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The Case of the Cover Mystery

  • IM Silman
  • | Oct 26, 2010
  • | 15538 views
  • | 128 comments

The cover of my new book, How to Reassess Your Chess 4th Edition, contains a secret that might take the skills of a Sherlock Holmes to unearth. The first that notices this anomaly and sends the correct answer to David Pruess (at dpruessatchess.com) will win a free, signed copy of the book. The answer and winner will be announced around November 24th!

Best of luck, you’ll need it!

WE HAVE A WINNER: Mr. Buddy Dacote from Belgium figured it out and will receive a free signed copy of How to Reassess Your Chess 4th Edition plus the adoration of females throughout the known universe.

In my book, I often refer to an all-powerful Knight which reaches in every direction as an Octopus. At one point, I (almost) even go so far as to create a new form of notation -- instead of writing something like Nf6, I wanted to write Of6.

I decided to use a real octopus eye for the Knight's eye in the cover (the yellow is its real color, but the artist made a couple of color adjustments so it would blend in with the overall cover design), thus signifying a hybrid Octo-Knight.

Let's see what buddy wrote:

The cover represents an octopus!
The eye of the Knight looks exactly like an octopus' eye and the different chapters are laid out like octopus' arms (well there are 10 of them instead of 8, but it's close enough).
If I had to give a meaning for this, I would say that octopuses are well known for being exceptionally intelligent (they can complete mazes or other problem solving experiments [maybe not chess, but who knows?]). They are able to adapt to many different situations thanks to squeezable body.

Their arms are their main weapon (or defensive tool), as they can use them individually or as a whole to achieve many purposes. Just like a chess player can use all its knowledge (represented by the chapters of Silman's book) to achieve a winning position.

Another hint might be Silman's avatar on chess.com: the blob fish, another deep sea creature...

After further research, I would like to complete my previous answer by invoking the octopus knight, which is a term (that I never heard before) that describes a dominating knight on the board... It is also the name of a famous game between Karpov and Kasparov in which such a dominating knight appears. This is typically the kind of imbalance that we can find in Silman's book.

Well done, Buddy!

And here is the cover:

 

Reassess Chess 4th 300ppi.jpg

Comments


  • 2 years ago

    shengyi

    Smart idea.

  • 3 years ago

    wwrs

    @Tyzer Actually, I believe that moving Fg5 is enough for the shark to be distracted by the fish, as then the move Hxg5 will take the shark off the board where the harpoonist also ends up with a large amount of control.

  • 3 years ago

    cpraag3

    I have that book and I dont know much about it. I got the book from my uhm I forgot.

  • 3 years ago

    cpraag3

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    cpraag3

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  • 3 years ago

    Bronir

    Smart! Laughing

  • 3 years ago

    sshenker

    Forgive me if I am wrong, however, are there not seven imbalances? Does the king safety count? An excellent book. Target consciousness is a fascinating concept.

    Also, I recall reading in Chess Life about a Vote Chess game where the voters believed the incorrect computer and would not listen to Mr. Silman.

  • 3 years ago

    1pawndown

    I wonder if the Knight is an Octopus in the Sponge Bob Chess set?

  • 4 years ago

    CoaMiladinovic

    xex...

  • 4 years ago

    knightofcrashtest

    Funny that! A guy on chess.com who calls himself Evistonavra just introduced that book to me!

  • 4 years ago

    knightofcrashtest

    Adoration of all the females in the universe?!?!?!?! I think that would get rather annoying too quick. Not that females ARE annoying, but you know what I mean.

  • 4 years ago

    Ronnie

    Thank you Anthony. I do try.

    Chilli

  • 4 years ago

    didiz1016

    Funny picture chilly

  • 4 years ago

    IM Silman

    Be careful! "Used copies" means the old 3rd edition! Don't be fooled!

  • 4 years ago

    Ronnie

    Well done, Buddy. Fantastic photos too.

    I'm pretty disappointed that I can't get hold of a new edition of this book on amazon.co.uk in time for Christmas. Just 5 used copies. Doesn't seem like the UK site has ever had new editions of this book. Or am I missing something?

    Chilli

  • 4 years ago

    didier

    Christmas comes early this year!

    I just received the hard cover book, signed by Master Silman, as well as a nice t-shirt.

  • 4 years ago

    Twobit

    "How to make buzz about my book" - Rorschach, schach and freebies...

  • 4 years ago

    Tyzer

    @ChilliLilli: That picture is unbelievably adorable. It looks like the game went something like 1.g4 g5 2.h3 b5 3.Oxb5!! +/-; upon which Black resigned in sheer shock from White's novelty. More recent analysis indicates, however, that Black may be able to hold on after 3. ...Sf6!, whereupon the Black Shark on f6 contests the control of the White octopus over the central squares.

  • 4 years ago

    qhiehan

    hahaha!! funny!!!

  • 4 years ago

    Neilmor

    There is a picture of an octopus within the picture of the Knight. The eye is below the ear on the knight's cheek.

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