Professor Colin Crouch is chair of the Institute of Governance and Public Management at the Business School of Warwick University. He is also the External Scientific member of the Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Societies at Cologne. He is chairman, and former joint editor, of The Political Quarterly, and immediate past-president of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE). His most recent books include: (edited, with Streeck, W.) Political Economy of Modern Capitalism: The Future of Capitalist Diversity (Sage, 1997); Are Skills the Answer? (with David Finegold and Mari Sako, OUP, 1999); Social Change in Western Europe (OUP, 1999); (with others) Local Production Systems in Europe: Rise or Demise (OUP, 2001); Postdemocrazia (Laterza, 2003) (in English as Post-Democracy (Polity, 2004)); and (with others) Changing Governance of Local Economies: Response of European Local Production Systems (OUP, 2004).
Colin Crouch was born in 1944 and has an academic affiliation as follows - London School of Economics Warwick Business School University of Warwi.
Reviews - What do customers think about How to Defend in Chess: Learn from the World Champions?
Not the typical collection of games Nov 13, 2003
The games here are very interesting. They are not the ones normally found in best-game collections. Only one of the 20 verbosely annotated games appears in the Mammoth Book of the World's Best Games (and only 3 of the lightly annotated supplemental games) and none are in Chernev's Twelve Best.
The reason for this is that these games contain subtle, high-level errors. The point is to watch the 2 great defensive players, Lasker and Petrosian, recover from their mistakes.
It is clearly a quality, well-written book, but I think you need to be at least 1700 to get much out of these games, though the annotations are full of verbal description. Defensive moves are just harder to understand than vicious attacks, and much less fun. Still, Crouch has produced another worthy addition to nearly any chess library.
Title is misdescriptive Nov 15, 2002
The title is misdescriptive; in fact the book is nothing more than 20 heavily annotated games by Petrosian and Lasker.
Examining an area not often covered in the literature Apr 18, 2002
First off, throw out the title. A more apt one would be "A Thorough Examination of 10 of Lasker's and 10 of Petrosian's Games". Yes, the book does contain many tough defensive grinds, the sort not often seen in anthologies. But there are some games (especially in Lasker's case) where the "defense" is in fact "counterattack", and therefore the entire game turns into a tactical donnybrook.
Crouch went over these games with care, and the effort shows. The topic of defending may not be as popular as one of the 60,000 "Attack the King" books out there, which is all the more reason to read this book. Salvaging a draw from a loss is a valuable thing to do in chess; you see many examples of it in this book. Highly recommended.
A Book of Unexpected Thrills Dec 18, 2001
Let not the title of this book lead you elsewhere. Spurn not the book thinking it must be dull. So many players beginning to study the game want only to learn about tactics and, unfortunately, only appreciate attacking games. Surprise! You'll find them in this splendid book.
All great defenders are nothing but tacticians in disguise. Here, Colin Crouch presents ten masterpieces of defense by two great world champions, Lasker and Petrosian, champions who differed greatly in their approach to the game. Crouch's deep annotations open our eyes in these twenty games to the tactics involved in what can be so tedious in our own games: holding on to a defensible position. His ability to keep the reader absorbed is the mark of a great teacher. Has there ever been a more exciting game than Lasker-Napier, Cambridge Springs 1904? It's doubtful, and doubtful too is its ever being better annotated than here, thrill after thrill. A pity that so many non-chessplayers think our game is so stodgy!
In addition to the twenty main games, the book contains a group of well-annotated games and partial games all relevant to its primary subject. There's more in How to Defend in Chess than in a dozen other books. If you have any interest in the royal game and are not a rank amateur, buy this book. You won't be disappointed.
A truly necessary addition to chess liturature. Dec 25, 2000
There are a lot of outstanding books on attack, but very few on defense. The few books on defense have centered on game analysis and calculation focusing on details on how to approach defense. What makes this book unique is its insistance on examining the two greatest defensive geniuses, Emanual Lasker and Tigran Petrosian. As an occasional chess instructor I have to spend an lot of time trying in vain to convince beginners to Class B players to study books like this one. So many tournament games are spoilt by putting pieces on bad squares or worse dropping material. Going through the games and analysis in this book will greatly aid the aspiring player. Now if only I can get my students to actually go through the games and analysis.