Originally posted by Mad Rooki love that kind of anecdotal chess book, my last one was Tigran Petrosian, his life and his games. In it you get a real feel for the tournaments, the characters of the players involved, Geller. confident like a peacock, the sorrow and the jubilation, how the Russians teased and played Fischer, honestly the biography was often as good as the games. The video that i have seen is that Yaz is a blether (a talkative story teller), whose gift just might be in producing a thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable chess book. i gonna see if i can get it. ( i gave up on my Karpov one, it wasn't scandalous or scathing enough for my tastes, no heroes, no villains, no damsels in distress). BTW why is Yaz not president of USCF.
If you're like me, you need another chess book like you need a hole in your head. But Yasser has a new book out, Chess Duels. I knew it might be a hit when I noticed that online chess stores seemed to have a hard time keeping the thing in stock.
Now Silman's come out with the first major review of the book that I've seen:
http://www.jeremysilman.com/boo ...[text shortened]... nd unsigned copies are the same price. Yaz is saying his signature isn't worth anything? 😉
Originally posted by DivGradCurlI imagine posting the entire review might run afoul of copyright issues. Fair use usually only allows posting bits and pieces. He did give the book his highest recommendation.
Can somebody post the review? I refuse to visit Silman's site on principle. It's not that I don't think he's a talented chess writer, it's the fact that his site promotes astrology, "Western Magick", and other pseudoscience/philosophy. I mean come on.
I took a look at this book in Barnes and Noble and was very impressed. I really could not put ...[text shortened]... ections! Lastly, it has a hard cover, which is something I wish every chess book had...
Originally posted by DivGradCurlI couldn't understand what all the angst was about, so I visited the other parts of his web site. And...yes, I'm afraid so... I've been converted. I'm right this very minute surfing the net in search of crystals and any other nic-nac that will show me the way to true inner peace and happiness. And I owe it all to you and Mr. Silman's wonderful web site. I'm off now, must drive to the local mall and find those crystals.
Mad Rook, in my opinion the crap his website promotes is on the same level as Scientology, Homeopathy, etc. It's a scam and it just disgusts me frankly. I don't want anything to do with haha. Viva la culture that doesn't suck.
Originally posted by wargamer66I had a similar experience meeting Karpov- there's something about meeting them that takes you beyond the media caricatures and makes them human.
I picked up one of the signed copies, and it is quite good I think. There is lots of talk, and interesting games. I met Seirawan very briefly at the 1999 US Championship in Salt Lake City and was impressed with how nice a guy he was. He was very polite to us patzers and an all-around cool guy.