhaft: <moronovich>

You will certainly enjoy it! The book really makes one understand what a huge importance Nielsen has. He sure has been involved in winning many World Championships with Anand and Carlsen, and is a very central person in Abeln's book, which is full of anecdotes.

The one time when Nielsen and Anand disagreed was apparently after Anand had won the third game against Kramnik. Nielsen advised against repeating the same opening, Anand had done it one game too many against Kasparov in 1995, when leading.

Initially everyone agreed that repeating was too dangerous, Kramnik's team would surely have something prepared now, but eventually Anand changed his mind and risked it.

The seconds worked so hard during the nights that they often slept during games, but just before the game Anand suddenly needed to check a line and couldn't reach anyone but finally got hold of Wojtaszek, who quickly had to answer a question on a complicated line without being able to check with the computer. Wojtaszek was very nervous about having given the wrong anser, but it turned out he had been right. Some of these things read a bit like a thriller, well, not for normal people I guess :-)

Oct-06-21  fabelhaft: Nielsen had suggested picking Kasim for Team Anand, and it was a huge success. What the team referred to as "Kasim's Meran Baby" in principle won the match against Kramnik, and he worked tirelessly almost day and night with all the possible lines.

On the morning of the last game he was just shaking from caffeine and tension. As soon as the game started he went to sleep but Nielsen woke him up after the game and match were over.

Everyone celebrated and went home. Kasim had looked forward to seeing wife and kids again but turned in the door after hugging them. He was just totally finished. He went back to his hotel room at the match site and watched 30 episodes of Family Guy, and stayed a few days after everyone else had left, just sitting in his room. "His wife has never understood why he went back to Bonn".

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  moronovich: Thanks again <fabelhaft> !

I can also see how the book has giving you many fritfull and tense hours.

I am really looking forward to it.

Had a long conversation with Heine back in 2009.And it stroke me, that he alreday then called Magnus his friend.And talked about Anand becomming older.

Oct-06-21  parisattack: Books List:

Concur on: Fischer 60, Nunn's Understanding, Simple Chess. Not so sure on Pawn Power tho it is a classic.

Adding: From an instructional point-of-view I've gotten the most out of Botvinnik analyzing his own games. So, any of those starting with 100 Selected.

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  suenteus po 147: <parisattack> Thank you for thoughts and recommendation. I have seen people (like <Resignation Trap> and <keypusher>) post Botvinnik's analysis on his own games previously and have always thought it was very instructive and insightful. I will add his 100 Selected Games to my list for sure.
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  suenteus po 147: Read volume 2 of Lev Alburt's Secrets of the Russian Chess Masters and it was a quality chess manual. I think the title is misleading, unless he explained something in volume 1 that he never revisits in volume 2. It's the kind of book I wish I had read 20 years ago when I was still a club player. The focus on tactics and combinatory practice over opening theory and various styles of play was just what I would have needed back then. Still, as a player looking to become more advanced, I found it to be good reinforcement of lessons learned the hard way as well as providing some insights and techniques I'm still learning and incorporating into my game. A solid intermediate level book.
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  saffuna: Seems to me it's just difficult to come up with new titles for chess book that will attract attention among all the books being published.
Nov-22-21  parisattack: Book Review: Play the Orangutan 1. b4! by Carsten Hansen

I did a double-take when I first saw the advert for this book. Carsten Hansen writing a book on 1 .b4?!

The Dedication at the beginning of the book explains it – his father was a 1. b4 aficionado.

Hansen refers to it as the Orangutan, from Tartakower. It is more commonly known as Sokolsky’s Opening, sometimes the Polish Opening or simply 1. b4. This is all covered in a very excellent and thorough history and overview of the Orangutan worth the price of admission ($18.95). That chapter also relates the author’s games and experiences with the opening.

The book covers the opening based on Black setups – QG, King’s Indian, Dutch, etc. He gives considerable space to 1. …e5 as this is the most common reply to 1. b4. The 'Exchange Variation' (1 b4, e5; 2 Bb2, Bb4; 3. Be5) also covers Carlson’s ‘The Magnus Method’ with 4. c3. I used to play a similar line with 4. Nc3 and had some success.

I very much like the organization of variations and themes and found it helpful.

Clearly Hansen has done his research! Every variation comes packed with game references and fresh analysis. If there is a flaw in the book it is the formatting. Large blocks of game moves and analysis separated only by a1,a2, b1 type notation, parentheses, no indention. My diagrams were all OK though they are somewhat dark.

Definitely a fresh look at 1.b4!

A basic 1. b4 library along with this book:

Levy – b4 Sokolsky’s Opening. This is a translation of Sokolsky’s original Russian book with some updates. There is an earlier work by Schiffler but it is in German.

Lapshun – Play b4! A bit optimistic but a good book nonetheless.

Konikowsky – 1.b4 Theory and Practice.

There is ‘Marek’s b4 Database’ available online for a donation to his website. It also offers a very complete bibliography for 1. b4.

I played the Sokolsky for several years online and had decent results with it and enjoyed the offbeat positions which often occurred. Two thoughts:

1) Very easy for White to get underdeveloped on the kingside, 2) a3 is sometimes better than the aggressive b5 when the b4 pawn is attacked, something of a St. George in reverse. Hansen does look at this idea more than in other 1. b4 books I have in my library.

4.5 Stars, not 5.0 for the somewhat difficult-to-follow formatting.

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