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Grandmaster Chess Move by Move: John Nunn Applies the Move by Move Approach to His Best Games [Paperback]

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A collection of John Nunn's best games from 1994 to the present day, annotated in detail in the same style as the best-selling Understanding Chess Move by Move. Throughout, the emphasis is on what the reader can learn from each game, so the book is ideal study material for those seeking to progress to a higher level of chess understanding. There is also entertainment in abundance: Nunn has a direct aggressive style, and many of his opponents in these games are ambitious young grandmasters from the generation inspired by Kasparov's dynamic chess. The book also includes all of John Nunn's compositions - problems and studies - with full solutions.

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Pages   285
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.5"
Weight:   1.16 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 15, 2005
Publisher   Gambit Publications
ISBN  1904600344  
ISBN13  9781904600343  

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Disappointing and misleading  Dec 1, 2006
John Nunn is a wonderful chess writer. His 'Understanding Chess Move by Move' is possibly the most instructive chess book ever written. And his two previous books on his own games are excellent. However this book is a major disappointment. For a start it is dishonest. It does not, though the title suggests otherwise, apply 'move by move' analysis to the games. The title is a cynical attempt to cash in on the success of his previous book using that approach. Also, unlike his other game collection books, the book also has a tired feel to it and Nunn on the evidence of this book seems fed up with chess. The book also has quite an amount of 'filler' - studies, compositions, articles on chess publishing (hardly of much interest except to chess authors). In summary this book is cynically misleading in its title and very disappointing in its content. Instead read John Nunn's other excellent books.
Detailed Analysis of Dr. Nunn's Own Games by himself - even more advanced than his "Understanding Chess"  Oct 9, 2006
As a chess player rated in the 1500s I found this author's "Understanding Chess, Move by Move" to be about right for my level, perhaps even a little beyond me. Dr. Nunn goes a step further by providing his own games in a like, move by move analysis, except the analysis gets even deeper and I found that the author expects you to have a solid foundation and understanding of concepts when tackling his analysis. This is a book for the advanced player, or at very least an intermediate player at the top end. A big easier reading using the move by move concept for the advanced beginner and intermediate player would be "Unbeatable Chess Lessons" (2 volume set), which is also good. I also liked Chernev's "Logical Chess" but it is too repetitous and outdated.
The Chernev bashing was totally unnecessary!  Sep 1, 2006
I don't see how saying such negative things about a dead man is going to help anything, John! (Except maybe your ego!)
Sleight of hand with the title; otherwise, excellent  May 12, 2006
Excellent book. If you buy Nunn's books sight unseen as a matter of course, you should buy this book sight unseen. The usual high quality of his work is evident in this book.

However, minus 2 stars for the subtitle, and the chicanery I think was involved in selecting it.

Nunn wrote "Understanding Chess Move By Move" (hereafter UC) a book ,geared for the intermediate player (though advanced players could benefit as well). He commented on nearly every single move in that book, offering verbal reasoning when warranted. An excellent book.

The subtitle of the book under review is misleading. This is not really the "move by move" approach of "UC" but an failed (in my opinion) attempt to dummy down his analysis to a slightly higher level than what was presented in "UC."

By using titles that nearly mirror each other "Grandmaster Chess Move By Move" vs "Understanding Chess Move by Move", additional confusion is evident.

I believe that the title of this book and subtitle of this book were designed to get (the many) readers of "UC" to think that they were getting a book very close in tenor to "UC."

This is not the case.

Nunn tactitly admits this in his introduction, essentially saying that this book was written for a higher level of chess player than was "UC."

That major quibble (in my opinion) aside, this book can be studied with enjoyment and pleasure, and is recommended highly for those willing to go over thoroughly annotated games.
Many hours of wonderfully instructive reading  Feb 17, 2006
Since he is now more or less retired from active chess, John Nunn has taken advantage of his increased leisure time to bring his best games collection up to date, the present volume dealing with the years 1993-2003.

John Nunn is well known for his detailed analysis of his (and other people's) games, and at times in the past this has led to some criticism on the grounds that the annotations get in the way of the game. Mindful of this, and taking heart from the success of his previous book ;Understanding
Chess Move By Move,' he describes his approach as follows: "I have tried to comment on every significant moment in the
game, keeping the explanations as general as possible and avoiding getting bogged down in too much analysis except where the position really demands it." The end result is a really wonderful collection of 46 games and part games, well up to the usual impeccable Nunn standard.

The games alone would be well worth the money, but there are more goodies to follow. For there is also a section containing 25 studies composed by the author, and 18 problems, all with solutions. There are then two short final chapters, which I found particularly interesting. The first contains Nunn's views on the present state of the chess world, which are in general pretty pessimistic. He traces most of the problems to the Short-Kasparov breakaway in 1993, and he sees no reason to be optimistic for the future. The second short chapter deals with chess publishing, and the precarious situation facing both authors and publishers alike. He uses this opportunity to vent
both his frustration and wrath on Batsford in particular, with some justification as he and many others were treated very badly by Batsford in the 1990s and lost out financially.

With John Nunn you always know that you will get good value for your money, and that is certainly true of this latest book. There are many hours of wonderfully instructive reading contained within its covers, and I guarantee that you will not be disappointed.

This review first appeared in the magazine En Passant.

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