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Player: Canada  dsuttles Subject: The space on your bookshelf

2014-02-11 02:19:54
Is there a book you would like to own, but do not?

Or an e-book?

Is it a luxury edition? A manual? A biography? A classic? Something that has piqued your interest in the forums or a review somewhere? Please tell us.
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31Canada  dsuttles2014-02-19 15:21:35
Special challenge for Baggy_Gee only...

My Great Predecessors is a swish five volume set in hard back. But there is space on your bookshelf for only one volume. Which is it to be?

Part I : Adolf Anderssen, Paul Morphy, Wilhelm Steinitz, Emanuel Lasker, José Raúl Capablanca, and Alexander Alekhine.

Part II : Max Euwe, Mikhail Botvinnik, Vasily Smyslov, and Mikhail Tal.

Part III : Tigran Petrosian and Boris Spassky.

Part IV : Samuel Reshevsky, Miguel Najdorf, Bent Larsen and Bobby Fischer.

Part V :Victor Korchnoi and Anatoly Karpov.

32Canada  dsuttles2014-02-20 08:39:55
Interesting post. Probably makes it hard for you to narrow down which book you do not own but wish you did.

33Australia  Baggy_Gee2014-02-21 06:27:21
Part 1. Because it has been said that Capablanca had the raw talent to dominate the world but Alekhine put the work in and did, and as has been discussed I think that the old guard were rather incredible. But part 5 is just as tempting to see how Kasparov treats his most tenacious opponet in Karpov.

34Canada  dsuttles2014-02-21 11:05:17
Ah, Lehrbuch des Schachspiels ...

Strangely, the 1947 first edition of the English translation has a space marked \'Reserved\' on my own bookshelf.

The final three sections do it for me: Position Play, The Aesthetic Effect in Chess, and Final Reflections. If you didn\'t know how to play chess, it would still be worth reading.

Nice choice, Windmill. I think I would be too scared to own the 1925 first edition, in case I didn\'t look after it properly.

35Canada  dsuttles2014-02-21 11:28:04
Here\'s a good quote, Baggy Gee:

\'It must be clearly understood that Soviet players do not seek simple systems in the opening, but try to formulate opening systems in which everything is complicated, distinctive, or new.\'

- Mikhail Botvinnik

(And he taught Kasparov!)

36Canada  dsuttles2014-02-21 12:47:01
Hm, 1932... That signed copy in your bureau is the very one I was thinking of. I declined a chance to own it once, for the same reason I would be scared to own a 1925 first edition. Wise move. I came home a couple of years later to find my front garden churned up and black. No chess books or house, just tyre marks where the fire engines had been and left.

37United  pipesharp2014-02-22 01:52:15
the book about Nezhmedtinov in the original Russion.

38Australia  bobrich182014-02-24 10:58:30
dsuttles has just invited me to mention some good reading. Nothing to do with chess, but look around at http://wp.me/P3Xihq-1 and select the \"Bob\'s Books\" link.


39Canada  dsuttles2014-02-24 11:25:08
Bob is seeking reviews = D

40Canada  dsuttles2014-02-24 11:32:02


простой казанский сирота

Нежметдинов - Таль
Баку 1961

41United  pipesharp2014-02-25 01:39:24
In reply to dsuttles:
!. Thank you!

2. Are the \"dsuttles\" of rat fame?

42United  pipesharp2014-02-25 01:49:20
2. Should be: Are you the \"dsuttles\" of \"rat\" fame?

43Canada  dsuttles2014-02-25 10:45:13

44Canada  dsuttles2014-02-25 10:59:31
I was flying home for Christmas once, so I decided to treat myself to a non-chess read. So I bought \'Bobby Fischer Goes to War\'. The guy I buy my chess books from recommended it, and he doesn\'t play chess. It\'s really good, not only for its take on the Wild West, but for its insights into Boris Spassky and the entire Soviet chess scene.

45Australia  Baggy_Gee2014-02-25 11:54:54
That is why I like \"mortal games\" as it is an insiders view of Kasparov\'s preperation leading up to the 1990 world Championship and is the reason that I would like to see Kasparov\'s treatment of Karpov.

46United  pipesharp2014-02-28 01:21:55
I tried so many times to play the modern but could never get the hang of it. Which is curious because I do alright with the king\'s indian. But my hat is off to you for winning so many games with it.

47Canada  dsuttles2014-03-01 10:49:04
(The challenge is on to find an equivalent system for White.)

48United  pipesharp2014-03-05 01:23:32
Yes, Windmill I have it. But at the time I wasn\'t good enough to use it.

49United  pipesharp2014-03-08 01:36:14
Well Windmill I will another look at that book. I also dig out my copy of the 1974 Nice Olympiad book. I think there is a game titled \"Wipe Out from the Wings\" ...

50Canada  dsuttles2014-03-12 14:04:31
I don\'t know which sounds the more awesome, that \'74 Wipeout from the Wings or Raymond Keene\'s \'The Modern Defence\'.

51Canada  dsuttles2014-03-21 08:13:15
What is the best book ever written on any other single opening system?

52Canada  dsuttles2014-03-21 16:44:48
“Chess books should be used as we use glasses: to assist the sight, although some players make use of them as if they thought they conferred sight”

- Jose Raul Capablanca

I wonder what books he read?

53Canada  HenriDeToi2014-03-23 16:52:23
Yogi Berra: In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

54Canada  dsuttles2014-03-30 08:13:52
Magnus Carlsen\'s recommended read:

Vladimir Karmnik, \'My Life and Games\'


55United  pipesharp2014-03-31 22:34:18
In response to Mr. Suttles question: \"The Rat\" by Duncan Suttles?

56Canada  dsuttles2014-04-19 03:33:49
Chief editor of ChessTV, Russian WGM Anna Burtasova, talks here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ab2trGXekwc&feature=share(from 5 hrs 15 mins 25 secs) - about managing your personal life, career, and the parallels between coaching and motivational psychology in chess and tennis.

She is wowed by Andre Agassi\'s autobiography \'Open\' and recommends it for all chess players, especially those at higher levels.

57Canada  dsuttles2014-04-19 03:42:56
For the special room in your house


58Canada  dsuttles2014-05-01 04:03:08

\'Sitzfleisch: a term used in chess to indicate winning by use of the glutei muscles--the habit of remaining stolid in one\'s seat hour by hour, making moves that are sound but uninspired, until one\'s opponent blunders through boredom.\'

- \'My One Contribution to Chess\' Frank Vigor Morley, Chess Notes, Faber & Faber (1947). His dad beat Lasker.

59Canada  dsuttles2014-06-02 13:29:30
\'In the tiny Russian province of Kalmykia, obsession with chess has reached new heights. Its leader, a charismatic and eccentric millionaire/ex--car salesman named Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, is a former chess prodigy and the most recent president of FIDE, the world\'s controlling chess body. Despite credible allegations of his involvement in drug running, embezzlement, and murder, the impoverished Kalmykian people have rallied around their leader\'s obsession---chess is played on Kalmykian prime-time television and is compulsory in Kalmykian schools. In addition, Kalmyk women have been known to alter their traditional costumes of pillbox hats and satin gowns to include chessboard-patterned sashes.\'

- Amazon blurb on \'The Chess Artist: Genius, Obsession, and the World\'s Oldest Game\' by J.C.Hallman.

Flawed chess book by someone who isn\'t sure what colour the e4 square is. The meeting with Ilyumzhinov is illuminating. A nice companion if you are following Kasparov\'s FIDE presidential challenge.

60Canada  dsuttles2014-08-22 15:40:30
@ #49, 50

\'In order to improve your game, you must study the endgame before everything else, for whereas the the endings can be studied and mastered by themselves, the middle game and the opening must be studied in relation to the endgame.\'

- Jose Raul Capablanca

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