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  Is this book written in Algebraic format?

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Wed Jan 26 2011 2:05PM | MsgID: 14001913


Originally posted by: "jellybumpy"
'The Art of Chess Combination' Written by
Znosko-Borovsky Published in 1959.

Does anyone know if this book is written in
Algebraic format?

JellyBumpy



Wonderful book. Well worth it



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Back in the 1970s, I used to avoid buying books if they were in algebraic, so I know what you mean. It's kinda like learning a new language. I eventually got used to algebraic, but I still "think in descriptive." I remember the first postal tournament I played after the forced switch to algebraic, where I was continually sending the wrong moves (usually with the Black rank wrong). I still think it's unfair to force algebraic on OTB games. As long as you can reconstruct the game from the score you've recorded, who cares which notation is used?



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Tue Dec 28 2010 5:14PM | edited: 5:28:36 | MsgID: 13897800


I was thinking I had a copy of that book in my collection, but I don't see it now. Like many of my books, it probably got misplaced in the last move and it could be in storage. I might have to acquire another copy -- I'll have to look into it. I've purchased a lot of chess books (and other books) online from used book sellers. It's true, you might be able to get a used copy for $1.00. That might be only a satisfactory, readable copy -- if you want a copy in better condition, you might have to spend 3-5 bucks for it.
I wouldn't be afraid of descriptive notation, it's easy actually. I'm an old-timer, so I feel more comfortable with it.



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Tue Dec 28 2010 4:22PM | edited: 4:31:29 | MsgID: 13897613


Jeremy Silman, a well-known and best-selling International Master said, "THE ART OF CHESS COMBINATION by Eugene Znosko-Borovsky (Dover, 212 pages). I read it when I was 13 years old and gained hundreds of rating points as a result."

It's really not hard to read descriptive notation. Since the book is so inexpensive (available new for $10 and used for as little as $1), you're really not risking a lot. A Google search will let you read the first 15 pages of it on Google books to see if you like it. (Amazon only shows about half that.)





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Thanks for your help. I will not purchase that book.



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Tue Dec 28 2010 6:00AM | MsgID: 13896152


The last publication date for this book is June, 2010. It has not yet been converted to algebraic notation.



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'The Art of Chess Combination' Written by
Znosko-Borovsky Published in 1959.

Does anyone know if this book is written in
Algebraic format?

JellyBumpy