Originally posted by Eladar
I don't recall even seeing anything about Evan's book.
I'm just getting into the open file chapter of Stean's book and learned something new. I learned that if a rook can't use the file to invade your opponent's position, then the open file is of little use. It is also a good idea to have your king next to the open file to control the file and prevent t and use them.
Thanks for posting the books, this thread will be a nice reference.
Are you referring to "New Ideas In Chess" by GM Larry Evans? If so, I have a paperback version. I met Larry Evans at a simultaneous exhibiton in my first Chess club in Virginia about 1969 or 1970 when I was just beginning to get interested in chess enough to join a chess club.
I didn't play him for I was too intimidated to try to play a grandmaster, but I bought that book. I did not have a lot of time to devote to learning chess at that time and it was several years later before I got through the book. Of course, the new ideas would be common ideas of today, but I have the old version in descriptive notation and I see that Amazon is selling a new updated version in algebraic notation.
I believe it has good information that beginners should learn. The knowledge I learned there may have helped me in my 3-way tie for first place in the Class C section of the 1982 World Open, where I came away with $4,500 in prize money. I got too busy after that and had to quit playing until my retirement a few years ago, after which I join RHP.