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Funkstermonov

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Sun May 13 2012 6:28PM | MsgID: 15449785


An okay book with a great idea behind it. The seven circles work but the actual book is filled with a lot of waffle and padding.

I have used this technique with the CT Chess Endings, Lev Alburt's 300 key positions, CT STrategy 2.0...

Seems to work...

Try the seven cirlces with a CT endgame trainer...



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[Quote from: "doctork"]
[Quote from: "Reepz"]Mate in 12 PLEASE tell me how



1.Qc3 pins the b-pawn, leaving 1...Kb1 as the only move. Then 2.Qd3+ forces 2...Ka1. Now 3.Qd4 pin, 4.Qe4 check, 5.Qe5 pin, 6.Qf5 check, etc. to 10.Qh7+ Kb1 11.Qh8! Kb1 12.Qh1 mate. Nice problem.



Uh, make that 10...Ka1



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Originally posted by: "Reepz"
Mate in 12 PLEASE tell me how




1.Qc3 pins the b-pawn, leaving 1...Kb1 as the only move. Then 2.Qd3+ forces 2...Ka1. Now 3.Qd4 pin, 4.Qe4 check, 5.Qe5 pin, 6.Qf5 check, etc. to 10.Qh7+ Kb1 11.Qh8! Kb1 12.Qh1 mate. Nice problem.



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..... as much as I salivate over Silman's explicit topics .... and too, as much as I long to be able to decipher & understand Soltis' "Pawn Structure Chess" analysis ..... and even though Al Horowitz's "Chess Openings Theory and Practice"(I have the second printing) is always next to my PC & boards ..... I especially yearn to be able to put into practice all the many lessons inherent within "Fundamental Chess Endings".

.....just one man's opinion.




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Originally posted by: "Marshall Dillon"
One book that I find myself going back to over and over again is Chess Openings:Theory and Practice, by Irving Horowitz. (SBN 671-20553-6)

It is copyright 1964 and I my copy is from the fifth paperback printing. Because of it's age, I am sure there must be some material in it that is considered out of date, but it has hardly ever failed me in all the years that I have owned it. You probably have to hit the used book stores for this one, as I have never seen on the shelves in a new book store.




I'm not sure if it is the best chess book I've ever read, but it was the first that I read. I just purchased my third copy. I let someone borrow the first one and both the book and the person disappeared. I loaned my next copy to a co-worker. He promptly died and since I never met his wife, I wasn't about to ask for it's return. This last copy won't get too far from my bookcase!



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[quote="Wulebgr"][quote="Marshall Dillon"] I've developed my checklist of checkmates (http://www.angelfire.com/poetry/wulebgr/checklist.htm)
[/quote]

A very helpful site. Thank you.

Cheers,

G








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Originally posted by: "Marshall Dillon"
One book that I find myself going back to over and over again is Chess Openings:Theory and Practice, by Irving Horowitz. (SBN 671-20553-6)




Actually, it was I.A. Horowitz, the I.A. standing for Israel Albert. He was generally called "Al."



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Tue Jul 26 2005 4:22PM | edited: 4:23:09 | MsgID: 2383258


Originally posted by: "Marshall Dillon"
One book that I find myself going back to over and over again is Chess Openings:Theory and Practice, by Irving Horowitz. (SBN 671-20553-6)




I no longer have that book, as I passed it on to my nephew. However, I believe the many hours I spent with Horowitz when I was neglecting my homework in high school not only improved my chess, but contributed a fair amount to my preparation for graduate school. There are better one volume opening encyclopedias, of course. But concentrated, disciplined study of any book along such lines improved both chess and mental disciplne.

I don't have a "best book" that I can recommend, but I have two book experiences (aside from the one above) that highlight the importance of chess books to me:

The first chess book that I read, shortly after learning of the existence of chess books, was "1000 Best Short Games of Chess" by Irving Chernev. Reading this book caused me to quickly outpace all my friends and siblings in chess strength. Then I played two long games against my father, winning both.

I avoided following the recommendation of a Chess Master for two years after he suggested "The Art of the Checkmate" by Renaud and Kahn because the title made me think the book was too basic. I was wrong, of course. When I did start reading the book, it stimulated immediate improvement. I've developed my checklist of checkmates (http://www.angelfire.com/poetry/wulebgr/checklist.htm) because of the value I see in Renaud and Kahn's approach.

When an IM recommended a book, I bought it within the week.



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One book that I find myself going back to over and over again is Chess Openings:Theory and Practice, by Irving Horowitz. (SBN 671-20553-6)

It is copyright 1964 and I my copy is from the fifth paperback printing. Because of it's age, I am sure there must be some material in it that is considered out of date, but it has hardly ever failed me in all the years that I have owned it. You probably have to hit the used book stores for this one, as I have never seen on the shelves in a new book store.





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Mate in 12 PLEASE tell me how



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