Originally posted by mchill
When I was playing in ICCF tournaments back in the 80's, some of my opponents from eastern Europe and I would exchange chess literature. Being an American I was curious what chess literature from Russia, Poland, East Germany etc. was like, since most chess players from those countries were generally stronger players than Americans. I was surprised at how litt ...[text shortened]... or is chess skill more a matter of hard work, and making maximum use of the information we have?
I also played ICCF tournamenst at same period 1979-82, and I played woth Americans, Argentinians, Germans and Soviet players. They expressed hunger toward Chess Informants. I had them for cheap price, and when I sent them a couple, only a couple, they had been so grateful, that they'd sent me mountains of chess books in Russian.
They had tremendous good chess handbooks. I still have Nimtzowich "Moya Systema v Praktike", almost all Averbakhs ending handbooks, books abput Karpov, Boleslavsky, Rubinstein, "Perehod V Ensdpil" etc.
AT the same time, I however abandoned chess being not capable for hard work as Fischer and Miss Polagr and without chess teacher (neither talanted nor industrious, I think my IQ is <90).
But Soviet chess magazines were not so bad as you describe them now.
They had more pages, and more games, although they valued checkers as equal sport. (Shashki).
I have some issues of Shammati and 64 and Sahmati Bulletin from 1981 now, and I am leafing through them just now - a lot of dust arose Caugh Caugh... - look Queen Indian by Geller, I got that but I don't play the opening...