Most Amazing Chess Moves of All Times (Anglais) Broché – 12 juin 2000
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And lately, it seems I have been bashing books - my reviews have generated a lot of e-mail - some has been rather negative. But I am always honest, and I always try to point out any flaws or mistakes that I find. As the man says: "I call 'em the way I see 'em."
So it is with a great deal of pure joy that I tell you ... I LOVED THIS BOOK!!
(In fact, I have created several new web pages ... just with the material that this book contains. With a search engine, you should find it easily.)
This book is NOT perfect; I have found quite a few errors. For example: on page # 168, (second column); the note after move after move 35.Ne6, the author gives: "Also losing is 35.Rdb1, Nh3+; 36.Ke1," etc. BUT 35...Nh3 is NOT the best move. (35...Ne4 is MUCH better.) In fact, ...Nh3 is NOT even check!! <giggle>
And I do not entirely approve of the author's "Top Ten." #1 is from a game where the loser said it was, "one of the worst games he ever played." (But all losers might say this!) His number five is almost an exact copy, (in type, AND theme); to his number one. And on it goes. Games from lesser-known players, games of questionable content, moves that are NOT even real double-exclams. (Real mistakes are the lack of some simple, thorough player and position indexes.)
BUT!!!! All these are minor quibbles, really. (The author covers this ground in his intro.) Consider all the really FANTASTIC THINGS that this book offers:
# 1.) 200 of the BEST - and most astounding - chess moves ever played;
# 2.) EVERY phase of the game is covered. (Opening, middle-game, end-game.);
# 3.) Some really GREAT analysis, I estimate the author worked at least a year on this book. The analysis of some of the moves (alone) ... is worth the price of the book! The author holds NOTHING back!! In one of the examples, the author points out things like themes, recurring tactics, and opening traps!!
Chess IS tactics. And this book is really all about tactics. And there are no easy ones in here. I had my daughter pick about 30 problems at random. Half of these I knew, they are from fairly well-known chess games. But of the ones I did not already know the answer to, I correctly solved only three problems!! (I don't count problems where I guessed the solutions.) If a Master needs to work on this area, how about you?
At last - a FUN book, that if used intelligently - will help you get better at chess. And once you have spent some time with this book, you will have a smile almost as big as mine! Outstanding!!
1) amazing moves are a subjective matter. Or as the author himself puts it one mans meat is another mans poison. Solutions the author labeled as being brilliant I did not find particularly impressive on certain occasions.
2) Some of these are ultra famous. for example 21, 22, 175, 176, 14.
3) could have been a larger book. 200 positions isn't many. Perhaps the author may want to augment the book with 50 positions in a later edition.
that said I loved the book and some of my favorite ones are 4, 7, 10 23, 52 67, and 76. Also my favorite position thus far was 185, I thought that it was one of the most beautiful combinations I've ever seen. In puzzle 7 there are alternative variations the author did not give. These are 1)e6 f6 2)exd7 kd8 3)dxc8 (Q) kxc8 4) Qx f8 Kc7 5)Qd6+ kc8 6) Qd8# also 1) e6 f6 2) exd7 Bxd7 3) Re1 +Kd8 4) Qxf8+ Kc7 5) Bf4 +Kc6 6) Qc5 # or 5) ...Kb6 6)Qc5+ Ka6 7) Qa5 # and Finally. 1)e6 f6 2) exd7 Nxd7 3) Re1+ Kd8 4) Qe7 + Kc7 5)Qd6+ Kd8 6) Qxf8 + Kc7 7) Qd6 + Kd8 8)Bxf6+ Qxf6 9) Qxf6+ Kc7 10) Qd6+ Kd8 11) Re7 also if 3)...Ne5 4)Rxe5 fxe5 5)Qe7# (I figured those lines out by myself). also A.J. Goldsby I... claimed that, "there are no easy ones here". However, that is an incorrect claim. Certain positions like # 10 or 13 are relatively easy while others such as # 181 are suitable for 2700 + players (indeed, I distinctly felt that I could never find such a move).