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Re: New Biographies
Reply #9 - 04/05/19 at 14:08:06
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@Leon_Trotsky:  These days, I’ll often look for an electronic version I can read on ForwardChess or with ChessBase.  But with actual books, I pretty much do the same thing as you — just read it through and study the diagrams.
  
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Re: New Biographies
Reply #8 - 04/05/19 at 08:17:38
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I tend to do the same, FWIW (not much).
  
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Re: New Biographies
Reply #7 - 04/05/19 at 04:53:12
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I bought Krasenkow's book whist I was in París. Looks interesting to me. Thinkers Publishing seem to publish a lot of these game collection books lately.

How do you usually read þese annotate game books ¿ I usually read it leisurely and try to absorb the chess content passively like a novel.

But I am not sure if this is how these types of books are to be read..
  
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Reply #6 - 04/04/19 at 23:01:15
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I'm sure I must have watched that game live.  I couldn't swear to it, but I went to the NY Open that year and Kamsky was the talk of the tournament.  Everyone wanted to see the new, super-talented Russian chess prodigy.   

  
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Re: New Biographies
Reply #5 - 04/04/19 at 22:06:07
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Thanks. I looked at the sample and so far I haven't seen any other typos. Perhaps the editor was just having a bad day when they reached that page? But I did notice a couple of "missed" transpositions.
  • pages 15-16 : 18.Ka1! Bc6 19.Nh4 b5 20.f4 a5 21.Rgf1 versus 18.Nh4?! b5 19.f4 Bc6 20.Rgf1 b4 etc., not noticing that 20.Ka1 transposes to the 18.Ka1 line.
  • page 23 : 42.Qxd3?! (I cannot see what he says about the continuation as this is the last page of the sample) versus 42.Ng6+! Kg8 43.Qxd3 Nxd3 etc., but of course 42.Qxd3 Nxd3 43.Ng6+ transposes to the 42.Ng6+ line.
It's quite a good game, here's the rest of it: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1066487
  
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Re: New Biographies
Reply #4 - 04/04/19 at 17:16:41
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an ordinary chessplayer wrote on 04/04/19 at 15:36:17:
What exactly are we looking at in the screenshot

The book comprises 22 deeply-annotated games in 437 pages.

For comparison, Robert Hübner's book of 25 games is 415 pages.

The screenshot is a variation stemming from analysis of Kamsky-Hulak, 1989.

You can read the screenshot in context from this excerpt:

https://www.newinchess.com/media/wysiwyg/product_pdf/7929.pdf

  
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Re: New Biographies
Reply #3 - 04/04/19 at 15:36:17
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A few typos I can deal with, but does the book have any opinion or insight? e.g. What exactly are we looking at in the screenshot, is it a theory section (variation "a" and the whole page is devoted to the wrong move for white), or is it a game annotation? It looks boring for an annotation. I would rather know what Kamsky was thinking during the game instead of what the latest engine says now.

My impression of young Kamsky was that in equalish positions he played on the same side of the board as his opponent's last move. If I am correct about this, it was probably a distortion due to always playing the strongest possible opponents when he was not yet their equal. Later when he was in the class of world championship candidates he definitely didn't play the same way as before. That's true for any player who improves, but I want to know what Kamsky thought about it.
  
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Re: New Biographies
Reply #2 - 04/04/19 at 06:22:38
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Mind you, Kamsky was in his awakeningsprocess
  
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Re: New Biographies
Reply #1 - 04/03/19 at 23:03:23
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Kamsky starts off with a few typos:




  
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New Biographies
04/03/19 at 18:34:44
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Seems like there are a lot of new biographies/games collections out or on the way:

McFarland has published doorstoppers covering:
Louis Paulsen
Tal, Petrosian, Spassky and Korchnoi (a multi-biography)
Neumann, Hirshfeld and Suhle (19th Century Berlin)
Kurt Richter

Sosonko has two:
Evil Doer (Korchnoi)
Smyslov on the Couch

Vladimir Tukmakov wrote a book on Coaching the Stars
There's a book on Yuri Razuvaev
Romain Edouard wrote about his magic years with Topalov
Carsten Hensel did one on Kramnik

Gata Kamsky has a book of his own games
So does Michal Krasenkow

Alex Dunne is doing one on Fred Reinfeld

Anyone have any of these yet or care to comment?

  
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