Originally posted by Blackamp
I was surprised to see this yesterday in one of the local bookshops that doesn't usually stock many chess books, and even fewer good ones.
I bought it, since it is always instructive to read the views of a master (I always learn something). Anyone read it, and have an opinion?
Please don't complain about the lack of computer checking, or that the vari ...[text shortened]... ropose a taxonomy of sacrifices, albeit one that he readily admits is somewhat subjective.
Spielmann was a tremendous attacking player very similar in style to the Great Mikhail Tal or a modern day shirov. He was very much against the rigid positional style of chess that reared it's head in the early part iof the 20th century through the 20's and 30's. His opening repertoire always sought to try and refute this style of chess and not without success it has to be said.
He claimed victories over the very best players of his time including a couple of wins against Capablanca, something the great Nimzowich was never able to do.
I own a copy of this book and i think it is simply charming! you will not fail to be amazed by the vision of the man. the games are both fun to play through as well as being very instructive.
Along with the Art of The Checkmate and the games collections i have featuring Tal and Alekhine it's my most treasured possession.
You will have fun!!