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Love book - source of knowledge.
Part 2.

Hi, dear bibliophiles!

Long was an interval from the moment of issue of the previous review. But amateur chess players and professionals the more had no tedious time!

There died out for awhile the trumpet of the triumphal chess Olympiad in Bled where the our chess female team was accompanied by huge success!

The men accustomed us already to their achievements long ago! Let us return however to books which, as is known, remain the only reliable source of knowledge! I suggest continuing our acquainting with educational literature.

Three books, which cover all stages of chess game, begin from the one word "The School..."

Two books "The School of the middlegame" and "The School of the ending" appeared from under J.L.Awerbach's pen after a long creative interval.

The first of them, an original methodical edition, is devoted to the most difficult and interesting stage of a chess game. The author has chosen the most principal important what should permit amateurs chessplayers to solve problems successfully over chessboard. Here is what the author himself writes in the foreword. "Our main conclusion which makes easier the understanding of essence of struggle on a chess board, - despite many most various situations arising in middle of game, is the following: the effective methods of attack which lead to success are two only, a combined attack and double stroke. Mastering these two methods, ability to prepare and to prevent them, actually, determines the power of a chessplayer." So, the author tried to make us familiar with these methods and also to consolidate the knowledge obtained after deciding the proposed exercises in this small manual.

J.L.Awerbach, a reputed on the ending, made an attempt in another book to eneralize the needed volume of knowledge for competent playing of endings. The book material is given from simple to complex." The author pays reader's attention to the fact that "amateur chessplayers who begin from detailed studying of openings to the detriment of chess general knowledge become similar to high education specialists without middle school..." In other words, opening achievements prove to be really impossible sometimes due to absence of accurate ending technique. The first section familiarizes with "principal concepts (ideas) and elementary endings." and is addressed to beginners only. The book section "The methodical course of ending" is just intended for those who wants to advance their ending technique. It familiarizes with basic theory of various endings, which are most all met in practice. The volume offered contains the very minimum of knowledge, principal methods, typical plans and theoretical positions. Its studying will be useful for both amateur chessplayer and expert chessplayer.

In his last book A.S.Suetin, unfortunately having passed out of life not so long ago, states forth the methods of studying an initial stage of the chess game, its principles, the main ideas in open, semi-closed and closed openings. And he shows as well how the game from an opening goes into the middle game, and sometimes into the ending. However, Alexey Stepanovich himself who has written many books on openings reveals his task in such words: "the general picture of initial stage of the game is to be presented on the basis of practical experience." There are three chapters in the book. The first contains elementary knowledge, and is addressed to beginning and amateur chessplayers. In the second chapters "The ways of developing the openings theory" the author shows how to work at different typical positions, how to choose an opening system for himself and also to deeply study its ideas as well with the use of classical examples. The third chapter deals with the problems of teaching by trainers an openings theory to ELO-chessplayers. A method of "dogmatic umeritical reading" is condemned, that is an openings cramming. It is bad and little use. Studying of typical opening positions is offered, their connection with the middle game and ending. All the books contain not only the material for studying positions, but practical tasks for consolidating the knowledge obtained. In one word, each book adds up to and continues further the other.

I would like to offer you still two other books of quite different profile. However these completely different works (one would think) are characterized by the following peculiarity: it shows an impressive volume of the gathered material, them also their encyclopedic quality! The book by V. and I.Linders, researchers in the history of chess with many years of experience named "The Kings of the chess World" have already succeeded in winning the recognition of amateurs' chessplayers and collectors. The splendid edition of album format contains almost 1000 (!) pages chess history; beginning from F.Filidor up to G.Kasparov and V.Kramnik. Much can be spoken of this wonderful book, a genuine well of useful and needed information. But it is much simpler to familiarize oneself with it.

The work "Encyclopaedia of openings blunders" by Anatoly Matsukevich a researcher in the field of short games was issued quite recently, nearly a month ago. 4000 chess miniatures with a number of not more than 12-13 moves were collected on 800 pages. The well-known chess writer collected and systematized the games according to openings, and accompanied them with remarks (the international symbols). It is curious to know that the chess games are placed in the book quite like in the most popular Yugoslavian "Informator" from index A00 to E99! The text where it is requited is duplicated in English and German languages. The book is the original and useful manuals in playing out an opening.

I remind you traditionally that practically any book you may buy in our virtual shop on "BS-CHESS" site. The range of books is replenished constantly, the system of sorting out is optimized. Our popularity growing, we cut prices steadily widening a geographic circle of our buyers.

Our "BS-CHESS" site follows the fate of our St.Petersburg trainer and chessplayer Dmitry Shchukin who had hard trauma of face and spine at the Russian Junior Championship in Dagomys. On his behalf and from me personally I thank all responsive people who offered moral support and material aid at a moment complicated and hard for his health. After vertebral spine operation having been made in May his health improved substantially. At the Memorial Tournament name after M.I.Chigorin (B group) in St.Petersburg D.Shchukin won together with rival the first prize. Greeting Dmitry with this achievement we wish him further successes in future and courage at a recurrent facial operation in the nearest time to come.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, dear chess book-lovers and chessfriends!

На верхupdate 18-01-2003 

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