Originally posted by greenpawn34
Is that position from the book 'Play 1.b3! 'by IM Ilya Odessky?
yes it is, he writes, page 31, I cannot resist showing the end of this game. . . .the
remarkable thing is, shortly before this game, I (together with grandmaster Ernesto
Inkarkiev) published an article in the Russian magazine 64 on the subject of self
stalemate in pawn endings, less than a month had gone by when this very subject
arose on the board.
This book is unlike any book on chess i have ever read, its more like a book of
ideas than variations, yes the variations are there, but its the ideas that are
prominent. The basics are at the back of the book! It contains conversations,
anecdotes, poetry, ancient proverbs and humour, traps and unsound although
difficult to refute variations. It follows no conceivable logical pattern and contains an
apology which takes up the entire chapter four! entitled, forgive me. Many of the
games are the authors own and when he cites a game on playchess he gives the
masters real name rather than his handle. He is under no illusions about the Nimzo-
Larsen and states that essentially its a bluff, but excuses himself on the premise that
if your a devotee of it then your a devotee.