I went down to the library you know the big one on George the 4th. Bridge
I went down to the library you know the big one I just told you where it is.
(the opening lines to 'I Saw You in Woolies' a song I sing in the Royal Oak)
'Well I'm glad I got rid of you and threw you out my flat,
You smell and you're ugly and I don't want you back.'
I wrote it in 1984 after hearing a Loudon Wainwright song about...
(The Chess....this is meant to a be a chess column....Ed)
'You shaved your legs with my razor and....'
I borrowed a chess book from the Edinburgh library last year and
in a discussion in one of these chess forums...
Why am I being secretive? I only go to one forum.
One lad in the Red Hot Pawn chess forum was asking about
books covering the development of chess ideas.
He of course had just read Reti's 1923 'Modern Ideas in Chess'.
What you are looking at now is a genuine first edition.
it's actually autographed and dedicated. Inside it says:
"To my mate Ally Alekhine from your pal. Dick Reti."
Anyway. I mentioned this other book, forgot what it was called,
forgot the author so had to go and get it out again.
But before I go any further I have to tell the Edinburgh guys
that there are two absolutely gorgeous girls working in the
lending bit at the library.
They would not let me take their photograph but believe me these two
really are stunning. Bright, cheerful, no tattoos, and simply beautiful.
I'm not going to read the chess books I borrowed today,
I'm taking them back tomorrow just to see them again.
These two are definetly getting a Library song written about them.
'You stamped my Chess books as I looked into your eyes,
you can borrow my heart and I will pay the fines.'
Anyway, where was I? So this was the book I was thinking about.
It's not meant to be a study in the evolution of Chess Strategy,
but I think one can claim it is. Loads of games from the old masters
that is usually backed up with a game by a modern master.
I enjoyed what I read the first time around.
I did not do it full justice as I always take out 6 books at time and one of
those was a book on modern opening traps so you can guess where my study time went?
GM Valeri Beim, according to the promotional description, is an International Chess Coach.
He gives this game with no notes.
[Click here to replay the game]
Steinitz - Lasker 1894
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.e5 d5 7.Bb5 Ne4 8.cxd4 Be7 9.Nc3 0-0 10.Bd3 f5 11.exf6 Nxf6 12.Be3 Nb4 13.Bb1 Ng4 14.a3 Nxe3 15.fxe3 Bh4+ 16.g3 Bg4 17.0-0 Qe8 18.axb4 Qh5 19.Nxd5 Rxf3 20.Nf4 Rxf4 21.Qb3+ Rf7 22.Rxf7 Qxf7 23.Ba2 Qxb3 24.Bxb3+ Kf8 25.gxh4 Ke7 26.Bd5 c6 27.Be4 a6 28.Ra5 h6 29.b5 cxb5 30.Bxb7 Ra7 31.Bc6 Bd7 32.Bxd7 Kxd7 33.Kf2 Kc6 34.Ke2 Kb6 35.Ra1 a5 36.Kd3 a4 37.e4 Rf7 38.e5 Rf3+ 39.Ke4 Rf2 40.Rb1 Kc6 41.d5+ Kd7 42.Kd4 Rd2+ 43.Kc5 Rc2+ 44.Kxb5 Re2 45.e6+ Kd6 46.Rd1 Rxb2+ 47.Kxa4 Rxh2 48.Re1 Ra2+ 49.Kb5 Ra8 50.Kc4 g5 51.hxg5 hxg5 52.Kd4 Ra4+ 53.Kd3 Ra3+ 54.Ke4 g4 55.Kf4 Ra8 56.e7 Re8 57.Kf5 g3 58.Kf6 Kd7 59.d6 g2 60.Rg1
Now without giving the whole piece, here is snatches of what he writes.
'Is this not a truly fanatastic game? Furthermore is it not true the
chess-player of today can learn something from this?'
'It is important that you study annotated games.'
'The problem is that for the average player it is very difficult, and nearly
impossible to analyse on one's own.'
There follows a bit about how naff computers are analysing and that
the average player will have difficulty trying to interpret the results.
'..the games you study must be annotated well!'
and he has this in bold:
'...the most important thing in chess is the ability to think for yourself.'
So this time I have not taken out a book on Opening Traps.
(I wonder if those girls think I'm a weirdo 'cos I read chess books?).
Instead I took out this:
I'm going to enjoy this one.
250 Chess maxims with an example of it in action.
Just thumbing through it I found this.
Inferior Positions are often easiest to play than equal ones.
A player with an advantage labours under a psychological burden.
He knows that unless his edge becomes greater the most likely result is a draw
and this will be an opportunity lost. As a result he sweats to find the best move.
(even though the best move does not exist).
All the examples I've found involve well known players from Blackburne - Anand.
This has put me off a bit.
Why not use games from the chess players who will be buying the book?
Go here and spend a happy half an hour.
games played by chess players who buy the chess books
You can get any example you require from scanning these games
played by players graded between 1400-1900 (book buyers!!).
I'm serious. Most Chess books contain games and
examples played by an illustrious 2% of chess players.
The same games with the same names. Weaker players games have a lot to
offer and we (the lowly 98%) can understand our games better than we can
these highbrow studious efforts we are dished up all the time.
GM's don't make the same mistakes we do.
Dodgy and risky openings, the kind GM's never play,
carry a lot of weight at the under 2000 level.
If I ever write another chess book then I'll fill it with under 2000 players
games and what I've written above with be the back of the book blurb.
Here is one that would cover a whole scad of chess dictums.
I won't name them all, that can amuse yourself by spotting them.
I'm actually involved in coaching the White player in this game. (so no names....)
We are trying to get him to stop bringing out his Queen so early.
The trouble is, after 10 moves he keeps ending up with positions like this...
So spot all the shots and enjoy a game most of us can
see at glance what is going on. A proper game of chess.
[Click here to replay the game]
two under 1400 players
1.e4 e5 2.Qh5 Nc6 3.Bc4 g6 4.Qf3 Nf6 5.d3 Nd4 6.Qd1 d5 7.exd5 Nxd5 8.Bxd5 Qxd5 9.f3 Bf5 10.c4 Qd7 11.g4 Be6 12.Ne2 Nxf3+ 13.Kf2 e4 14.dxe4 Bc5+ 15.Kxf3 Qc6 16.Nf4 Bxc4 17.b3 Bb5 18.Bb2 Rd8 19.Nd5 Rf8 20.Bg7 Rg8 21.Bf6 Rd6 22.g5 Qa6 23.Nxc7+ Kd7 24.Nxa6 Rxd1 25.Rxd1+ Ke6 26.Nxc5
Right - Pub signs that have a chess theme.
This was sent in by a regular Chandler Corner contributor.
And just down from the road from library were those two girls work
there is of course the famous QGD which is a popular watering hole for tourists.
Funnily enough they do not have a chess set behind the bar.
Keep them coming.
Finally this was emailed to me by someone who took my picture
at the recent HBOS event. I cannot remember seeing that lad there.