Originally posted by prosoccer
Wondering if any of you have read it. I bought it today for a dollar so it is no big investment for me, but for those of you who have read it, is it any good?
Out of the six hundred chess books in my active library, I have read or utilised at least two hundred.
Of these two hundred, hands down, THE CHESS MIND by Gerald Abrahams is the finest, most intelligent, most inspiring, most perceptive chess book I have ever read. (Runners-up are works by Marovic, Bronstein, Franco, Aagaard, Smyslov, Botvinnik, Lipnitsky, Gufeld, Znosko-Borovsky, Vukovic, Eingorn, and Suetin.)
After all, moves in chess reflect ideas, and THE CHESS MIND is a book about where the ideas come from. (In his own career, Gerald Abrahams was one of the few British masters able to defeat Sultan Khan.)
His chapters include How Battles are Won or Lost, Imagination, Thinking, Empirical Chess. . . My first copy is in tatters on my shelf -- and, is layered within the cerebral folds of my mind.
Without hesitation I buy every copy of this treasure I can find. I just purchased another today.