Book Note: Chess Master vs. Chess Amateur

    Chess Master vs. Chess Amateur

by Max Euwe and Walter Meiden

Dover price $10. Please order from me – MINIMUM ORDER $20. See Dover list with reviews HERE.

Mostly a good book but Euwe made the worst possible mistake, saying 1 PK4 PQ4; 2 PxP PQB3?; 3 PxP NxP is playable, when it is actually a forced win for White. The master had Black and he won. Even worse, some other suspicious openings in the book, but I don’t have it on hand. Euwe some times lacked common sense, e.g., stating that the Gioco Piano, 1 PK4 PK4; 2 NKB3 NQB3; 3 BB4, sas as good for White as the Ruy Lopez, 1 PK4 PK4; 2 NKB3 NQB3; 3 BN5. As has been proven in master play for more than one hundred years, that is completely wrong. 3 BB4 is so weak it is seldom played by masters.

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