- - - on some of ...
the best chess moves ever played.
(Stay tuned for more great
chess moves from the 19th Century.)
GM John Emms on some great chess moves.
I recently (late September, 2003)
purchased the book:
Most Amazing CHESS MOVES of All Time,"
by GM John Emms. (Emms
is a top English GM.)
(Copyright © 2000. Published by Gambit
Books. ISBN: # 1-901983-29-3)
In this book he attempts to find and
rate the 200 best and most amazing chess moves ever played. A friend had this
book, naturally I had to get it to be able to write about it and add it to this
web page!! Just the idea of being to examine the 200 best moves ... it almost
made my mouth water. Actually, I have only seriously
examined about 50
positions, but it will take time and energy - and besides, I am in no hurry
… on Great Chess Moves
A Book Review by LIFE-Master
A.J. Goldsby I
you read my review, you should know that I am a Life-Master of Chess.
lately, it seems I have been bashing books – my reviews have generated a lot
of e-mail – some has been rather negative. But I am always honest, and I
always try to point out any flaws or mistakes that I find. As the man says:
"I call ‘em the way I see ‘em."
it is with a great deal of pure joy that I tell you …
I LOVED THIS BOOK!!
(In fact, I have created several new web pages … just with the material that
this book contains. With a search engine, you should find it easily.)
book is NOT perfect; I have found quite a few errors. For example: on page #
168, (second column); the note after move after move 35.Ne6, the author gives:
"Also losing is 35.Rdb1, Nh3+; 36.Ke1," etc. BUT 35…Nh3 is NOT the
best move. (35…Ne4 is MUCH better.) In fact, …Nh3 is NOT even check!!
I do not entirely approve of the author’s "Top Ten." #1 is from a
game where the loser said it was, "one of the worst games he ever
played." (But all losers might say this!) His number five is almost an
exact copy, (in type, AND theme); to his number one. And on it goes. Games from
lesser-known players, games of questionable content, moves that are NOT even
real double-exclams. (Real mistakes are the lack of some simple, thorough player
and position indexes.)
All these are minor quibbles, really. (The author covers this ground in his
intro.) Consider all the really FANTASTIC THINGS that this book offers:
1.) 200 of the BEST – and most
astounding – chess moves ever played;
2.) EVERY phase of the game is
(Opening, middle-game, end-game.);
3.) Some really GREAT analysis, I
estimate the author worked at least a year on this book. The analysis of some of
the moves … is worth the price of the book! The author holds NOTHING back!! In
one of the examples, the author points out things like themes, recurring
tactics, and opening traps!!
IS tactics. And this book is really all about tactics. And there are no easy
ones in here. I had my daughter pick about 30 problems at random. Half of these
I knew, there are from fairly well-known chess games. But of the ones I did not
already know the answer to, I correctly solved only three problems!! (I don’t
count problems where I guessed the solutions.) If a Master needs to work on this
area, how about you?
last – a FUN book, that if used intelligently – will help you get better at
chess. And once you have spent some time with this book, you will have a smile
almost as big as mine! Outstanding!!
---> I gave this book
FIVE STARS!! (Out
of a possible five.)
below. The first ten positions of the Emms' book.
game, GM V. Topalov - GM A. Shirov;
Linares (ESP), 1998.
play and win. (Move # 47... for Black
the game, Brzozka - GM David Bronstein; Miskolc, 1963.
to play and win. (Move # 48... coming up.)
AMAZING game - and combination - that deserves to
be better known than it actually is.
the game: GM E. Vladimirov - GM V. Epishin;
Chess tournament; Tashkent, 1987.
just played 24...Kf8; Now White played the seemingly
normal move 25.Rdg1, when Black responded with the move
25...QxQ/b3. What does White play now?
sequence of moves given above!)
to move and win. (White to play his 26th move.)
the very famous encounter:
GM Ratmir Kholmov - GM David Bronstein;
U.S.S.R. Championship, (Kiev) 1964/65.
to play and win. (White to play and make
his 18th move.)
the game: Hindle - Mohring;
to play and win. (Black is about
to make his 69th move.)
Not a great choice by Emms ... it is much
too similar to # 1.
From the game: Oren - Dyner;
to move. (White's 24th move is
questionable game - between two unknowns.
the game: Fehling - Rutschi; Biel, 1983.
highly questionable game from players no one ever heard of.
(This could be a
authenticity! No game score!)
From the game: Bura - Puric´; Yugoslavia, 1982.
White to move and win.
game from two lightweights - and while interesting ...
it is NOT worthy of being in the list of the TEN
(I would give the first move ONLY
From the fabulous contest:
GM V. Ivanchuk - GM A. Yusupov;
Candidates (1/4) Tournament/Match
Brussels, BEL; 1991.
BLACK to move and win.
Easily one of the greatest plays of all time
and overlooked by many other writers!
of the most amazing chess games
the unbelievable game:
GM Garry Kasparov - GM Veselin Topalov;
Super-GM Tournament/Wijk ann Zee, 1999.
to play and win. (White's 36th move is
great move ... from maybe the greatest game
Well, that's it for the Emms' book.
(The solutions are near, but you must be willing to look around.)
I wanted to at least have his top ten
although I do not agree with all of them.
may (later) bring you more
positions from this incredible book!
Know of an incredible chess move? Send it to me!
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