|Sat Jul 4 2009 3:02AM | MsgID: 11632913|
I look forward to this series of articles.
If you aren't already familiar with this book, I would recommend "The March of Chess Ideas" by Anthony Saidy. It reviews the various styles of the major masters of the 20th century, picking up where Reti's "Masters of the Chessboard" leaves off.
Some players that come to mind for me are:
- Staunton, introducing closed games and the English opening
- Morphy and Anderson showing the benefits of rapid development and open lines
- Paulsen for showing how correct defense could survive the attacks of the romantics
- Steinitz for formulating the ideas of positional chess
- Tarrasch for teaching these principles of positional chess
- The hypermoderns: Reti, Nimzovich, Breyer, Gruenfeld for being hypermodern
- Alekhine for showing that dynamic plans can overcome static advantages
- Capablanca, Reshevsky and later Fischer and Karpov for showing that flawless positional chess can still create beautiful games
- Bronstein and Tal for playing unsound sacrifices and winning with flair.
- Keres, Spassky and later Kasparov for creating powerful positional attacks