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  • #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.

  • #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.

  • #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

  • #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.

  • #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.

  • #26

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

  • #27

    Kasparov matches against Karpov - Two matches in Russian (original) and recently released in his new series.

    1988 USSR supergrand championship. (it is not a title of the book) The oversized white-cover book was printed by an Italian company. Kasparov and Karpov duel in the tournament. Other players Smyslov, Ivanchuk, etc. Arbiter - Botvinnik. Though it is  in a figurine notation.

    Russians published a book about 1979 interzonals Riga (a come back of a magician Tal 14 points out of 17) and Rio.

  • #28

    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

  • #29

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

  • #30

    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?

  • #31

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

  • #32

    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.

  • #33

    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!)

  • #34

    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.

  • #35

    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.        

  • #36

    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.

  • #37

    Someone suggested some years ago that I should do a blog about the tournament books I own and my thoughts on them.

    I was thinking of starting that project sometime soon and I had the following ideas for evaluation:

    Story of the tournament

    Annotations both varations and/or word analysis

    Information on the players

    Production value

     If anyone has any other ideas/suggestions on topics for evaluation that others might want to know to help them decide if they would want to book or not, please feel free to post your suggestions  =)

  • #38

    David Bronstein's Zurich International Chess Tournament 1953 is an obvious first choice.  I kind of like Jan Timman's book on Curacao Candidates 1962,  Mikhail Tal's tournament book on Montreal 1979 and Mihail Marin's Reggio Emilia book.

    For matches, Mikhail Tal's Tal-Botvinnik 1960.  There were quite a few good books on Fischer-Spassky 1972: Gligoric, Euwe/Timman's Fischer World Champion!, a book by C.J.S. Purdy.  Tal wrote lively annotations for books on Spassky-Petrosian 1969 and Karpov-Korchnoi 1978 Chess Scandals.


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