Originally posted by Marinkatomb
It was Chernev's Logical chess move by move. It's really just a game collection, but he goes through some of the main openings explaining what the general strategy is. From an absolute beginners view point (as i was then) it was really excellent. It is somewhat dated perhaps, all of the games are classical so we're talking 1900-1930ish, but that actually ...[text shortened]... uthor, i read a book of his on the middle game which was really good but i forget the title..
That was a book I also studied, middle game, vol 1, Static Features and vol 2 dynamic positions, the only problem was it was in descriptive notation and I think I would have gotten through those books in half the time if they were in algebraic.
I see the 1994 edition has been upgraded to algebraic. I wish I had seen that version back in 73 when I was in Thailand and had a lot of time on my hands. I did go through both books but it took something like a year. My duty time was 12 hours a day and totally alone in an electronics shack so I did have a lot of time.
As for the dude who went up as far as he did, I doubt very seriously he was cheating. He just applied himself and ran himself up by his bootstraps, no need for engine help at that level.
If he had been cheating somehow, my guess is he would have shot up a lot higher than he did. I think he just applied himself to the task and reached what he would have reached if he had started playing at 10 or so.