Item description for San Luis 2005 by Alik Gershon & Igor Nor...
San Luis 2005 is the most celebrated chess tournament of the decade. There, Bulgarian Grandmaster Veselin Topalov triumphed and proved that he is a worthy successor to World Champions such as Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov. In this ambitious work Gershon and Nor analyze all the games from the tournament, but there is no danger of the reader drowning in masses of variations, as the authors clearly explain the ideas behind the moves. Tournament books used to be a familiar part of chess literature with Zurich 1953 a classic example, however such books are rare because of the huge effort they demand from the authors. Gershon and Nor have risen to the challenge and produced a book that is destined to become a modern classic, a magnificent book worthy of an extraordinary tournament. Many color photographs of the event and the surrounding Argentinean scenery help the reader feel what it was like to be at San Luis 2005.
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Good games collection Apr 10, 2008
I spotted this in a book store, the layout is fine, there shouldnt be any problem distinguishing the main moves from the analysis as other reviewers have complained, the paper quality is outstanding, only I didnt buy the copy because the cover was shredded and paying full price $40 with tax doesnt appeal to me if the book isnt in mint condition. Otherwise I would have purchased this book at full price. This is on my wish list here. Judit Polgar finished last, why was she invited and not Shirov? Her appearance weakened the quality of the tournament, shes a fine player, but finishing last proves she cannot compete against the best male players. Find me a mint copy and I will buy this book. Instead I bought a Chris Barber jazz DVD on the street for 3 bucks!
NO ONE mentioned that this site has it wrong, this book is 450 pages not 250 pages, doesnt anyone pay attention to details anymore, or is that why yall lousy chess players??
Before you purchase... Dec 3, 2007
be aware of 2 things:
1: like another reviewer mentioned, the ACTUAL GAME MOVES and ANALYSIS MOVES are sometimes identical in appearance (same font and face, same line/paragraph) and it can get a little confusing keeping track of the main lines and side lines. kind of annoying.
2: this book is for the intermediate player and up, not for beginners AT ALL. it is heavy, dense analysis (with LOTS of opening theory) and requires the reader to really invest a solid hour or two into getting the full enjoyment of a single game. it is NOT the kind of book that follows the format of: "list three moves, mention a good positional move, list three more moves, mention a tactic, list three more moves, mention an error, etc..."
with that being said:
this book does a fantastic job of really taking the reader inside of san luis and puts them right in the games of the 2005 world championship. it was a fantastic tournament, with an unusually high amount of sharp, complex games... simply brilliant chess.
Great chess tournament book! Nov 30, 2007
This is unquestionably the most detailed chess analysis of the games of the San Lois 2005 World chess championship event ever done; there are plenty of words explaining the complex variations to go along with the technical analysis. The main problem going through the notes is not the density of the notes but that the sub variations are not as clearly separated out as one could desire with the modern chess database and word programs that were available to the author's - That being said, the authors do a great job of describing the players and the history of various lines that the players are using in the games. There is also quite a lot of pictures (Probably really too many) of the players and some of the other people that made the event run smoothly. You really can't go wrong in buying this book except for its actual weight - It may well be the heaviest paperback chess book I've every owned so its not too convenient to take on trips to chess tournaments along with your notebook computer. But if you need to get some ideas in a day or two about some hyper-critical lines of openings like the English attack in the Sicilian Najdorf, or the Petroff, Queen's Indian and other often played openings variations discussed by the top players, then this is the kind of book you're going to want to look too - I only hope that the Authors Alik Gershon & Igor Nor do a similar book about the recent world championship tournament in Mexico that crowned Vishy Anand the unified World Chess Champion!San Luis 2005
San Luis 2005 Oct 26, 2007
The book arrived promptly and in great conditon. To me, price is the most important thing. The fact that it was great quality was a huge bonus. this site is amazing.
Excellent!!!! Aug 18, 2007
At last this book is issued. I think the other chess fans have been waiting for so long for this book!! There is no need to comment, all the games annotation, some color pictures, the background of this tournament etc, I think all those fans who have brought this book would be more than satisfied. The only complaint from me is that the main moves and the analysis, both the size of the words are similar, so sometimes I do not know whether the actual moves in the games, or the moves are analysis. I think they should follow gambit's book, which lay out the actual moves two by two, with bold letter, the analysis in ordinary letter, then this would even make this book even more classic. I think any chess fan should brought this book. P. S. It is a pity that in the coming event of 2007 world championship in Mexico in September, 2007, Topalov is absent, what a pity for the number two player currently in the world is not in this event!!!