Reviews - What do customers think about Beat the Grandmasters?
Pit your wits against strong players - very enjoyable Feb 25, 2006
In this puzzle book you are given 351 positions to solve, all of which occurred in actual play. In fact the title is slightly misleading, in that many of the positions arose in games between players of "only" international master (IM) standard. But as far as solving the puzzles is concerned, it matters little in the end who the original players were.
The book begins with 51 relatively easy positions taken from master standard games. These are intended as a warm up exercise, in preparation for the much sterner tests to follow. I managed to solve most of them within seconds without too much difficulty, but I can't say the same about the harder positions that occur later in the book. These positions, all taken from grandmaster (GM) play, are really difficult, and often require greater skills than I can muster.
They are presented in a series of graded tests, with points awarded for solving correctly and occasionally points deducted for playing a plausible but losing move. (It is some consolation to know that GMs sometimes fall into the same trap that I fall into!). Your final points total is converted into an Elo rating. Not wanting to depress myself, I didn't bother to record my scores, but simply enjoyed pitting my wits against a series of strong players.
This review first appeared in the magazine En Passant.
hmmm not much new in here ! Jul 30, 2005
If you are looking for a new puzzlebook this is nice, but I have many already and many of the positions are seen before. I bought the book becoz of the title : Beat the Granmaster so I had exspected the lever to be harder, but many puzzles are to easy as one and two winningmoves. I I suggest it up to 1600 elo depending on your experinece with puzzlebooks.
But I will highly regcomend : The most amazing chess moves of all time from Gambit.