Bobby Fischer's Outrageous Chess Moves (Anglais) Broché – 14 octobre 1985
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Some of the things Fischer did were of such sublime genius that they show a level of creativity that approaches aesthetic art for the chess aficionado who craves a little beauty in his or her game. The move in game 65 is one such example (the famous rook obstruction on f6 against Benko), even if a computer would indeed see it.
That said, some of the combinations in this book are less than thrilling and certainly not "outrageous," but simply examples of good play - some of which are so obvious that beginning players with knowledge of simple tactics (forks, pins, discoveries, etcetera) will spot them instantly and probably not be too bowled over by them.
To be fair, as other reviewers have pointed out, these easy ones rate a "1" on Pandolfini's difficulty scale, but as an example, what's so outrageous about Fischer's capitalizing on Taimanov's blunder in game 21 with Qd4, setting up a rook and king fork? Answer: Nothing outrageous. Any run-of-the mill pub player with enough talent to think for a moment before making the next move would spot this one almost reflexively, despite Taimanov missing it - that's why they call it a blunder, and everyone makes them from time to time, including grandmasters. It's still not genius to see it, and this problem is filler to make the 101 number, as far as I'm concerned. There are a few other examples.
Again, it's not my place to nitpick this book apart or to be some arbiter of genius versus not genius or outrageous versus pedestrian. The book does show a wealth of things that are truly surprising and inspiring to those who wish to improve their tactical play, and it reinforces the axiom time and again that we should "see the whole board."
The last word here is that I only halfheartedly recommend this despite giving it a 4-star rating and my enjoyment of it. All of these outrageous moves are covered in other Fischer books that have substantially more text and instructive value. The book is tiny, and again because of this it is very good for portable enjoyment, but it's only 101 positions plus the games they come from at the end sans any annotation. Easy to learn flat out what the move is in no time at all, rendering it something like a short video of - say - Pele's greatest goals. Alburt's pocket chess books, though not about Fischer, have 3 times the number of positions for the same size and better instructive value as pattern recognition exercises with explanations, though are more expensive, so there's that.
The difficulty levels are randomized so you will find problems of varying difficulties throughout the book. I think this is good as you don't know what will be coming on the next move until you get there. If someone wants to do them in order of difficulty, it could be done simply by going through and doing all the ones first, then the twos, etc. Also while it might not be most helpful to one's own game to experience only what occurs at those critical moments, one can practice through how Fischer actually developed the opportunities for these outrageous moves by checking the entire games out in the back of the book.
While the other more standard problem and instructional books remain important, I wish more like this one were published.