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  My Best Games by Viktor Korchnoi - Does anyone have it?

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Fri Jun 8 2012 1:35PM | MsgID: 15522739


I just realized that your rating is 1580 which means that the Uhlmann book may be a bit pre-mature at this time.Please consider two excellent books by Irving Chernev: "Logical Chess Move by Move" and the other book is: "The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played".These 2 books will teach you how to think like a master, are written in an everyday language designed for the layman, and are not bogged down with tons of theory.Good luck.



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Much appreciated. Thanks, again.



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Fri Jun 8 2012 2:00AM | MsgID: 15521644


Yes.Play 1.e4 against your toughest opponents but I love to play the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit against lower rated opposition.It is a fun opening, and sometimes 1.e4 against experts or beyond can be very tiresome.A great little book on the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit is by Gary Lane.1.e4 d5 2.e4 de4 3.Nc3 he covers every variation of each defence and has lots of his own suggestions.You can also play it against the Scandinavian Defence: 1.e4 d5 2.d4!? .But try to have some fun openings in your repertoire to keep from getting discouraged against totally booked experts and masters.



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I ordered the 1995 edition today. Let's go, US Mail!

I may still order one of the Watson books, as well, but figure I'll begin with this one and see how it goes.

While we're on the subject of openings, I wonder if I might ask your advice on another question? I'm trying to find an alternative to 1.e4 as white, as I've been playing the Giuoco Piano/Evans Gambit forever. I'd like to start playing either the Queen's Gambit or the English Opening, but black has so many possible responses that I feel a bit intimidated and don't know where to start. As I have many other weaknesses in my game, I'm trying to avoid having to devote all my available practice time to learning theory.

Any advice you could give me as far as openings and/or books? Thanks again, Mr. Armstrong.





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Amazon.com has used copies startinbg at $25.00 where as ebay has it for $38.00.Evidently there is a 2002 edition.I have the 1995 edition which are the ones listed above.



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On one of Kingscrusher's videos, he also recommends studying Uhlmann's games. I'm particularly interested in his book, but unfortunately it's out of print so I'll have to search for a used copy.

Thanks again for your very helpful recommendations!



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Also "French Defence New and Forgotten Ideas" by Nikolai Minev (2nd edition) is an all time classic that will really give your opponent something to think about.Korchnoi is not an exclusive French Defence player.He sometimes plays the Open Defence to the Ruy Lopez,and he has also played the Caro Kann (against Karpov) and Pirc Defence (against Fischer).GM Wolfgang Uhlmann is an exclusive French Defence player and his "Winning with the French Defence" is excellent.If I was just going to get one book however, my first choice would be Watson's "Dangerous Weapons: the French Defence".Good luck.



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Thu Jun 7 2012 3:50AM | MsgID: 15518913


Thanks very much for the recommendations. I will have a look at those books.



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Thu Jun 7 2012 2:27AM | MsgID: 15518833


Bare in mind that John Watson has TWO excellent books on the French Defence, "Dangerous Weapons: The French Defence" (fabulous) and his 3rd edition of "Play The French".I have not seen the Korchnoi book, but Lev Psakhis 4 volume set on the French is superb and very up to date.



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Hi All,

I'm considering buying this book. It's got good reviews on Amazon and GM John Watson seemed to like it.

Korchnoi is considered one of the world's foremost experts on the French Defense, which is my main opening as black and before I spend the money, I'm wondering if anyone can tell me how many of the games in this book feature it? I couldn't find this information anywhere online.

Thanks is advance for any replies.