Chess Grandmaster Raymond Keene chronicles the history of the development of the chess combination as an art form. In 86 complete games in descriptive starting from the 15th century, Keene provides examples of combinations played by Greco, Philidor, Mac Donnell, Von der Lasa, Staunton, Anderssen, Morphy, Zukertort, Steinitz, Lasker, Cabablanca, Alekhine, Euwe, Botvinnik, Keres, Smyslov, Tal, Petrosian, Spassky, Fischer, Karpov and Korchnoi. The brilliant combinations which adorn the games of such great Masters of Chess present a miraculous facade to the chess enthusiast, with apparently inexplicable sacrifices leading inevitably to checkmate. In fact, not gaining the ability to carry out decisive combinations at critical moments of the game often proves the major stumbling block in the path towards mastery. Raymond Keene has examined the advance of combinational ideas from the 15th century to the present day. Not only has he drawn on his own extensive experience as a chess teacher and international player, he has also collected the most beautiful and intricate combinations from chess history, examining them deeply in order to isolate those specific themes and special factors which permit a successful combination to be played. This volume will not only improve the playing strength of club and tournament players (for a study of the very best combinations will surely sharpen tactical skill), but will also prove a source of aesthetic pleasure and excitement to the lover of the game of chess. In the words of Rudolph Spielmann: “The beauty of the game of chess is usually appraised according to the sacrifices it contains. The growing power of the sacrifice is irresistible: enthusiasm of sacrifice lies in Man's nature.”
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Traces the development of combinational thought from the early days of chess events up to the reign of world champion Anatoly Karpov. By identifying key recurring elements in the decisive combinations of the champions, Keene shows how to pull off crushing finishes.About the Author:
Raymond Keene OBE is an English chess Grandmaster, a FIDE International Arbiter, a chess organizer, and a journalist and author. He won the British Chess Championship in 1971, and was the first player from England to earn a Grandmaster norm, in 1974. In 1976 he became the second Englishman, following Tony Miles, to be awarded the Grandmaster title. He represented his country in eight Chess Olympiads. Keene retired from competitive play in 1986 at the age of thirty eight, and is now better known as a chess organizer, columnist and author. He was involved in organizing the 1986, 1993 and 2000 World Chess Championships; and the 1997, 1998 and 1999 Mind Sports Olympiads; all held in London. He has been chess correspondent of The Times since 1985, and is a prolific author, having written over 100 books on chess. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to chess in 1985. Raymond Keene was born in London in 1948 and educated at Dulwich College and Cambridge University. He has written many books on chess, including a number of works on opening theory and biographical accounts of Staunton, Nimzowitsch and Stein. He has also appeared on television lecturing on the game.
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Book Description Macmillan Pub Co, 1977. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110080197582
Book Description Macmillan Pub Co, 1977. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0080197582
Book Description Macmillan Pub Co, 1977. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 80197582