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  A Wonderful Old Book & A Wonderful New Idea


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Fri Sep 6 2013 6:15PM | edited: 6:38:21 | MsgID: 16776124

Fittingly, I just read Richard Reti’s once-revolutionary Modern Ideas in Chess on a wonderfully innovative website titled Open Chess Books, a site that is beginning to present the classics (i.e. Capablanca’s Chess Fundamentals) in an exciting, interactive format.

Reti’s groundbreaking book, rich in creative ideas and valuable chess history, was written in clear, understandable prose. It is a must read for anyone interested in the development of the Hypermodern Movement. And for the reasons I’m about to discuss, there is no better place to find and read it than

A statement on the site’s home page explains its purpose:

“We are going to republish classic chess books, with all diagrams transformed in animated boards, and release them for free.”

The totally free site, developed and maintained by a man named Edoardo Batini, strives to take the drudgery out of chess study by animating every diagram in the books it re-publishes. Instead of forcing readers to painfully wade through line after line of notation – algebraic or descriptive -- Mr. Batini has taken each diagram and each annotated game and presented them via inserted viewers. The books almost come to life.
Strangely, the site has not garnered much readership or support yet. That will hopefully change because Batini is doing something that could alter how we study chess texts.

At the moment the site has a short reading list – only Reti and Capablanca (in part). That’s because limited funding has forced Batini to work alone and thus far restricted him to animating books already in the public domain.

But take a look at what he’s doing, at least scan Reti’s masterpiece, and see if you don’t agree with me about the great potential of Batini’s interesting work-in-progress.