By Irving Chernev
It is a incredible ebook that each chessplayer may still personal. whilst 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 publication in his adolescence, and had stated what an excellent booklet it used to be. initially 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 ebook. I additionally turned a grasp, and this booklet is an important a part of the explanation why.
Chernev enjoyed chess, and acknowledged that he had most likely performed over extra chess video games than an individual in heritage. (This ebook was once released in 1954, lengthy earlier than the times of chess databases, or perhaps Chess Informant; Chernev needed to learn via hundreds of thousands of chess books and magazines, a few fairly vague, to gather those games.) The video games Chernev has chosen are very pleasing and a few are fairly attractive. The video games are very evenly annotated by way of Chernev, so for the main half it truly is as much as the reader to determine the place the loser (and frequently either avid gamers) went fallacious. cautious examine of the video games within the ebook will acquaint you with essentially each tactical inspiration there's, and should assist you keep away from blunders your self, and take advantage of these of your opponent. I see tactical rules in a short time, and that i imagine this booklet is a part of the explanation why.
Several reviewers have acknowledged that the booklet is an expensive 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 price approximately two times that, and tend to be much smaller than this tome, so this e-book is kind of a cut price. i purchased the paperback over 30 years in the past whilst it used to be nonetheless in print. a number of pages got here unfastened through the years. i have for the reason that acquired one other paperback and a hardcover replica of the publication, copied my unique annotations into the paperback, and given away my unique dog-eared paperback to a pal. i could not undergo to throw out any reproduction of a publication for which i've got such affection!
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A6–b5 30. b3–b2 ❇ ❘ ◆ ◗ ◗ ❘ ❘ 21. b4–c4! But this is much better! On 21. . , ×b2; 22. a2 looks strong, since 22. . , f6 23. b5 simultaneously puts pressure on c7 and prepares b5–d4. GM Dorfman, GK’s trainer for a decade, thinks that now 21. . k. for Black. Most of Karpov’s confidence has disappeared after c4. Is 21. . , c8 good enough for Black? On 22. b1 Dorfman suggested 22. . , c6! which will life back to Blacks b7. And one might argue the other way round: If not 21. . , c8, how then is b7 supposed to get to a6?
B4–b5 ◆ ◆ Surprise! The whole world has been analysing 41. e7 (and 41. b6). “It’s probably a draw now” says Alburt. 41. a8–a1+ 42. b1–c2 b3–c5 43. f7×g7 h8×g7 44. f2×d4+ e8–e5 45. d4×e5+ d6×e5 46. b5–b6 a1–g1 47. d5–e3 g1–e1 ❑ ◆ ❑ ◗ ❑ ❑ ❑ ❘ ◗ ◗ ◆ Those eight moves were blitzed out on no time at all. Both Karpov and Kasparov obviously had done their homework well in this endgame. White might very well win Kasparov’s knight for his strong b6-pawn in many lines, but the cost will be his kingside pawn.
D5×c6 f6×d4 25. c3×d4 c8×c6 26. b2–b4 ❘ ❘ ◗ ❘ Rochal turns his thumb down on Karpov’s position. White threatens c2. 30. c6–b7 31. a3–c2 ◆ ◗ ◗ Finally the knight can leave its lair. 31. b7–e7 32. d4–f2 ◗ Vacating the d4 square for his Knight, which then will have made a blitz-promotion. 32. e6–g6 ❘ ◆ ◗ ❘ Putting out bait in troubled waters. Now 33. d4 e5 opens for the trick: 34. a5? c1+ and for the positional 34. . , c4. 33. c2–e3 e7–e5 34. b2–b1 ❘ ◆ ❘ ◗ ❘ That should kill all of Karpov’s hopes for mating on the back rank.