By Irving Chernev
It is a awesome booklet that each chessplayer may still personal. while i used to be undefined, I learn a remark by way of a chess bookseller who pointed out a grasp who had performed via each video game during this ebook in his early life, and had acknowledged what an excellent e-book it used to be. at the start I snorted derisively, yet i made a decision to examine the video games myself. Over a interval of numerous years, I performed via, analyzed, and annotated the 1st 800 or so video games within the e-book. I additionally turned a grasp, and this ebook is an important a part of the explanation why.
Chernev enjoyed chess, and stated that he had most likely performed over extra chess video games than an individual in historical past. (This booklet used to be released in 1954, lengthy ahead of the times of chess databases, or perhaps Chess Informant; Chernev needed to learn via millions of chess books and magazines, a few relatively imprecise, to gather those games.) The video games Chernev has chosen are very wonderful and a few are relatively appealing. The video games are very frivolously annotated by means of Chernev, so for the main half it's as much as the reader to determine the place the loser (and frequently either gamers) went mistaken. cautious learn of the video games within the booklet will acquaint you with virtually each tactical concept there's, and should assist you stay away from error your self, and make the most these of your opponent. I see tactical principles in a short time, and that i imagine this ebook is a part of the explanation why.
Several reviewers have said that the ebook is a dear collector's merchandise nowadays. it truly is certainly attainable to spend so much of cash for it, yet a number of booksellers listed below are promoting it for $13-14. New chess books at the present time expense approximately two times that, and are typically much smaller than this tome, so this ebook is kind of a cut price. i purchased the paperback over 30 years in the past while it used to be nonetheless in print. a number of pages got here unfastened through the years. i have on account that acquired one other paperback and a hardcover replica of the e-book, copied my unique annotations into the paperback, and given away my unique dog-eared paperback to a pal. i could not endure to throw out any replica of a e-book for which i've got such affection!
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Meanwhile, White can put great pressure on the queenside by ttJc3, ~fbl and in some cases a5. In addition, he has better prospects in the centre and can even expand on the kingside at some point should it come to that, in order to open a second front. c5 (D) No mystery here: Black puts his bishop on a natural square and prepares ... c6. 4 ttJf3 The obvious 4 b4leads to a variety of unique positions; for example, 4 ... d4 (4 ... f8!? is also played - the third move with the bishop and it's back home!
Nezhmetdinov is appropriately aggressive, but 10... lbce5! h6!. White's life looks very difficult in that case. 11 lbg3?! Better is the fearless 11 g3! lbce5 !? 12 gxM lbf3+ 13 ~dl lbxf2+ 14 'it>c2 lbxd2 15 'it>xd2 lbxhl 16 ~xhl is hard to assess) 12 f4 lbce5! 13 0-0 lbxd3 141i'xd3 (D). B Now Black manages to get his vaunted central break in: 14 ... , although 15 lba4! (preventing ... ~b6+, which would be the reply to 15 cxd5 or 15 e5) 15 ... f5 19 1lVd4+ 1i'f6 is only equal. lbgeS?! Again, a well-motivated move that has a variety of ideas including ...
Dxc4! 10 dxc4 e4 is awkward for White) 9... txf6 ~xf6 and the game is level. te7 4 d4 d6 S e4 This is the most ambitious and consistent move, grabbing space and preventing ... e4, which might otherwise be a problem. S••• ltJf6 Black develops as quickly as possible and forces the pace. 5 ... c6!? 6ltJxe7 'iVxe7 (D) is thought to be inferior, perhaps incorrectly. Now White should stay away from 7ltJf3?! td3 exd4 9 ltJxd4 d5!. Likewise, 7 dxe5?! dxe5 is not to be recommended, as Black's d4 outpost is a more important positional factor than any other on the board.
1000 Best Short Games of Chess by Irving Chernev