Pawn Power in Chess Review

Pawn Power in Chess Review
Pawn Power in Chess

Hi and welcome to my Pawn Power in Chess review.

Pawn Power in Chess was written by Hans Kmoch and originally published in 1959. This book has over 300 pages and is in 3 parts and 9 chapters. As the title suggests this book is all about pawns and how to use them to your advantage.

Pawns might be the lest talked about piece since it’s value is so small.  You do have 8 of them and they can often work together.  They can also be very strong as passed pawns and protected passed pawns. This book will teach you all the possible pawn positions.  From outside passed pawns, protected passed pawn, pawn duos, pawn trios, pawn quarts, pawn chains, different formations, pawn exchanges, pawn majorities, pawn wedges, pawn isolation, pawn islands, pawn backwardness, pawn shielding, double pawns, pawn centers. This book also covers the relation of the pawns with all the other chess pieces. It will show you how to best use you pawns with each piece. It also covers how to defend against your opponents pawns. There also examples of many different pawn formations ans possible pawn positions.

This book pretty much covers all the pawn formations that can come up during your game. It will really teach you how to handle all the formations and show which ones are the best for you and exactly how to defend against your opponents pawn formations. There is a lot to know about pawns and this book does a good job at covering them.

In conclusion, I would definitely recommend this book. I believe that pawns are a very important aspect of the chess game that is often overlooked.  This book has everything you need to start studying pawns. If you haven’t studied pawns specifically before you can really improve your game with the study of this book.  Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed my Pawn Power in Chess review.

The Greatest Ever Chess Tricks and Traps Review

The Greatest Ever Chess Tricks and Traps Review
The Greatest Ever Chess Tricks and Traps

Hi and welcome to my The Greatest Ever Chess Tricks and Traps review.

This book was written by Gary Lane and published by Everyman Chess in 2008. Gary Lane is an International Master, chess writer and coach.

As the title indicates this book as all about different chess tricks and traps. Almost the entire tricks and traps repertoire from this book concentrate on the openings. There are a few about the middle game but most center around the various types of openings. First of all I would like to say that it might not be the best way to play chess by trying to lure your opponents into traps. It is good to at least understand them in case the opportunity arises. This can also help you see them coming so you are able to avoid the traps yourself. These are clever traps that can literally win or lose you the game.

The traps are in puzzle format with a unique rating system. The ratings are for the risk and reward factors as well as surprise and chance of success. In addition, I find them to be easy enough to learn and go through. The puzzles are all pretty fun and you will find some very interesting traps and tricks along the way. I really like the way the traps and tricks are set up in this book, my one complaint is that the binding is poorly done. This is my second copy and the pages are already starting to come apart, again.

In conclusion, I would say that this book is not necessarily the most instructive chess book. It is a fun book none the less. If you like chess opening traps, this is a good book for you. If you are often losing chess matches because of opening traps you might want to pick this book up too. Just be careful because it tends to be fragile. Thanks for reading and I hope you have enjoyed my The Greatest Ever Chess Tricks and Traps review .

Attack and Counterattack in Chess Review

Attack and Counterattack in Chess Review
Attack and Counter Attack in Chess

Hi and welcome to my Attack and Counterattack in Chess review.

This book was written by Fred Reinfeld and published by Barns and noble in 1954.

It focuses on the attack and counter attack of chess. I believe these to be very important subjects and a great style in which to play. You can clearly see from some of the games how fun  and advantageous it can be to  play in an attacking style of chess.

The book is in 2 main parts. The first one covers the control of the center, exploiting the mobility of your pieces, how to exploit the enemy’s premature opening of the position, exploiting weak pawn moves, errors and irregular defense. In the second part it talks about how to seize the initiative, how to play against gambits, how to defend against powerful attacks, how to seize the attack & how to exploit unusual openings. I believe these are all great subjects to study and are very important especially for an attacking player.

The book might be a bit old but still looks pretty clean. There is about 1 chess diagram per page to help you follow with. The information it teaches is still very current and applicable today.

In conclusion, I would recommend this book because of it’s content. The printing of this book is a little out of date but I think this style of play is really good. This book can help most students really improve their game. This book is for beginners and intermediate players. The information is well presented and you can easily find quick progress after studying this book. Even if you don’t personally like to play this attacking style, you will most likely face opponents that will. Thanks for reading and I hope that you have enjoyed my Attack and Counterattack in Chess review.

Chess Catechism Review

Chess Catechism Review
Chess Catechism

Hi and welcome to my Chess Catechism review.

This book was written by International Grandmaster Larry Evens and published by Simon and Schuster in 1970.

This book is a really interesting concept. Larry Evens teaches chess in a fun and unique way. The lessons in this book will go up in difficulty as you go through it. Larry will try to anticipate your questions and answer them as you go along. This book really covers a lot of different subjects and scenarios.

Furthermore this book has a heavy religious theme and has some good humor to it as well. Here are some of the chapters to give you an Idea. Genesis, the Ten Commandments, In the Beginning, The lion’s mouth, The Seven Deadly Sins, If Thine Eye Offends Thee, Blind Faith, Pride Goeth etc. The chapters are not about religion but definitely about chess. I’m not sure if Larry Evens came up with the Idea himself but as far as I know it is quite unique.

The material covered is really good. There are many game annotations that accompany the lessons as well. In addition there is a the 10 best games for chess study at the end. It’s a little different than I’m used to with the questions and answers format but it really works well.

In conclusions I would say that this did not look like the best book, probably not be the best book but was a fun and interesting read nonetheless. I liked the unique format and presentation. I do wish it had a few more chess diagrams. This book is good for beginners and intermediate players. Don’t run out and buy it but if you do happen to see it somewhere you should pick it up because at the very least you will get a few laughs. Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed my Chess Catechism review.

The Middle Game in Chess Review

The Middle Game in Chess Review
The Middle Game in Chess

Hi and welcome to my The Middle Game in Chess review.

This book was written by International Grandmaster Eugene A. Znosko-Borovsky and originally published by David McJay Company in 1938. This book was later translated by J. du Mont and published by Dover Publications, Inc. in 1980.

This book really focuses on the middle game. The book has two main parts. The first part covers the material of the game, ideas in chess, strategy as well as tactics.  The second part covers the stages of the middle game, superiority in positions, inferior positions and even positions. This book is in the old chess annotation style.

This book covers the middle game very well. It’s hard to teach the middle game because there are so many possibilities but this book will guide you during the middle game. I think the middle game study is very important since you do most of the battle there. You will find almost everything that you need to know about the middle game in this book. My main issue I have with this book is that it only has about 80 chess diagrams in over 200 pages.

In conclusion I would personally like to have a few more chess diagrams. I think having just one for every 2 or 3 pages is not enough. The material presented is sound but I did find it a little dry and hard to follow at times. Seems like a few more diagrams probably could have helped a little. This book is for beginners and intermediate players. I would recommend this book if  you have an interest in studying the middle game. Therefore if you have not focused or studied the middle game this book could be instructive for you. Thank you for reading and I hope you have enjoyed my The Middle Game in Chess review.

Improving your Chess review

Improving Your Chess Review
Improving Your Chess

Hi and welcome to my Improving your Chess review.

This book was written by Fred Reinfeld and published by Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. in 1955.

This book takes a unique path at improving your chess. Instead of focusing on what you should be doing better, think about what are doing wrong. This book will attempt to teach you the most common mistakes you make in your chess games. By correcting a few flaws in your game you can begin improving right away.

The book is quite simplistic, covering a few ideas rather well. Each section will have a few diagrams to help explain the concepts.  The book has 7 sections. The first starts off with The Eight Bad Moves. This includes, Neglecting development, exposing your king, making too many queen moves, weakening your castled position, getting pinned, failing to guard against captures, underestimating your opponent’s treats, losing a won game.  Then there is a section on how to play with the white pieces and another chapter on how to play with the black pieces.  You will also learn how to play with an advantage in material, combination, sacrifices, checkmates and the key to the opening. This really goes through a a lot of common mistakes that you shouldn’t make.

In conclusion, I would say that this book is for the beginner to intermediate player. This book is definitely not the best book but does have a nice idea behind it. This book is also  easy to understand. I think the idea is sound about making sure you are not making one of these bad moves. If you think you might be making some of these bad moves or like the idea you should read this book. Thanks for reading and I hope you have enjoyed my Improving Your Chess review.

Aron Nimzowitsch My System Review

Aron Nimzowitsch My System Review
Aron Nimzowitsch My System

Hi and welcome to my Aron Nimzowitsch My System review.

My system was written by Aron Nimzovich and originally published by Harcourt and Brace Co. in 1930. Aron Nimzovich was a very good and interesting chess player.  He is probably the most influential chess writer of all times. He has influenced many grandmasters and his ideas are still correct to this day, almost 100 years later.

First of all this book covers hundreds different ideas and chess subjects. You could say this book is a really good overview of a chess game hence it is a good guide for training. The book is divided in 3 main sections. The first chapter covers the main elements of chess. This includes, the center, development, open files, the 7th and 8th rank, the passed pawn, exchanging, end game strategy, pins, discovered checks and pawn chains. The second chapter is on positional play and also goes in great detail. This includes, positional play in the center, double pawns, isolated pawns, the two bishops, overprotection and weaknesses. Finally the third chapter includes 50 annotated games.

All these subjects have multiple sub chapters and this book really goes into deep detail for each of them. The annotations for the games are very good and instructive as well.  You can say that this book is really has a ton of information about the chess rules, tips and strategy. This is really a good system that can truly help you in your chess training in addition to your chess development.

In conclusion, this book might be old but is still relevant today.  Chess Classics came out with a new edition with new translations to fix mistakes in addition to adding even more chess diagrams. The information in this book is really exceptional and still quite relevant. This book is great for the beginner to intermediate players.  This book has helped and inspired many Grandmasters from the past. You should definitely give this book a try. Thanks for reading and I hope you have enjoyed my Aron Nimzowitsch My System review.

Showdown in Seville Kasparov-Karpov IV review

Showdown in Seville Kasparov-Karpov IV review
Showdown in Seville: Kasparov-Karpov IV

Hi and welcome to my Showdown in Seville Kasparov-Karpov IV review.

This book was written by Raymond Keene, David Goodman and David Spanier and published by B.T. Batsford in 1987. Raymond Keene is a Grandmaster & David Goodman is an International Master. All three were chess correspondents for newspapers or magazines and chess book authors.

This book covers a world title championship match between Karpov and Kasparov. Before this match, they had over 100 games played between them and the results were dead even.  This match is to decide who is the superior player and the next world champion.

The first part of the book covers the players before the match as well as the politics of the chess world and Russian chess.  Some bits might be rather long but there are a few  events that can keep you interested. Its not a part of chess that is the most often in literature yet it can help you understand the events surrounding a world championship match.

The chess games have really good annotations and there is a lot of information on all the events surrounding the games. There are multiple chess diagrams for each game. There is also a nice introduction to each game. This helps you understand a bit what was going on at the time of each particular game. There are  a total of 24 games and some of them are quite beautiful chess masterpieces.

In conclusion, this book has some great annotated games. It’s geared towards the advanced chess player but there is enough background info on the chess players and the tournament to be a enjoyable read to most competitive chess players. This book is just ok but if you are looking for the highest quality games with quality annotations this book could be for you. Thank you for reading and I hope you have enjoyed my Showdown in Seville Kasparov-Karpov IV review.

Fighting Chess with Magnus Carlsen Review

Fighting Chess with Magnus Carlsen Review
Fighting Chess with Magnus Carlsen

Hi and welcome to my Fighting Chess with Magnus Carlsen review.

This 280 gage book was written by Adrian Mikhalchishin and Oleg Stetsko and was published by Edition Olms in 2012. Adrian Mikhalchishin is an accomplished Grandmaster, chess writer and trainer. Oleg Stetsko is a Russian Master, national chess trainer and chess writer. Ken Neat did the edits and English translation.

This book covers the games of Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen who became the worlds youngest Grandmaster at 13 years old. The book has three main chapters. The first one follows Magnus Carlson’s games starting at the master level until he reaches the grandmaster level. The second chapter follows his games on the way to the world championship. The third chapter follows his games while he is at the top of the ladder.  It follows his career in addition to his struggles and does so in great detail.

The book covers 64 games in all.  There is plenty of information about the events surrounding the games and the annotations go in great detail. Consequently you will often find multiple pages covering just one game. The pages all look nice and their are quite a few chess diagrams for each game.

In conclusion, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for very detailed annotations of high level games or fans on Magnus Carlsen. I believe this book to be very instructive due to the high quality of the annotations and the chess games themselves. Fighting chess with Magnus Carlsen is a very instructive book. I really like the games and the style of play of Magnus Carlsen. The book very clear, well organized and straightforward therefore making it quite an enjoyable book. Thank you for reading and I hope you have enjoyed reading my Fighting Chess with Magnus Carlsen review.

Award Winning Chess Problems Review

Award Winning Chess Problems Review
Award Winning Chess Problems

Hi and welcome to my Award Winning Chess Problems review.

Award winning chess problem was written by Burt Hochberg and published by Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. All of the puzzles were taken from real competition chess games with many winning top prizes for the puzzles. You will also note from the cover that this is an official MENSA game book.

There are over 100 puzzles in this book. The puzzles go by dates played and include the name of each player.  The book doesn’t contain much written text except a small intro at the start.

Now I must warn you that as an official MENSA book, these chess puzzles are very hard. I could even say that the puzzles in this book are some of the most challenging that I have ever seen. Some of the puzzles are a little easier than the others but not by much. Some of the puzzle I couldn’t solve after a few hours of heavy thinking and I have successfully solved thousands of puzzles.

At least the book includes some hints, yet some are a little cryptic. It is a MENSA book after all. At least the book also includes all the solution. I had to check a few times to make sure the solutions actually existed.

In conclusion, I would recommend this book only if you are looking for the hardest chess puzzles imaginable. These puzzles are not easy and are some of the hardest ones you will ever see. I doubt many of these positions will actually end up in your own chess games so it’s not the most practical learning tool you can find. I did appreciate the beauty of some of the positions and had some fun challenging my brain.  Thanks for reading and I hope you have enjoyed my Award Winning Chess Problems review.