Favorite Tournament Book

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #21


    Post 17 lists a bunch of tournaments. Who wrote these great books? I know of at least two different books on Zurich 1953 and AVRO respectively.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #22


    There are two different translations available in English of Bronstein's book on Zurich 1953.  Alekhine's annotations of New York 1927 are not highly regarded because of his unrelenting diatribes against Capablanca.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #23


    I picked up the Marin book this weekend.  Looks very cool and my man Korchnoi is in it so that makes it doubly cool.   Still on the lookout for other suggestions for books so keep them coming

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #24


    One book that hasn't been mentioned yet that should be is San Antonio 72.  Not all of the games are annotated, but there are some real gems amongst the ones that are.  Including several games annotated by Bent Larson.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #25


    The San Antonio 1972 is one I just purchased a few weeks ago and is on my list.  I have been playing over the games of Marshall in the 1904 Cambridge Springs book and the games have been great lessons on tactics, attacking, and initiative.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #26


    My favorite match book however, is Tal-Botvinnik.  What a classic!

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #27


    New York 1924 would be my choice..not only because of the stellar competition rounded up for the tourney(the Reti/Capa game is a legend) and the zestful sight of the old school  confronting the new(perhaps for the last time at such a level and occasion) but mostly because of Alekhine's outstanding and sometimes exhaustive analysis(which often went into double letter  reference eg:aa,bb)..his role of official annotator also allowed him to study his main opponent's games in much greater detail and thereby stockpile ammo for his subsequent encounters..I was lucky enough to obtain a first edition/first printing hardcover of the book a few years ago..needless to say it is one of my most treasured chess books..

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #29


    An inprint version of Botvinnik's 1941 Book is here


    In general the simpole editions are pretty basic copies of old books, keeping descriptive notation and any mistakes. Worth it in this case for Botvinnik's annotations though.

    "Wijk aan Zee Grandmaster Chess Tournament 1975" published by RHM Press in 1976, and writen by Kavalek quite decent book

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #30


    Thanks, TwoMove! I have that particular book on my shelf, but I may look for others this way.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #31


    A second thanks TwoMove.  I will pick that up in the near future.  And I agree that the 1975 Wijk aan Zee book is good. 

    Does anyone know if there is a good book in English on the Bled 1961 or Moscow 1967 tournaments?

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #32


    I also have a copy of the Wijk aan Zee book by Kavalek...

  • 16 months ago · Quote · #33


    Does anyone know if there is a tournament book that exists for the 1973 Soviet Championship?  That is one book I would love to add to my collection.

  • 16 months ago · Quote · #34


    They made tournament books of each of the Soviet championships. Tho, finding one in print would be rather difficult. I have a booklet of the Tallinn 1973 international chess tournament. And I have one of the 1979 USSR Championships written by A.J. Miles. 

    I think if you find the book, you will probably be disappointed. The analysis of these games is not very deep, and there's very little prose. 

    Probably the best book on the Soviet Championships was Taimanov's excellent book that covers all of the Soviet Championships. That may not be in print, but you may be able to find a copy for a reasonable price. (No, I'm not selling my copy!)

  • 16 months ago · Quote · #35


    I have a relatively rare book on a 60's championships won by Spassky written by an American IM Karklins? Will put more details when back in Leeds, but that one was well annotated.

  • 3 weeks ago · Quote · #36


    Let me add (perhaps offpoint) the book,  Bobby Fischer Takes on the World about the Fischer Spassky match.  The book has little game annotation and the material about Bobby is pretty standard. 

    However the part about Soviet preparation is tremendously incisive.  Despite the enormous public attention paid to the match and the epic U.S. v. Soviet struggle, Russian preparation was slipshod and the book does a wonderful job of explaining why.  Probably the critical mistake for the Russians was coming down so hard on Taiminov who worked hard, played hard, and was simply overmatched.  Psychologically, this presented a conflict for Boris because he did not like the regime he was fighting for.  

    Indeed one can contrast the brilliant prepararation for Bobby in 1962 at Curacao (ethics aside) including multiple opening novelties, Fischer Korchnoi Pirc, Geller Fischer Najdorf.  In contrast, in 1972, the Russians needed a lot and gaps in preparation are indeed surprising.  The q-b6 Sicilian was played before but by move 14, white was busted, and little prep was done for D4.  Bobby was dominant in 1972 except not surprisingly in games with opening novelities such as game 4 the Sozin and the second Q-b6 Sicilian.  

    Because this book went before the scenes and did a great job of explaining the why from a Soviet perspective, I give it high grades and would love to find a similarly insightful tournament book.  New York 1927 by Alekhine is a decent book but these books are hard, now that current software provides far better analysis.        

  • 3 weeks ago · Quote · #37


    There were two reprints of the 1889 American Chess Congress which was annotated by Steinitz (non-playing) and jointly won by Chigorin and Weiss.  The notes aren't extensive but interesting.  And I have the Edition Olms hardcover.  I once looked through the very large first edition and would dearly love to have a copy but of course, its price is prohibitive.

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