Originally posted by Paul LeggettI think he studied in Scotland for a time, may even have won the Scottish championship, not really sure, GP will know. I remember when Korch used to post here, he used to have these threads entitled, evaluate this position. I think it has to be one of the most valuable exercise you can do, especially if there is no obvious captures or tactical combinations.
On a related note, I copied the Bratko-Kopec Test from Kopec's book (I think it's Test, Evaluate, and Improve Your Chess but I am too lazy to go check)- it was the 24 original positions that I used.
Seven people in my club took it, and everyone scored exactly where their ratings said they should. We chess players often cynically regard such stuff as gimmickry, but I think Kopec's stuff is the real deal.
Originally posted by greenpawn34I think it is funny. There is a student from Germany staying at my parents house and he thinks that kings should be across from queens, LOL.
This postion is missing from the book and it's fairly important.
[fen]rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1[/fen]
Solve that and they will make you a King.
Originally posted by emperor31Hi emperor, yes that is great, pity your chick chucked it out, perhaps if she was more inclined to take an interest in the noble game she might have seen it differently.
I really liked the book except for the tacky cover. This awful chick I used to date actually threw it out because it was 1) tacky and 2) a chess book. I agree that the positions aren't earth shattering, but think that the positions are likely the ones stronger players know cold. I do not think that they are THE 300, but they are certainly ...[text shortened]... lly lame jokes and diagrams that don't put my mind in the chess mood.
Hope that helps
Originally posted by nimzo5is this the cover, or did it have multiple ones as gp said it went through 4 publishing houses?
I forgot about the cover, I tore mine off. Probably the worst cover of any chess book yet printed.
Originally posted by wormwoodYes thats the one, I dont know when it was printed but it looks almost very late seventies or early eighties. Like you very eloquently state, it has a certain quality about it from a bygone year, like it should be sold in a brown paper bag. The chick seems to be taking a great interest in the endgame. In the follow up, Chess Training Pocket Book II, the chick has gone and ol Lev is left to ponder the position without distraction.
is this the cover, or did it have multiple ones as gp said it went through 4 publishing houses?
I think it's pretty cool. it's so tacky and dated that it kinda has that old-bond-movie charm, looking like a cross between vintage porn and an old spice ad. I can almost smell the cigar and cognac mixed with too much aftershave. ancient artifact from a world gone forever.