why does this lose a piece?

Kamilotka

Zugerzwang
Oops. I had forgotten about that trick and overlooked it in my haste. I think the author did also. Matlev91 is right, of course. But as he said, 6 Qd5 is the better move.
ghost_of_pushwood

Yeah, I know all about that Reinfeld stuff.  But he's still a synonym for fatuous annotating (like Chernev).

Zugerzwang
Yeah I have noticed Chernev's books to be full of analytical errors, but the games are entertaining. Horowitz and Reinfeld are a bit better. There wasn't much else easily available for beginners back in those days.
ghost_of_pushwood

The Golden Triad of my childhood. happy.png

blueemu
ghost_of_pushwood wrote:

The Golden Triad of my childhood.

Yeah, Reinfeld was a terrible hack and I shudder to read his books now... but they were just what I needed back when I was a 1200 player.

ghost_of_pushwood

I had this (in that very same edition!).  But that understates things a bit...I can remember feeling like it was a real coup that I had obtained it! grin.png No more 4-move mates for me...

Image result for the complete chessplayer reinfeld

ghost_of_pushwood

Incidentally, that book nearly cost me a point at my first Swiss.  I followed this opening line of Freddy's...which ended up costing me a piece.  Fortunately, I somehow baffled the guy into losing the subsequent ending.

ghost_of_pushwood

(One odd sidelight:  Keres died that very weekend.)