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Soviet Chess 1917-1991 (Anglais) Relié – 31 décembre 1999


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Soviet Chess 1917-1991 This large and magnificent work of art is both an interpretive history of Soviet chess from the Bolshevik Revolution to the collapse of the U.S.S.R. in 1991 and a record of the most interesting games played. The text traces the phenomenal growth of chess from the days of the revolution to the devastation of World War II, and then from the Golden Age of Soviet-dominated chess in the 1950s to the ch... Full description



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A fascinating look at chess history 5 juin 2000
Par Joseph Reis - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
This book offers a fascinating historical account of chess in the Soviet Union. While it does contain lots of game scores with light annotations by the author, the book is more historical than instructional. The book gives a detailed account of the evolution of Soviet chess from the basement of a small house in Moscow just after the revolution, to a national fascination that would dominate the world scene. All throughout the book there is a strong emphasis on the connection between chess and politics in the USSR. A great read for history buffs.
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Well-researched and interesting history of Soviet Chess 21 mai 2001
Par Dr. J. Sarfati - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
GM Soltis has produced a fine work here, just like his biography of Frank Marshall, as well as his 70s book "The Younger Soviet School of Chess" (more than can be said for his opening books alas). He covers chess in the Soviet Union from the October Revolution to the Union's demise.
Soltis covers the inauspicious beginnings of Soviet chess, largely due to the whims of Krylenko, the much feared Soviet prosecutor. There were bad setbacks at first, particularly the defections of Alekhine and Bogolyubov, the outclassing of the leading Russians (albeit of a pre-revolonary generation) by the best Westerners at the great Moscow 1925 tournament (of course, apart from the soon-to-defect Bogolyubov), to the rise of Botvinnik to world class.
By the end of WW2, Soviet strength had grown enormously, but was almost unknown in the West. The West realized it soon enough with the Soviets' drubbing of the USA team, victors in the four previous Olympiad. Then Botvinnik convincingly captured the World Title, and the Soviets held it ever since apart from the three-year reign of Fischer.
Soltis also covers the horrors of Communist Russia, showing that even chessmasters were not immune from Stalin's paranoia. Even Krylenko met the fate he had handed out to so many others. The "Great Patriotic War" also took a terrible toll, including Iljin Genevsky, and Romanovsky's first wife and all their daughters. Soltis speculates on the effects of the Soviet oppression on the character of many of its grandmasters.
There is a good collection of lightly annotated games, many unknown but still high quality. At the end, there's even a guide to pronouncing Russian names, which may surprise many, but on the ones I've heard pronounced by native Russian speakers, Soltis provides an accurate guide as far as is possible with the Latin alphabet.
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milestone 7 juillet 2001
Par Garik Tal - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Soltis and Mcfarland realized a great work. Soviet chess is an historical topic of absolute interest for chess players and not. Soltis keeps a good balance between historical/anecdotical facts and chess facts. the price is high but correct: hardcover, good paper, many photopgraphs.
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Soviet chess 7 janvier 2008
Par neocog - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Soltis does an excellent job in this work. This book is much realistic than the Soviet Chess School which is pure propaganda - other than the fact that it has very realistic caricatures of soviet chess players.
Soltis has done some excellent research into the games and player history. A must read.
My "perfect" (almost) chess book 12 août 2015
Par madlibrarian - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I'm more of a chess/game historian than player. I play so poorly that the pieces spontaneously disintegrate rather than let me move them. But I'm fascinated by how games inhabit society and politics, and on that end this is a vital book, although I'd have liked more about--to use a good Marxist phrase--how the "base" approached chess, rather than the "superstructure" (the grandmasters and apparatchiks). This aspect I'd like to see more of is most apparent in the early chapters, about how chess became a craze.

That said, I love it; I'm not sure how much better your game will be by reading this, but if you as a chess player are curious about the world of chess, not just the moves of chess, do read this.
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