Hansen is a well-known grandmaster from Denmark. He has won the Danish Championship on two occasions, and represented his country in four olympiads, winning a bronze medal for his individual performance in 1990.
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An excellant book Dec 8, 2005
first off, before I begin my review, I would like to say that I not just some idiot who is reviewing a book just to give the book a good rating for a GM. I am about 1850 USCF, and 2000 strength. I have annalyzed many fantastic positions with many NMs, SMs, FMs, and quite a few IMs (notably IMs Bercys and Pruess). I came a cross this book by chance, I was looking for a stategy book, and I have always like Gambit Publishers. Therefore, I decided that this book might be an excellant book to buy. Little did I know, I was hitting the jackpot! When I got this book, i started reading it, and thought so highly of it that i read it again. This book is written by multi Dutch Champ, Lars Bo Hansen. PHere is my review and thoughts about the book. ...
Lars Bo Hansen (author of Foundations of Chess Strategy, and Endgame Strategy) does a great job with this book. Bo Hansen, who is a GM, describes the "old fogies" or people as far back as Steinitz over their strategy, he describes the way they play. Lars Bo Hansen breaks it up into Logical attackers (pragmatics), Intuitive attackers (Activists) and Positional into Reflectors and theorists. ... Reflectors are people who are good at preventing active play and Lars Bo Hansen describes playerss like Capablanca, Petrosian, Karpov ect. as "reflectors". He deeply annotates their games and show their strong and weak points. ... Theorists are described as people like Botvinnik, Steinitz ect. and he states their games deeply annotated and points out a weakness in all theorists that you should be able to capitalize on during a games. ... Also for attackers he describes activists as Anand, Shirov, Tal ect. and he does a fine job annotating some of their games including quotes from their own books! He annalyzes their games and gives an overall summory of weaknesses as in all of the other chapters. ... Bo Hansen describes "pragmatics" as people like Alekhine, Kasparov, Fischer ect. He annalyzes some of thier games and how they build up attacks. He says their weaknesses of the game and gives an overall summory of their play. ... Lars Bo Hansen writes about human factors about a touranemnt, and why in the 1985 battle of the Ks match, why Karpov won the first match +5 vs. Kasparov's 0 wins. He explains how Karpov who was more experienced then GK played the game on his terms. Which means he played thed positions that he was good in and focased on Kasparov's weaknesses. He shined the light on many ideas on how some of the top players prepared for their matches against each other (Capablanca v. Alekhine). A great book!!!! ... Overall, a excellant book I would give it 4.5-4.75 stars! Unfortunatelly I can't give it that so I give it 5! An excellant book overall HIGHLY RECCOMENDED! I can't wait until Lars Bo Hansen's next book (foundations of the endgame) comes out!