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Chess positions for solving as as old as the game itself, and provide stimulating and beneficial exercise for chess-players. However, while there is an abundance of books on chess puzzles, and much specialist literature on studies and problems, there is an amazing dearth of guidance for solvers. In this reissue of a classic text, John Nunn, a top-class grandmaster who is also one of the world's finest solvers, explains the methods advocated, while targeted at the solving of composed positions, may also help players find startling tactical solutions in their games. "Solving in Style" also constitutes an entertaining and insightful introduction to the world of problems and studies. There are chapters on series problems and other unorthodox stipulations, and also a discussion of specific themes such as the Novotny interference.
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More About John Nunn
In their desire to preserve as much of the communityA[a¬a[s history as possible, authors John Nunn and Judith Nunn Alley searched for people across the country with family ties to Galax. Those who have willingly made their family photo albums available share in the act of preserving the history of this beautiful little town in the mountains of Southwest Virginia.
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Stellar book!! -- wish I could give 6 stars. Feb 12, 2003
This book seems primarily aimed at practical players, with the purpose of introducing such players to the problem-solving world. As my title indicates, I think Nunn succeeds admirably. Here are just some of the book's outstanding features: 1) Great balance between many different areas of problem-solving. Almost everything covered -- retrograde analysis, endgame studies, series-movers, helpmates, selfmates, direct mates etc. etc. (No fairy pieces, however, but I agree with this omission since if you change the pieces you don't really have a "chess problem".) 2) Perfect balance between problems to solve and problems analyzed. Solving problems are what the book's all about. On the other hand, reading through a solution is also enjoyable and often instructive. I very much like Nunn's balance between the two. 3) Unchanged since the original in 1985. Hats off again, since the common practice of making very minor changes, and then asking previous readers to waste their money on a new edition is an unfortunate one. This book admits up front that almost no changes were made. 4) An emphasis on original problems that are not likely to have been seen by many readers. I think Nunn was very wise not to bore us by further discussion of Reti's K and P v K and P study, Saavedra's ending etc. We've seen them too many times already!