"Eric's Book Reviews" part 2

"Eric's Book Reviews" part 2

ericmittens
ericmittens
Feb 27, 2008, 4:32 PM |
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I've just finished reading "My Chess Career" by Jose Raul Capablanca. It's a collection of Capablanca's games written before he won the world championship. Capa annotates it himself and gives many anecdotes concerning his career, including his childhood and first matches. Of course Capa's games are excellent, and the games themselves are great for the improving player. However, his annotations are pretty sparse...he doesn't explain most of his moves and when he does he only gives a variation or a short blurb of why his opponent is losing so badly. The book is in descriptive notation, but thats no big deal.

 

I would say that this book would be good for an average player looking for a quick overview of Capablanca's early games from Capa's own point of view. From an instructional point of view, the annotations fall short, but its always interesting to get the man's own opinion on his games.