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Aug-30-19  parisattack: <SaitamaSeason2: Does anyone know the books that have content only discussing about how to utilize an advantage in time (or tempo), space, and material, but please provide the link in PDF version for download?>

That covers a lot of strategic ground...everything save 'position.' There are sites to download chess book pdfs (just do a Google search) but be careful of them - especially the torrents. And, of course, copyright issues.

That said, Pachman's Modern Chess Strategy would be a good place to start. Time, space, material - sounds like Morphy's games to me. :)

Aug-30-19  JimNorCal: Oh! That strikes a chord!
What is the best Morphy book?
Aug-31-19  parisattack: Of the older tomes I still like Reinfeld's Morphy's Chess Masterpieces. Of the newer, Morphy: Move by Move -Franco and Morphy: A Modern Perspective - Beim.

A story about the book Paul Morphy and the Golden Age of Chess. I was at a discount store with my Mom (1970s probably) and they had a large table of remainder books for $1.00. I saw a copy of the book HB/DJ so grabbed it and kept looking...I found 11(!) copies of it and bought them all! My Mom didn't care, she already knew I was crazy. :)

Aug-31-19  JimNorCal: Thanks, p/a.
Cool story, too. I bet those books would make swell book prizes for club events
Sep-01-19  parisattack: Actually, I pretty much did just that; gave them to new players, a couple to schools. I think I have three left.

First Book of Morphy also good...

Sep-01-19  parisattack: <Jim> Do you have any 'sleeper' books? Books you especially like but are not particularly well-known?

I was thinking of one today when I saw it - Learn Chess From the World Champions by Levy. WCs analyze their own games. It is a price sleeper, also. Nice hardback Pergamon book, goes for $5-$10.

Keene's Learn From the Grandmasters in a similar style is also a great book and also something of a sleeper. Still around $10, HB/DJ.

Sep-13-19  parisattack: Fischer Book Question

I was browsing Chernev's 'Golden Dozen' book and on the back inside flap it lists other books by Oxford.

One of them caught my eye 'Chess Technique and Bobby Fischer' by Burger. I've never seen or heard of it and not finding on a quick search of the Internet.

I suspect it is the same as 'The Chess of Bobby Fischer' by Burger but of course cannot be certain. Does anyone have a copy of the Oxford tome?

Also - peripheral Q - What do others think of Sam Sloan listing himself as co-author on many of the classic chess books being reprinted by the new (relatively, they did wonderful Go books for many years) Ishi Press?

Grazie for any help!

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  Count Wedgemore: Hi there, <parisattack>. Looks like 'Chess Technique and Bobby Fischer' and 'The Chess of Bobby Fischer' are two different books, both written by Robert Eugene Burger. But, unfortunately, 'Chess Technique' was, and remains, unpublished. I don't know to which extent it was really a book though, and not just a lengthy article or something. Anyway, all I know is that Edward Winter refers to it as "unpublished" in his index over different stuff referred to in his various 'Chess Notes':

If you scroll down a bit on that page you'll find this entry: <Chess technique and Bobby Fischer by R.E. Burger (unpublished) C.N. 5876>.

Sep-13-19  parisattack: Interesting! Thanks much <Count Wedgemore>.

Odd that Oxford would go as far as advertising it on the cover of another book. Perhaps they got a little ahead of themselves.

Sep-17-19  parisattack: Batsford Books Question

As every British schoolboy knows, Batsford published several series of opening books 1970s-1990s.

Contemporary Opening Series (alias the ‘Batsford Whites’ and the beginning of the British Invasion). Most of these nice HB/DJ books can be had for a song.

Algebraic Opening Series

Tournament Players Series

Tournament Openings (mostly translations from Russian and not in white covers)

Winning With (into the 2000s)

My question regards the Algebraic Series: I have the Colle/London/B-D, Nimzowitsch Attack and King’s Indian 4.e4 in hardback...

Can anyone assert that any/all of the others were issued in hardback? I know the three I do have are HTF now. And/Or offer more information on the Batsford opening books – especially the relationship with Chess Digest.

En Passant – I have lists of what books I have or have seen in these Series – if anyone would like me to post, perhaps help me update them, just let me know.

Sep-17-19  JimNorCal: This is too well known to be a "sleeper" but let me throw in a word of praise for Keene's book on Nimzovich. You can open it anywhere and browse contentedly. A labor of love, and it shows.

There was a slim opening volume by Barden, perhaps Guide to the Chess Openings. I've sadly never had an affinity for opening books (or openings in general) but that book evaded my filters and taught me a lot. I still play the French as Black based on his stirring description of heroic defense ...

Sep-18-19  JimNorCal: And while searching up the book name, this delightful article. NINETY TODAY : LEONARD BARDEN
AUGUST 20, 2019

"Barden has a Morphy number of 3, having drawn with Jacques Mieses in the Premier Reserves at Hastings 1948–49. Mieses drew with Henry Bird in the last round of Hastings 1895, and Bird played a number of games with Paul Morphy in 1858 and 1859."

Sep-19-19  parisattack: <JimNorCal> Good find, great read! Thank you for sharing.

Yes, the Nimzo book is one of Keene's best efforts.

In MCO-10 Larry Evans says, "French players are a breed apart."

Sep-30-19  parisattack: Book Review
The Hippopotamus Defence – Alessio De Santis – New in Chess 2019, Paperback, 320 pages.

Another Hippo tome! This one from the pen and engine of Alessio De Santis, FIDE Master from Italy.

Subtitled, “A Deceptively Dangerous Universal Chess Opening System for Black.” Whew.

The book is cleverly divided into three Sections: Flash, Reflection and In Depth. Basically, topics are covered in more and more depth; I like that idea a lot!

What stands out for me is De Santis’ beginning attempt to categorize setups, motifs, breaks for both Black and White. To do this he discusses in some detail a variety of Semi-Hippos for Black. Some White setups suggest one of a number of Semi-Hippos instead of a Full Hippo.

Although it is not extremely systematized – it is somewhat new territory – the attempt to match the best Setup for Black against White setups is laudatory. He also does this, if even more informally, for various motifs and pawn breaks for each side.

OK, so De Santis is ‘only’ and FIDE Master and there are games with sub-2000 players. I am fine with that as I play mostly sub-2000 opponents. Obviously, this raises the question…why are there so few >2400 games available for comment? You’ll need to draw your own conclusions.

The book is nicely laid out and there are three to four diagrams per page! If the Robatsch or Owens/English are of interest, you should probably have this book as both can lead to Full-Hippos or Semi-Hippos to Black’s advantage.

A Hippo Reader:
The Hippopotamus Rises – Martin
The Hippo System – Briffoz
The Hippopatamus Defence – De Santis

There are also Hippo chapters in Persson’s two books – Tiger’s Modern and the Modern Tiger. Lakdawalwa gives it some space in both 1….b6 Move by Move and The Modern Move by Move, also discussing when a Hippo may be the way to go.

The serious student will also want CG’s own Bill Wall’s Krazy Kat and Old Hippo and The Elshad System by Nemtsev.

Dec-05-19  parisattack: BOOK REVIEW
Opening Repertoire-Modern Defence, Cyrus Lakdawala, Everyman Press 2019.

I was delighted to see this book is not just another Tiger’s Modern tome!

I have played the Robatsch/Modern since the late 1960s and Lakdawala advocates for the three lines I have always played:

Against e4 and not-c4 by White (what I call the Robatsch) he recommends the ‘classical’ d6 and c6 lines against most White setups.

Against the f4 Austrian Attack he recommends a ‘delayed Gurgenidze’ with d6 ->d5 after White’s f4. The Gurgenidze is my ATF variation! The delayed two-step with the queen’s pawn is no big deal. The position is quite closed and more often than not in the Austrian the bishop goes back to f8.

Sadly, this means he doesn’t cover the Old Main Line of c6 and b5 or the Robatsch Poisoned Pawn of c6 and Qb6. I think both of those are very playable against the Austrian with f4.

(As to the Gurgenidze, there is also an ‘advanced’ variation where white tries to save a temp by not playing an early ….Bg7 and …d5 in a single stroke. Of course, this gives White the opportunity to not play f4. Something gained, something lost.)

Against the Averbakh (which I call the Modern) with White’s c4 he recommends a Benoni with …Ne7. I’d call this a Franco-Gunderdam. I have also always felt the Benonis with a delayed …Nf6 or …Ne7/…Nh6 placement have real potential. If this appeals also see Soltis’ Franco-Benoni and Field’s Barcza Larsen Defense.

I am grateful for Lakdawala for promoting these lines. I guess great minds think alike, LOL!

Looking very much forward to spending time with this book.

Feb-22-20  1d410: A bunch of bad chess books by authors like Andrew Soltis came out so there was a response of two books. Game changer about AI with an intro by Garry Kasparov and Beyond Material, a codifying of lots of the things I was talking about on this site when I used it regularly. I recommend passing on the AI book but getting Beyond Material. Be careful of fraud doctors.
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  perfidious: Anyone spotted a copy of Golombek's bio of Hugh Alexander? Last I saw, nothing available on Amazon and even then, at an exorbitant price.
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  chancho: <Perfidious> You mean this book?

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  perfidious: <chancho>, once I checked out your link, I realised I had been, shall we say, barking up the wrong tree. The book I was looking for was Alexander's 1972 work on the game, which has a fine interview with Larsen and is well worth a read for those who have never seen it.

Many thanks in any case!

Sep-17-20  parisattack: Pergamon Chess Books

100 Classics of the Chessboard – Dickins/Ebert
125 Selected Games – Smyslov
A Complete Defense to 1.e4 – Hooper
A Complete Defense to 1.d4 – Cafferty
Achieving the Aim – Botvinnik
Anatoly Karpov – Botvinnik
Application of Chess Theory – Geller
Art of Attack – Vukovic
Art of Defence in Chess – Polugayevsky/Damsky
British Chess – Botterill
Catastrophe in the Opening – Neishtadt
Chess at the Top 1979-1984 – Karpov
Chess Combination from Philidor to Karpov – Keene Chess Endings: Essential Knowledge – Averbakh
Chess for Children – Richardson
Chess in the Eighties – Bronstein/Smolyan
Chess is My Life – Karpov
Chess Kaleidoscope – Karpov/Gik
Chess Scandals – Edmonton (Cadogan)
Comprehensive Chess Endings – Averbakh (5v)
Comprehensive Chess Openings – Estrin/Panov (3v?) Computer Chess Book – Harding
Creative Chess – Avni
David Brnstein: Chess Improviser – Vainstein
Defence and Counter-Attack- Florian
Dynamic Chess Strategy Suba
Endgame Strategy – Shereshevsky
Evolution of Chess Opening Theory – Keene
From Baguio to Merano – Karpov/Baturinsky
From the Middlegame to the Endgame – Mednis
Grandmaster Performance – Polugayevsky
Grandmaster Preparation – Polugayevsky
Half-Century of Chess – Botvinnik
Kasparov vs Karpov – Kasparov (Cadogan)
Keres: Master Class – Neishtadt
Killer Grob – Basman
Learn Chess – ChOD Alexander (2v?)
Learn Chess from the World Champions – Levy
London 1980 – Hartston
London-Leningrad – Kasparov/Neat
Master Chess – Kopec
Mastering the Endgame – Shereshevsky (2v)
Michael Adams - Adams
Modern Chess Opening Theory – Suetin
Montreal 1979 – Tal et al
Opening into the Endgame – Mednis
Opening Preparation – Assiac/O’Connell
Paul Keres Best Games – Varnusz (2v)
Play the Benko Gambit – Ravikumar (Cadogan)
Play the Bogo-Indian – Taulbut
Play the Caro-Kann – Varnusz
Play the Catalan – Neishtadt 2v
Play the French – Watson
Play the King’s Gambit (2v)
Play the King’s Indian – Marovic
Play the Nimzo-Indian – Gligoric
Play the St George – Basman
Play the Tarrasch – Shamkovitch/Schiller
Queen Sacrifice – Neishstadt
Ruy Lopez – Barden
Selected Games – Botvinnik
Sicilian Labrinth – Polugayevsky (2v)
Sicilian Poisoned Pawn Variation – Kovacs (Cadogan) Sicilian Sveshnikov – Adorjan/Horvath
Test and Improve Your Chess – Alburt
Test of Time – Kasparov
Test your Chess I.Q. – Livshitz (2v)
The Blumenfeld Gambit – Przewoznik
The Chess Beat – Evans (Cadogan)
The Games of Petrosian – Shekhtman (2v)
The Machine Plays Chess – Bell
The Sicilian Defence – Gligoric
Three Steps to Chess Mastery – Suetin
Tigran Petrosian – O’Kelly
Tournament Chess (15v?)

Others, please?

Sep-17-20  optimal play: This comment is in the obituary of Louis Goldsmith

"In Steinitz's book one of his games is given and described as most brilliant."

- The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.) issue Saturday 16 September 1911

Does anybody know which of Wilhelm Steinitz's numerous books contains the game from Louis Goldsmith?

And what that game was?

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  Paint My Dragon: <parisattack> I suspect that your Pergamon/Cadogan list could get very long. Thank goodness it's not Batsford!

A few titles that jumped off my bookshelf:

World Chess Champions - Winter
My Best Games of Chess - Szabo
Battles of Hastings - Cload/Keene

Timman's Selected Games - Timman
Chess Traveller's Quiz Book - Hodgson
Soft Pawn - Hartston
The Nimzo-Indian Defence - Gligoric
The Modern Benoni - Norwood
King's Indian: Averbakh Variation - Petursson

I noticed too that some back catalogue entries from the Pergamon 'Russian Series' are given on the front page reverse of Kasparov v Karpov 1990.

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  Paint My Dragon: You already have most of the KvK list I think.

Another Cadogan I missed:
The Soviet Championships - Cafferty/Taimanov

Sep-19-20  parisattack: Thank you <Paint My Dragon>!
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  Sally Simpson: ***

'Spurious Games' by David Jenkins.

Review here:


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