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Most Amazing Chess Moves of All Time [Paperback]

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Very occasionally, a chess move is played that astonishes the whole world. It may be a move of astounding complexity, unearthly beauty, deep paradox...or all three. The move is discussed and analyzed around the world as chess-players attempt to fathom both why the move works, and how on earth anyone thought of it in the first place. In this book, John Emms has selected, from hundreds of candidates, the 200 most amazing chess moves of all time. In each case, the reader is given the chance to try to find the move for himself -- making this one of the most challenging chess puzzle books ever published. He provides full solutions, focusing on what can be learned from each Amazing Move, and what made it so hard to see. These moves are not, on the whole, completely beyond the comprehension of ordinary players. A standard reaction to these Amazing Moves is "Of course! Why didn't I see that!" By studying this book, you will both improve your chess, and increase your chances of becoming the proud player of an Amazing Move, rather than being the dumbfounded victim.

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Pages   191
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.27" Width: 5.71" Height: 0.61"
Weight:   0.63 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2000
Publisher   Gambit Publications
ISBN  1901983293  
ISBN13  9781901983296  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! John Emms is one of the UK's leading Grandmasters and has captained the English Team at two Chess Olympiads. He's a highly respected author of over 20 books as well as an experienced coach who has worked with many top players.
Glenn Flear is one of the most popular Grandmasters on the international tournament circuit. He is an experienced trainer and has coached some of the UK's leading junior players. He is resident in France.
Andrew Greet is a young International Master and one of the UK's most rapidly improving players. In 2005 he scored a perfect 11/11 in the British National League, the first time any player had achieved this remarkable feat.

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Emms ... on great chess moves.  Oct 30, 2003
Before you read my review, you should know that I am a Life-Master of Chess.

And lately, it seems I have been bashing books - my reviews have generated a lot of e-mail - some has been rather negative. But I am always honest, and I always try to point out any flaws or mistakes that I find. As the man says: "I call 'em the way I see 'em."

So it is with a great deal of pure joy that I tell you ... I LOVED THIS BOOK!!
(In fact, I have created several new web pages ... just with the material that this book contains. With a search engine, you should find it easily.)

This book is NOT perfect; I have found quite a few errors. For example: on page # 168, (second column); the note after move after move 35.Ne6, the author gives: "Also losing is 35.Rdb1, Nh3+; 36.Ke1," etc. BUT 35...Nh3 is NOT the best move. (35...Ne4 is MUCH better.) In fact, ...Nh3 is NOT even check!!

And I do not entirely approve of the author's "Top Ten." #1 is from a game where the loser said it was, "one of the worst games he ever played." (But all losers might say this!) His number five is almost an exact copy, (in type, AND theme); to his number one. And on it goes. Games from lesser-known players, games of questionable content, moves that are NOT even real double-exclams. (Real mistakes are the lack of some simple, thorough player and position indexes.)

BUT!!!! All these are minor quibbles, really. (The author covers this ground in his intro.) Consider all the really FANTASTIC THINGS that this book offers:
# 1.) 200 of the BEST - and most astounding - chess moves ever played;
# 2.) EVERY phase of the game is covered. (Opening, middle-game, end-game.);
# 3.) Some really GREAT analysis, I estimate the author worked at least a year on this book. The analysis of some of the moves (alone) ... is worth the price of the book! The author holds NOTHING back!! In one of the examples, the author points out things like themes, recurring tactics, and opening traps!!

Chess IS tactics. And this book is really all about tactics. And there are no easy ones in here. I had my daughter pick about 30 problems at random. Half of these I knew, they are from fairly well-known chess games. But of the ones I did not already know the answer to, I correctly solved only three problems!! (I don't count problems where I guessed the solutions.) If a Master needs to work on this area, how about you?

At last - a FUN book, that if used intelligently - will help you get better at chess. And once you have spent some time with this book, you will have a smile almost as big as mine! Outstanding!!

Interesting Book  Sep 5, 2000
This is a book to be read for fun, though stronger players might like to test their analytical and tactical mettle on the problem positions given. A set of problems, drawn from real play, is given in each of ten chapters. Each set is followed by detailed solutions and annotations. The problems require ingenuity coupled with disciplined analysis. The solutions to many are enough to elicit a startled gasp. While the book should appeal to all players above 1600, it seems best suited as training material for ambitious 2100 players trying to break through to 2200 or 2300 strength.

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