Archive for Reviews

Review: The Magic Tactic of Mikhail Tal
Saturday, January 19, 2013 16:35
Mikhail Tal would have been 76 years old if the 8th World Champion hadn't passed away, way too young, on June 28th, 1992. It's more than justified that one of the strongest annual tournaments is held in his name – it is this name that still sounds magical after all those years. A new book about him was recently published: The Magic Tactic of...
Tukmakov and Browne – a tale of two worlds
Friday, December 07, 2012 15:44
Recently two auto-biographies have seen the light, both by grandmasters of world class who were close to, but did not make it to the absolute world top. This is very interesting in itself, because of course there are more players than just the world elite who have a story to tell. Moreover, here you might detect more new or revealing facts than in...
The Alterman Gambit Guide - Black Gambits 2
Thursday, November 15, 2012 9:30
After having enjoyed immensely reading the first volume in the Black Gambit series, I couldn’t wait for GM Boris Alterman’s repertoire book featuring the starting moves 1.e4 e5, covered in the second volume. His contagious style of writing, profound explanations and high-level analysis made me more curious about his view on variations which are...
Judit Polgar Teaches Chess 1
Monday, October 15, 2012 16:49
When I first heard that Judit Polgar had published a new book in which she analyzes her early chess games (until 1991), I was more than just intrigued: I was thrilled. Judit Polgar’s genius was at the heart of my early interest for chess, culminating in her visits to Amsterdam, in 1989 and 1990, to the OHRA chess tournaments, where she was hailed...
Mayhem in the Morra!
Thursday, August 16, 2012 22:16
The world can be divided into two kinds of people: those who finish one book before starting another, and those who read multiple books during the same period of time. Belonging to the second category myself, I wasn’t much surprised by the feeling of serendipity I experienced while reading Imagine, Jonah Lehrer’s new book on creativity, together...
A Strategic Chess Opening Repertoire for White
Monday, August 06, 2012 23:45
Opening repertoire books are normally best avoided, but when John Watson attempts the genre, it’s time to give it another try. As I picked up Watson’s A Strategic Chess Opening Repertoire for White and noticed he happens to cover a surprisingly large part of my own repertoire as White, I decided it was time for a serious review. John Watson, best...
Move First, Think Later
Saturday, July 28, 2012 14:15
The book Move first, think later, written by Dutch IM Willy Hendriks, seems to be the talk of the town at the moment. "In this book IM and experienced chess trainer Willy Hendriks presents a wealth of valuable, no-nonsense training material that will rock the chess instruction establishment," says publisher New in Chess. IM Arthur van de...
Review: Grandmaster versus Amateur | From Rocky Balboa to Ulysses
Friday, June 01, 2012 13:50
Quality Chess has launched a new book titled Grandmaster versus Amateur, which interestingly enough uses the same successful concept as two earlier publications (Experts on The Sicilian and Experts on the Anti-Sicilian): the book is a collection of essays by various grandmasters. Obviously, this time the grandmasters are no evident experts on a...
Review: Advanced Chess Tactics
Monday, May 21, 2012 13:52
Self-improvement is nowadays mainly focused on learning new openings with the aid of databases. Young people especially tend to neglect studying other parts of our royal game, which might result in fundamental shortcomings. Lev Psakhis insists that a mastery of tactics is an invaluable strength for a competitive chess player. Psakhis is a well-...
GM Stuart Conquest on Averbakh's Centre-Stage and Behind the Scenes (Part 2)
Tuesday, May 01, 2012 23:12
I seldom review chess books. To review a chess book one has to read it - at least, I always do - and this immediately presents a problem, for what if the book is no good? In that case one's time is doubly wasted, for not only has one read a worthless book, but afterwards one is obliged to write about it. In such unhappy circumstances there is no...