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Abrahams, Gerald | Technique in Chess | $9.00 | Dover# 048622953X | 216 pp.
A superb guide to the general concepts of chess technique and the methods for using technique to plan ahead. Early initiative and control of the center, translating an advantage into the middle game. 200 examples from actual play. Index of themes. (One of my favorite writers, and not just because he used my material and games. Stimulating ‘original’ instruction from a highly intelligent man. Also wrote “Brains in Bridge”, “Not Only Chess” — James Schroeder)
Gelfer, Israel | Positional Chess Handbook | $12.00 | Dover# 0486419495 | 224 pp.
Wrong title, should be TECHNIQUE IN CHESS. 495 positions, starting with the endgame and then covering the middlegame. This is the type of book needed by all players not yet masters as mostly Gelfer shows how to win from winning positions. The diagrams are very poor and the translation is bad. © 1991, James Schroeder
Kmoch, Hans | Pawn Power in Chess | $11.00 | Dover# 0486264866 | 304 pp.
Profoundly original discussion of pawn play isolates its elements and elaborates on various aspects. ( A great book but difficult to read. NO other book like it or even close to it. Should be read by everyone. — James Schroeder)
Keres, Paul; Kotov, Alexander | The Art of the Middle Game | $11.00 | Dover# 0486261549 | 238 pp.
Superb guide to important area of chess. Two formidable grandmasters cover attacking the king, defense, importance of pawn structure, analysis, much more.
Renaud, Georges; Kahn, Victor | The Art of Checkmatre | $10.00 | Dover# 0486201066 | 208 pp.
Thorough classification of 23 mating situations, including Legal’s pseudo-sacrifice, the double check, smothered mate, Greco’s mate, the Corridor mate, many others. Learn from 127 games by Tartakower, Janowski, Rubinstein, Blackburne, others, illustrating positional maneuvers leading to these mates. Review quizzes test progress. (Superb! But the translation from the French by W. J. Taylor is abominable! When you read the most idiotic, inane, ridiculous grammer ever seen, don’t blame the authors! — James Schroeder)
Reinfeld, Fred | How to Force Checkmate | $6.00 | Dover# 0486204391 | 112 pp.
300 diagrammed positions, subdivided into situations of mate in one, two or three moves, introduce you to a vast array of checkmate situations. For study, as entertainment during leisure moments or travel (you need no board), this book will help end you games with a brilliant touch.
Spielmann, Rudolf | The Art of Sacrifice in Chess | $11.00 | Dover# 0486284492 | 197 pp.
One of the greatest players of all time was a great writer who was also very well educated. “The individual comes forwar4d in the spirit of chivalry and immolates himself up as did Winkelried in the battle of Sempach.” don’t worry, that’s the last obscure literary allusion. Excellent translation by J. du Mont. Based upon 37 of Spielmann’s games. “Attempt to eexplain the sacrifices which occur, to classify them and to provide them with their own nomenclature.” Often out-of-print! MUST be read by every player. Spielmann’s tragedy is that he was a Jew who escaped from Austria to Sweden and was forced to write chess books to make money. He also wrote a great book about Carl Schlechter. — James Schroeder
Pachman, Ludek | Decisive Games in Chess History | $9.00 | Dover# 0486253236 | 266 pp.
Brilliantly analyzing chess under stress, the International Grandmaster focuses on 65 of the most important tournaments and matches of the last century, capturing the drama and excitement of the key games, the intrigue of tournament tactics and the psychological proc4esses of winning. Extensive diagrams and indices.
Lasker, Emanual | Lasker’s Manual of Chess | $11.00 | Dover# 0486206408 | 390 pp.
Combinations, position play, openings, end game, aesthetics of chess, philosophy of struggle, much more. Filled with analyzed games. 308 diagrams. (Emanuel Lasker was the greatest chess player of all time. This is a great book BUT the sections on openings is terrible. Lasker did not consider it important if one was better or worse in the opening. That is NOT an intelligent attitude. You must learn to play strong, forcing openings. — James Schroeder)
- Fine, Reuben | The World’s Great Chess Games | $11.00 | Dover# 0486245128 |397 pp.
Noted chess author annotates great contests beginning with 16th-century master Ruy Lopez. Concise, illustrated analysis of games by Morphy, Steinitz, Lasker, Capablanca, Fischer, Karpov, many more. Much chess expertise plus revealing anecdotes and behind-the-scenes stories. (Fine was a writer of great charm and a superb analyst, but his “history” is not always accurate. Published in 1951 by McKay this edition, revised in 1976 is far superior. I was told Larry Evans did the revising. It says “Edited by Reuben Fine”, NOT “written by Reuben Fine”. Excellent selection of games and entertaining banter. — James Schroeder)
- Tarrasch, Siegbert | The Game of Chess | $12.00 | Dover# 048625447X | 423 pp.
The greatest book of all time for the beginner, but it should also be read by EVERY player. Tells you HOW to play chess. Tarrasch is dogmatic in insisting that the player follow his theories of rapid development, control of the center, and attack whenever possible. This is NOT a book for the casual player because it teaches how to win against other players who read books and study. Garry Kasparov, World Champion 1985-2000, followed the theories of Tarrasch and is considered the greatest attacking player of all time. — James Schroeder
- Clarke, P. H. | 100 Soviet Chess Miniatures | $9.00 | Dover# 0486408442 | 192 pp.
Tactics, audacity and speed are the hallmarks of chess matches called “miniatures”, games played in 25 moves or less. Learn from 100 fascinating games played by Soviet chess masters, taken from the records of the Soviet Chess. 99 diagrams.
Tartakower, Dr. S.; Mont, J. du | 500 Master Games of Chess 1798-1938 | $20.00 | Dover# 0486232085 | 665 pp.
Monumental work with more games in the notes. Arranged by opening. One must suffer through the convoluted writing of Tartakower, who thinks the knight moves in a straight line, but it’s worth it. Good introduction to the best players of all time and a good way to learn about the different openings. Low price for such a huge book. — James Schroeder
- Coles, R. N. | Epic Battles of the Chessboard | $8.00 | Dover# 0486293556 | 176 pp.
Enjoy and learn from 50 of the greatest games ever played, featuring a roster of chess immortals: Morphy, Steinitz, Lasker, Capablanca, Alekhine, Botvinnik and many more. All are immersed here in titanic struggles that bring out their most courageous, resourceful and tenacious play. Steinitz v. Lasker for world championship, 1896; Capablanca v. Marshall, New Yourk, 1918; many more. 99 diagrams. Index of openings.
- Howard, Kenneth S. | How to Solve Chess Problems | $8.00 | Dover# 048620748X | 171 pp.
58 two-move problems, 46 three-movers, and eight four-movers composed during the last 30 years. (Of course the idiot at Dover that wrote that didn’t say WHICH 30 years. It could be 1900 – 1930. I read this forty-five years ago and it is a great book. Howard gives a lucid explanation of problem terms, themes, etc. — James Schroeder)
- Howard, Kenneth S. | Classic Chess Problems by Pioneer Composers | $8.00 | Dover# 0486225224 | 114 pp.
This book, with 155 problems and full solutions, has been designed to interest any chess enthusiast – whatever his knowledge of chess composition may be. Loyd, White, Klett, Shinkman, Havel, Wurzburg, Kohtz, Kochelhorn and Heathcote are all represented, as are some lesser-known but equally brilliant composers.
- Petkovic, Miodrag | Mathematics and Chess | $10.00 | Dover# 0486294323 | 112 pp.
Has 110 problems in geometry, algebra and combinations based on the moves of the pieces. The only chess knowledge required is the rules of the game. The amount of mathematical skill required is great. The preface states: “Almost none of the problems exceed a high school level of difficulty, advanced mathematics is excluded.” This is certainly NOT true of an American High School education. The author is Yugoslavian and this may be so over there, where a “high school” is equivalent to a junior college in the United States. Only ONE problem has any value to a chess player! White with a king at c3 and queen at b1 to checkmate the black king, which is at f8, without moving the white king. — David Davis
- Chernev, Irving | Combinations: The Heart of Chess | $10.00 | Dover# 0486217442 | 245 pp. |
356 diagrams. In the good old days masters always looked at any book on combinations. Most of them are now out-of-print. — James Schroeder
- Alekhine, Alexander | My Best Games of Chess, 1908-1937 | $17.00 | Dover# 0486249417 | 581 pp.
Born in Russia in 1892, when he died in 1946 Alekin (Al – eh – Keen) was considered to have been one of the two greatest players of all time, the other being Emanuel Lasker. This is a great bargain of two books bound together. My Best Games 1908-23 shows his dynamic, aggressive, perpetual attacking style. He studied the endgame in order to defeat Capablanca in the 1927 World Championship Match. My Best Games 1924-37 are more one-sided and show his great endgame skill. There are more than 220 games with his annotations. Alekhin took great pride in trying to find the TRUTH in chess. Don’t be deceived by his false modesty. — James Schroeder
- Aleknine, Alexander | 107 Great Chess Battles, 1938-1945 | $10.00 | Dover# 0486271048 | 256 pp.
One of the game’s greatest players annotates fascinating games involving such masters as Capablanca, Bogoljubov, Kashdan, Reshevsky, Tartakower, Keres and others, including many of Aleknhine’s own games. Also here are delightfully candid views on fellow masters and rivals for the world title. Edited and transated by E. G. Winter. (Alekhin studied the games of the best players in the world because he might play them in a match. — Schroeder)
- Avni, Amatzia | Danger in Chess: How to Avoid Making Blunders | $8.00 | Dover# 0486424219 | 128 pp.
© 1994 – A blunder is a move that transforms a win or a draw into a loss. All play and no work for Avni who is either too lazy or too incompetent to explain WHY the “winning” player lost. That makes it work for the reader. Lasker deliberately wrote in such manner because he wanted the reader to THINK. 146 well-selected positions. — James Schroeder
- Bronstein, David | 200 Open Games | $10.00 | Dover# 0486268578 | 250 pp.
© 1973 – One of the greatest treasures of chess as the Ukrainian Grandmaster was the greatest combinational player of his time, and the greatest Art is that which uses the simplest form. All games begin 1 PK4 PK4. When Bronstein wanted to win he was the best player in the world, and in most of these games he tried to win, but he loses many of them: “As I look through this game I can see I wanted to avoid at all costs the systematic, strategical type of game in which my opponent is still reputed to be a great authority.” After 1 PK4 PK4; 2 NKB3 NQB3; 3 PQ4 PxP; 4 PB3 PxP; 5 NxP NB3 Bronstein – Fuderer 1959, “I had devised an original attack, in 7 QN3, 8 NKN5, PKB4 and 11 PKR3. But in 1960 I acquired several old Spanish books and in one of them which had been published in 1890, I found the first eleven moves of my game with Fuderer!” Be Alert! Bronstein – Anon. Simultaneous Exhibition 1 PK4 PK4; 2PQ4 PxP; 3 QxP NQB3; 4 QR4 NB3; 5 NQB3 PQ4; 6 BKN5 PxP; 7 NxP QK2; 8 0-0-0 QxN??; 9 RQ8ch? instead of 9 QxQch NxQ; 10 RQ8 mate. Beware! There are many factual errors: “At the time of the 1958 Interzonal Tournament Robert Fischer’s greatest achievement had been a match victory over R. Cardoso.” Fisher won the 1957-58 USA Championship tournament. There are MORE than 200 games. — James Schroeder
- Euwe, Max; Hooper, David | A Guide to Chess Endings | $11.00 | Dover# 0486233324
This book offers clear, thorough coverage of the most important, frequently encountered endgame situations. 331 examples are analyzed (each with its own diagram), including 30 examples of Queen endings, and 100 examples each of pawn endings, minor piece endings and rook endings. (The best first book for everyone on the endings. WARNING! In an otherwise excellent book they have made a terrible mistake concerning queen and pawn vs queen. Ignore what they say and remember: It is possible to have a forced win with the pawn on any square on the board. — James Schroeder)
- King, Daniel | How Good Is Your Chess? | $8.00 | Dover# 0486247803 | 128 pp.
Twenty complete games where you try to guess the next move. Most of them were played in the early 1990’s. King says something with almost every move, giving advice and analysis. This is a good way to learn different openings. WARNING! King is a MINOR Grandmaster and makes many mistakes. 1 e4 c5; 2 Nf3 d6; 3 d4 PxP; 4 NxP Nf6; 5 Nc3 Nc6; 6 Bg5 e6; 7 Qd2 a6; 8 0-0-0 h6; 9 Bf4 Bd7; 10 Bg3 Rc8; 11 f3 NxN; 12 QxN e5; 13 Qe3 Be7; 14 h4 0-0; 15 Kb1 Qc7; 16 Bd3 Be6; 17 Bh2 Qa5. King: “It seems curious to move the queen again but Black has spotted a weakness in White’s position.” Superficial and VERY POOR. Why didn’t Black play 15 … Qa5? Because White would play 16 Be1. King often makes this type of mistake. Nevertheless, this is a good book. — James Schroeder.
- Kopec, Danny; Pritchett, Craig | Chess World Title Contenders and Their Styles | $10.00 | Dover# 048642233X | 224 pp.
Highly recommended! The title, invented by Dover, is a lie. The original title was Best Games of the Young Grandmasters. Only one became a world title contender. 87 games. Figurine algebraic. Tony Miles, Jan Timman, Ljubomir Ljubojevic, Walter Browne, Robert Hubner, Zoltan Rible, Ulf Andersson, Garry Kasparov. Most of the games are well selected and there are summaries of each player’s career. © 1980 The bad part is that Kopec and Pritchett are horribly stupid, inane, writers. Reject their asinine “opinions”. — James Schroeder
- Bronstein, David | Zurich 1953 Candidates Tournament | $15.00 | Dover# 0486238008 | 349 pp.
All 210 games from the greatest tournament since World War II. Smyslov, Bronstein, Keres, Reshevsky, Petrosian, 10 others; perceptive annotations by Bronstein. Algebraic notation. 352 diagrams. Double Round. (Actually written by Boris Vainstein, with Bronstein’s help. Paul Keres was forced to lose two games to Smyslov, so that Smyslov could win the tournament. Bronstein said this was a treatise on the MIDDLE-GAME. Poor translation. — James Schroeder)
- Mednis, Edmar | Strategic Chess: Mastering the Closed Game | $10.00 | Dover# 0486406172 | 256 pp.
Insigntful manual by noted grandmaster offers detailed, seldom-discussed insights into the real significance of the opening. 30 games area analyzed, between such masters as Petrosian and Korchnoi, Karpov and Kasparov, Gligoric and Kaplan, and more, showing how strategic themes of the opening are carried through all applicable phases of the game. (One of the greatest writers of all time. Very intelligent and well-educated. Superb instruction not marred by asinine jokkes or crude slang. A great pleasure to read. — James Schroeder)
- Botvinnik, Mikhail | 100 Selected Games | $11.00 | Dover# 0486206203 | 272 pp.
The BEST individual Master’s collection. 100 games annotated by Botvinnik before he became World Champion (by cheating) in 1948. After that his play deteriorated. A crude, vicious, ambitious man whose play was extremely powerful. Only Emanuel Lasker played with such power, and he did it more consistently, always going forward, and looking for a combination. Botvinnik’s weakness was that he often tried too hard to win a winning position and made crude blunders, over-looking his opponent’s counter-attack. One can copy Botvinnik’s style and adapt to modern chess, with entirely different openings. — James Schroeder)
- Euwe, Max; Meiden Walter | Chess Master vs. Chess Amateur | $11.00 | Dover# 0486279472 | 314 pp.
25 chess games played between master and amateur – chosen, arranged and annotated to help amateurs learn how to avoid a variety of weak strategic and tactical moves. Selected, with commentary by the 1935-37 World Chess Champion Max Euwe and by Walter Meiden, a typical amateur player, the games point out graphically how the chess master exploits errors of the amateur. (Max Euwe of Holland was a mental and physical giant. An amateur chess player, a licensed airplane pilot, amateur heavyweight boxing champion of Europe, Masters Degrees in mathematics and computer science, etc. This must be a great book because I helped write it. I knew Meiden in Columbus, Ohio. — James Schroeder)
- Kmoch, Hans | Rubinstein’s Chess Masterpieces | $9.00 | Dover# 0486206173 | 192 pp.
100 selected games. (Rubinstein had astonishing early success with a severely limited style. The ignorant critics, including all masters, over-rate his play. They conveniently ignore the fact that he was an imbecile regarding knights, and lost many games to simple-minded knight combinations. To suggest that he would have had a chance in a match with Lasker, is idiotic. Alekhin lost his first two games to Rubinstein, in 1911 and 1912, but then became aware of Rubinstein’s weakness and won 8, lost 1, drew 3. These are excellent examples of how to attach with bishop, rook and queen, and Rubinstein was a great endgame player, but do not be deceived by the hyperbole. As Reuben Fine said: “Rubinstein’s weakness was the middle-game.” Tarrasch said: “Fortunately the gods have placed the middle-game before the endgame.” A word to the wise is sufficient. — James Schroeder)
- Reinfeld, Fred | Win at Chess | $6.00 | Dover# 0486418782 | 105 pp.
Converted from descriptive to algebraic by the infamous Fred Wilson, who is stupid, ignorant, irresponsible, inept and incompetent. It is full of egregious errors. Many diagrams are wrong, pieces missing or pieces added (three white rooks, two white kings, etc.), pieces on the wrong squares. Several captions are wrong: White to play instead of Black to play. There are many typographical errors. Has 300 diagrams with solutions. Considering Wilson’s reputation as a moron, it is inexcusable that someone at Dover did NOT “proof-read” his “work”. Nevertheless, despite that idiot’s worst efforts, this is worth more than $6.00 — James Schroeder
- Lasker, Edward | Chess for Fun and Chess for Blood | $8.00 | Dover# 0486201465 | 224 pp.
Chess as art and recreation; checkmating combinations, endgame play, strategic principles, etc. Full details and analysis of author’s famous game with Emanuel Lasker. 94 diagrams; other illustrations. (Intelligent man who knows all the greats. Very interesting. — James Schroeder)
- Sergeant, Philip | Morphy’s Games of Chess | $15.00 | Dover# 0486203867 | 352 pp.
300 games by the greatest player of all time: 54 against such masters as Anderssen, Harrwitz, Mongredien, Bird, Paulsen and others; 52 of the best blindfold games; 52 games at odds; and 142 in consultation, informally, etc. Detailed annotations of games by such expert analysts as Sergeant, Steinitz, Anderssen and Morphy himself. (He was NOT the greatest player of all time, and Lowenthal was his strongest opponent. Only 59 serious games, and except for his match at knight-odds with Thompson, Morphy was not concerned about losing. Don’t copy his bad moves! But this is the book that every player, especially beginners, should read, because it shows how to beat the “average” player – one that doesn’t read books. — James Schroeder)
- Harding, T.D. | Counter Gambits | $9.00 | Dover | 220 pp.
What a delight! 220 PACKED pages. Includes 18 page chapter written 2001. Superb format: long-algebraic, bold type for game moves; short-algebraic, light type for analysis. Perfect diagrams. See book review HERE.
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