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  1. 23 Nov '08 19:14
    Books That I Would Like To Have (In No Particular Order)

    I won't be listing any opening manuals !!!

    If you own/have seen any of these books and can tell me something about them, please do so.

    1. My Great Predecessors 1-5

    I have seen the inside of these on amazon. They seem really nice. I kind of put them on hold because I own so many game collections on individual players.

    2. 15 Games And Their Stories By Botvinnik

    Seems interesting. A whole book with just 15 games. Plus I was hoping maybe they were played after the 100 games book.

    3. Half A Century Of Chess By Botvinnik

    Another game collection. Hopefully also after the 100 games book, which ends pretty early in his career.
    Also, there is another one called Achieving The Aim By Botvinnik that I am curious about.

    4. 125 Selected Games By Smsylov

    Be nice to have some more games, since the other book ends rather early in his career.

    5. Larsen's Games (I forget the actual title) By Larsen

    6. Soviet Chess 1917-1991 By Soltis

    Was a little pricey, too me at least. It seems of a very high quality (what I've read about it anyway) and may well be worth the money.
    Other notable Soltis books that are of the same mold, and that I would really like to get my hands on are
    U.S. Championship 1845-1996 And Frank James Marshall.

    7. Dynamic Chess Strategy By Suba

    My friend has a copy. He let me see one game years ago. I never forgot the originality of the game. Suba seemed like quite an original thinker. I would really love a copy, but $55-100 is too much for something originally $17.95.

    8. Botvinnik On The End Game By Botvinnik

    I don't know much about it, but there was a master I knew that swore by it.

    9. No Regrets Fischer-Spassky 1992 By Seirawan

    Another book that my friend owned. It seemed like a great book on the match.

    10. The Life And Games Of Petrosian

    A really rare book. I've seen it as low as $80. I can't afford to pay that much for a single book.

    11. Tal's Games By Clarke

    I think I would really enjoy this one. I loved the one on Petrosian. Those darn Harding Simpole Reprints are too high though, at $30 a book. You get a generic cover with the same old edition of the book (which in original publication wasn't nearly this expensive).

    Other Tal books I want.
    Tal's Games 1936-1959 ... just to complete the set.
    Tal's Games By Cafferty ... I like to see different authors on the same subject
    Shooting Star (Tal) By Golombek

    I'm gonna just go from top to bottom on my list now, instead of skipping around to the ones I really want.

    12.Howard Staunton ... I forget the author, but labate has one.

    13. Capablanca By Golombek I may have to buy a used desciptive copy because the one in algebraic with Nunn is too darn pricey.
    The Winters books seems nice too. It's expensive. Speaking of expensive, there is one on Fine too, but I don't know the author.

    14. Alekhine's Games By Kotov It would be nice to see someone besides Alekhine annotate his games !!!

    15. Spassky's Games By Soltis
    While on Spassky, Spassky-Petrosian by Clarke seems like it
    would be good too.

    16. Bobby Fischer Rediscovered By Soltis
    Soltis can be good or bad. He's usually good when he isn't writing
    opening manuals.

    17. How Karpov Wins 2nd Edition By Mednis
    I need a well annotated game collection on Karpov.
    I have one by Karpov but it didn't cover enough.

    18. A few game collection books

    Charousek's Games, Colle's Masterpieces, Flohr's Games, Janowski's Games, Schlechter's Games, Mir Sultan Khan By Coles

    19. Gligoric's Best Games

    20. Selected Games Of Lajos Portisch

    21. Korchnoi 2 Book Set
    I have an older book with Levy, but it ends too early in his career.

    22. Application Of Theory By Geller

    23. Chess On The Edge 3 Book Set By Suttles
    After all these years, he comes out with a book of his games !!!
    OTB and Postal GM ... 1. ... g6 at every opportunity

    24. World Championship All The Games ... been on the list a while
    Don't know if they revised it, but I would like a copy.
    There are a lot of matches that I haven't seen.

    25. Tal-Botvinnik Return Match By Botvinnik
    Also Smyslov-Botvinnik By Botvinnik

    26. The Soviet Championships By Taimanov (?)

    27. Soviet Championship (I forget the year) By Botvinnik

    28. Capablanca's Lectures also WChamp 21 and 27 By Capa

    29. Practical Chess Endings By Keres

    30. Kasparov DVD on the Queen's Gambit

    Someone put it on youtube (partially). I don't know if it is still there, but it was great. I watched for about 2 hours to see the Carlsbad/Exchange discussion. That was the segment they didn't post. LOL

    31. (Thanks to greenpawn and streetfighter) Chess Combinations As A Fine Art

    Reassess Workbook/ Silman's EG Course/ Dvoretsky's EG Manual

    That's really about it.

    Any opinions/details about these is most welcome.

    Thanks
  2. Donation !~TONY~!
    1...c5!
    23 Nov '08 19:33 / 1 edit
    Larsen is my favorite chess player, and I have quite a few books by/about him. I have:

    Bent Larsen: Master of Counterattack

    His best games collection, by him. It rules so hard it doesn't make any sense. Larsen has to be one of the best annotators in history!

    ZOOM 001: Zero-Hour for Operative Opening Models

    -A funny book. It's basically a repertoire book that teaches you to play Catalan/Reversed Grunfeld/Grunfeld positions by showing you an enormous amount of sparsely annotated games. Interesting to go through now to learn about those structures, but not that useful theoretically. It's a very hard book to find now though, so I'm just glad I have it as a collectors item.

    Bent Larsen: The Fighter

    A hard cover Larsen game collection. Not by him, but in Algebraic notation, so it's nice. Good book!
  3. 23 Nov '08 19:37
    Originally posted by !~TONY~!
    Larsen is my favorite chess player, and I have quite a few books by/about him. I have:

    Bent Larsen: Master of Counterattack

    His best games collection, by him. It rules so hard it doesn't make any sense. Larsen has to be one of the best annotators in history!

    ZOOM 001: Zero-Hour for Operative Opening Models

    -A funny book. It's bas ...[text shortened]... ver Larsen game collection. Not by him, but in Algebraic notation, so it's nice. Good book!
    Do you have Larsen Spiller Bird ?

    It's not in English, but it is his games with 1.f4.

    labatechess.com sales it.

    You can see a few pages of it there.
  4. Donation !~TONY~!
    1...c5!
    23 Nov '08 19:40
    I have seen and heard of this book, but I never bought it, simply because I didn't want to deal with having to try to figure out what the hell the author was saying! I have other books in Spanish and such, but they are generally theory/opening books, so I don't have to care all that much about the annotations. For a Larsen book, even if it's not by him, I think I would want the annotations!
  5. 23 Nov '08 19:44
    Originally posted by !~TONY~!
    I have seen and heard of this book, but I never bought it, simply because I didn't want to deal with having to try to figure out what the hell the author was saying! I have other books in Spanish and such, but they are generally theory/opening books, so I don't have to care all that much about the annotations. For a Larsen book, even if it's not by him, I think I would want the annotations!
    Yes, you are often left guessing. hehe

    I have Blackmar-Diemer Gambit By Gunderam.
    (Opening Analysis) I tried to convert the words with a German/English dictionary. In the end, all I ended up with was a few words in one chapter.

    The, better, white, black ... LOL

    I have his Gambit Neoffnerspug (spelling ???).
    Crazy books ... especially when you don't speak the language. hehe
    Stuff like 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Qe7 is in there.

    I also have the two Boleslavky books on openings in German.

    Stefan Bucker's book on 1.d4 e5 is German too.

    That may actually be the only ones of over 500.
  6. 23 Nov '08 19:47
    I want the Larsen book, really badly. It's another of those Harding Simpoles though. $30 is a lot to me for one book. When I look at $30 for a book or $20 for a film I have been really wanting to see, I go for the film.

    I get encouraged to lean toward the movies by my family.
    Something about them getting enjoyment too.
    I wasn't really listening. hehe
  7. Donation !~TONY~!
    1...c5!
    23 Nov '08 19:57
    Originally posted by paulbuchmanfromfics
    I want the Larsen book, really badly. It's another of those Harding Simpoles though. $30 is a lot to me for one book. When I look at $30 for a book or $20 for a film I have been really wanting to see, I go for the film.

    I get encouraged to lean toward the movies by my family.
    Something about them getting enjoyment too.
    I wasn't really listening. hehe
    Oh, the woes of not being a single engineer.
  8. 23 Nov '08 20:01
    Originally posted by !~TONY~!
    Oh, the woes of not being a single engineer.
    I could do better. I just don't like to work.
  9. 23 Nov '08 20:10
    Originally posted by paulbuchmanfromfics
    Books That I Would Like To Have (In No Particular Order)

    I won't be listing any opening manuals !!!

    If you own/have seen any of these books and can tell me something about them, please do so.

    1. My Great Predecessors 1-5

    I have seen the inside of these on amazon. They seem really nice. I kind of put them on hold because I own so m ...[text shortened]...

    Any opinions/details about these is most welcome.

    Thanks
    if what I've heard is true, one is not considered a real chess player if he hasn't finished my great predecessors I-V.
  10. Standard member najdorfslayer
    The Ever Living
    23 Nov '08 20:11
    I have my Great Predecessors Volume 4 (Fischer) It is really, realy good!
  11. 23 Nov '08 20:13 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by najdorfslayer
    I have my Great Predecessors Volume 4 (Fischer) It is really, realy good!
    it's the only chess book I've got in paper, but only the first volume. and from what I've heard, that guy is good, really good!
  12. 23 Nov '08 21:31
    I have the Larsen book. The cover is a wee bit faded but it's in good nick.

    Descriptive notation.

    I also have all the games collections you listed.
    I really only play over games collections.

    Will swap Larsen book for anything on the ending

    Seriously will swap, what you offering?
  13. 23 Nov '08 23:04
    Originally posted by greenpawn34

    I also have all the games collections you listed.
    I really only play over games collections.

    Will swap Larsen book for anything on the ending

    Seriously will swap, what you offering?
    That is quite the most disgusting thing I've heard recently GreenPawn - remind me to deliberately ignore you next time we meet!
  14. 23 Nov '08 23:08
    I have the Kasparov 'Great Predecessors' books volumes 1 to 4. (2 of them in Czech language..time to kill in prague last year...long story)

    Hopefully getting #5 from Santa (well, my girlfriend-but she's overweight with an abundance of facial hair too so it's much the same thing)

    I'd recommend them, not so much for the analysis (which is heavy going in places) but for the potted histories/biographies and amazing games.

    Also good for the history/evolution of certain openings is Revolution in the 70's'.
  15. 24 Nov '08 01:05
    Hi Paul,

    Looked again through your list - you have nothing I really want.
    (If I really wanted a chess book I'd go without food just to get it).

    PM your address, or an address and I'll send you the Larsen Book free.

    it will be my christmas present to you.

    It's OK but have not looked at it for about 6-7 years.