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Superbes commentaires de Kasparov sur les pionniers du jeu, avec une analyse nouvelle de parties déjà connues, revisitées par l'ordinateur et maître Gary. Malgré les améliorations trouvées, Kasparov témoigne d'un grand respect pour ses ainés, et d'une imagination fertile, parfois, pour enjoliver l'histoire, connue ou réinventée! Un must.
Incontournable. Kasparov revisite l'histoire du jeu et les précurseurs. Grâce aux techniques modernes (ordinateurs et logiciels) il propose de nombreuses améliorations sur des parties jugées "parfaites". Curieusement, il témoigne néamoins d'un grand respect pour ses illustres prédecesseurs.L'histoire du jeu est également revisitée, de manière moins scientifique mais trés agréable; quand il manque de données, Gary fait appel à son imagination débordante!
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A Good Book for Your Library29 septembre 2003
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My father bought me this book (thanks, Dad!) while I was in California recently. I wanted to share some thoughts with you from my experience as both a teacher and a student of Chess. I'm about 100-150 pages into it, and I like this book. It's not for the faint of heart, however, and I haven't delved into much of the analysis and variations because I simply don't have the time. However, the book is quite readable, and Kasparov's effort of putting the games in context with a history and description of many of the many players and events surrounding the world champions is a welcome relief from the monotony of page after page of annotations and "informant" symbols found in comparable books of this level. It should be noted however, that this book is not for junior students. In fact, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone under 1600 (perhaps even 1800), simply because there are other books out there that do a better job of catering to what junior players need to develop their game. That having been said, anyone who simply plays through the games and reads Kasparov's histories of the various world champions and their matches will be amply rewarded. Some of the features of the book that I like: (1) at the end of each chapter on each world champ, Kasparov summarizes with comments from other world champions regarding that individual. (2) the moves to each game are printed in bold face so that it is much easier to distinguish the actual moves from the analysis. (3) The analysis itself is insightful, and from what I have been able to ascertain, seems to be generally accurate. Of course, one should expect some errors as with any book. I'm not as much interested in variations and lines of analysis as I am in chess wisdom--general observations and maxims which I can put to immediate use--which is why I think that Bronstein's tournament book of Zurich 1953 is perhaps the greatest book on Chess ever written---certainly in the top 5. (4) The language used in On My Great Predecessors is very well-thought-out and it's clear the writer took the time to express his thoughts precisely. My chief reservation regarding this book is that it's difficult to tell what parts of the book Kasparov himself wrote (apart from the numerous "-G.K." quotes). I would like to think that Kasparov himself did a large part of the writing and analysis, or failing that, that he at least reviewed the analysis. It seems that the latter is true, although it's hard to confirm to what extent Kasparov himself was actually involved in the preparation of the text. It would have been nice if Kasparov's involvement had been clarified somewhere in the book. From the opening chapter where the author gives a one- or two-paragraph summary of each world champion, the author uses first person ("I see my style as...") when describing Garry Kasparov, suggesting that this paragraph (and perhaps that entire chapter) was written by Kasparov; however in the rest of the book the author attributes numerous quotes, including game analysis quotes, to Kasparov. A comparatively minor issue is to what extent computers were involved in the analysis. A computer double-check is a good thing to have; however, anyone can load crafty or Chess Tiger on his PC and get good analysis from these 2600+ computer programs. In fact, the latest versions of Shredder are now over 2800! So when I buy chess books, I'm not looking for computer analysis but rather the insight---in English, not Informant symbols---which is unique to world-class players writing these books. However, it would have been good to see at least a blurb as to how computers were used in the analysis (e.g. what program, version, hardware, etc.). In summary, from what I've seen so far, the book is destined to become a part of any Chess library, as important as the ECO's or ECE's. Once the whole three-volume set is out, it will probably become a standard reference work. I look forward to future volumes and editions. Thomas K...
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Different recommendations for different audiences18 octobre 2004
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If you are very serious and/or accomplished in your chess, say, rated 2000 (US) or above, stop reading this review and buy every book in the Great Predecessors series.
If you rated between , say, 1400 and 1999, you will have difficulty plugging through the analysis (Kasparov is sparse in giving explanation; rather focusing on giving additional analysis instead of explaining the analysis he already gave) , especially if you expect Kasparov to lead you by the hand through his analysis. He doesn't do that. But even studying the main lines of the games is instructive. Only examining the lines with minimal variations and/or paragraph explanations would also be indicated.
If you are rated between 0 and 1399, or are a casual player, the annotations in this book will be beyond you. Even still, playing over the games, examining only textual annotation (omit all variations, unless very short; 2 or 3 moves) , will be helpful.
As a review of chess history, this is a delightful read for all ages and abilities.
Kasparov's series of books is essentially the history of chess, given through the lives, careers, and games of its greatest players (the world champions) and the best players of the various eras never to have won the world championship. (Tarrasch, Nimzowitsch, Chigorin in this book, for example.)
As chess books go, this is an expensive book. This should be mentioned, and I don't think many other reviewers have mentioned that.
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Great book13 août 2004
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Don't listen to the critics. Don't even ignore them! (Samuel Goldwyn).
For any chess fan, you MUST own this collection of books. Kasparov's love of chess and chess history comes through like a beacon in the writing.
I love chess, and am a 2100 player, but let's face it, READING the words in chess books is usually a big bore. This one (and volume 2), I read over and over again. It's one of the few chess books that one can read for the words, not just the games.
And I love his verbal descriptions of the games; the games literally come to life in my mind, battles between 2 human beings, not just abstract moves on a chess board. This is the true value of the book. Kasparov has captured the human element of the history of chess, like no other chess writer before him. The critics have completely missed this aspect of the writing, preferring instead to concentrate on an error in analysis twelve moves deep into the third side variation.
Errors in analysis? I'm sure. Big deal. Anyone looking for final truth, take up philosophy and religion not chess.
Kasparov didn't write it all? Who cares? Maybe the maid wrote some of it. Whoever wrote it did a darned fabulous job!
Some eccentric opinions? Hey, I lived through the age of Fischer (and the borough he came from), so there's no way Kasparov can take the claim of tops in eccentricity. And anyway, does anyone expect anything else from a chessplayer? It's part of the romance of the chess culture. If you want dry, noncontroversial statements, go listen to a politician, don't come to the chessworld.
To sum up, BUY THIS BOOK. I cannot see a chess fan being disappointed, especially given the reasonable price. I can't wait for the future volumes to come out.
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Instant Classic ... or just a lot of "hoop-la?"16 septembre 2003
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First I should let you know that I am a chess master ... and that I have made my income mostly from chess for over 10 years now. I also have one of the world's biggest and best private (chess) web sites. (Many of my long reviews are posted there.) This is a widely acclaimed book, it has generated a lot of fervor in the press. I have had the book now for almost a month; it is no exaggeration to say that I could not put it down for the first two weeks or so. I should inform you that it is an unfortunate fact of life that most of the (chess) books coming out of the old/former Soviet Union are "ghost-written" by minor players, trainers, etc. And if you check the dust-jacket, you will see that D. Plisetsky (and friends?) had a large hand in writing this book. And we are never really sure how much of the writing here is actually Garry Kasparov's work. I hate to say it, but this book is positively riddled with errors. Kingston, Winter, and others have already pointed out numerous errors in their book reviews on the Internet - there is no need for me to delve into them here. (Except for the fact that Morphy did NOT "settle" in New York, as the authors here claim.) There are also MANY analytical errors, I found some in nearly every game that I examined!! For example: Take the game Pillsbury - Lasker; Cambridge Springs, 1904. After the move 21...Qc5!; we find the note: "But not 21...Rc8; 22.Qd4, Bc6; 23.Rxf6+!" The move ...Rc8; is one of the main tries here for Black. But 22.Qd4? is probably the SECOND or THIRD best move here. And 22...Bc6?? is simply a terrible move, it changes the computer's evaluations - FOR THE WORSE - by at least 5-to-10 points! (Forced was 22...Qd5; or even 22...Rxc4.) In fact the analysis of this encounter is SO bad, I only have to assume that the computer was not used ... or was turned off! (The publisher's website tells us every single move was meticulously computer checked, Kasparov himself affirms this in the intro/forward of this book.) There are many other problems with this book as well. I would have expected to see all the best games of the four World Champions examined in detail - but this is not the case. Many of their losses are examined as well. In some cases you could say that the author was simply trying to be fair and that we are trying to get a balanced look at these players strengths and weaknesses. But in other cases, (Tchigorin - Gunsberg); I can find no relevant rationale for the inclusion of these games ... except that in many cases, these are famous games, and the author simply wanted to take a whack at them! (A definite lack of focus in a volume of this size.) Another major gaffe in a book of this size is NO bibliography. We may only scratch our heads and wonder at the author's sources. There are also ... TOO MANY QUESTION MARKS!!! I often wondered if Garry is even capable of being fair and objective - especially as concerns these older games. (How many of these new moves would have been discovered at all - except for the invention of the computer?) By now, you might be thinking I hated this book. I actually liked it a lot. But I am just not sure if I can recommend this book to the average chess player, with the number of flaws that I know it contains. It is a real pity too, as with a little more work and some careful editing, this could have been a real landmark of chess literature.
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A magnificent book not to be missed.8 août 2003
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I'm not usually given to writing rave reviews, and of course this book has its "errors and omissions," but what great book or piece of artwork does not? I have had this book for about a week now and find it very hard to put down. The story is gripping and the game annotations are brilliantly insightful. If you ever wonder why you waste so much time on chess when you are never going to be a professional, read this book. It is a timeless work of art. The time you have spent developing your ability to understand and appreciate both the artistry and sporting element of chess is rewarded with a book like this. It is also a far better book for "club players" than yet another "author's best games" collection full of complex modern games that most of us can't hope to really comprehend and get much out of. Though if Kasparov annotates his games in the future volumes in the same manner as the game annotations in this volume, we will be in for something very special. I have also read some of the nit-picking criticisms (including those of Kingston and Winter) posted on the web and, in my opinion, they completely miss the forest for the trees. Who really cares whether Capa's wife was actually at his bedside or outside the hospital when he died (other than his wife of course!)? It certainly wouldn't change the main thread of the story one iota. Nothing I saw in their criticisms would have made much if any difference to the book. They treat the book as an academic history, but it is not. It is a book for chess players and chess fans, not academics, and on that front it succeeds brilliantly. A little poetic license seems justified in making a story about chess players playing chess so gripping! The same can be said of the criticisms of the annotations. The witty, opinionated, personal insights of Kasparov are, in my mind, of far more value than anything anyone else can come up with, even if they run Fritz until doomsday. The only problems I have with the book are: 1) I don't have GK's personal signature on my copy (!), and 2) I can't wait to get my paws on parts 2, 3 ... Compare this book with Euwe's book on The Development of Chess Style and you will understand what a great book this is. If I were stranded on a desert island, Kasparov's book is the one I would want with me.