Last updated: 19th October 2011

Exeter Chess Club's library is sitting in a number of cardboard boxes in my attic. If you want to borrow any of them, please send a pigeon attached to a message in the usual way.

Status: MIA = Missing

Notation: A = Algebraic, D = Descriptive











Otherwise good books...

Otherwise Good Books with a Confidence-Sapping Error in the Very First Diagram:

Gerzadowicz, S - Thinker's Chess (Thinker's Press)
McDonald, N - Defence in Chess (Master Class)


Otherwise Good Books with a Confidence-Sapping Cover (before you ever get to a Diagram):

My current favourite is Play Anti-Indian Systems by Egon Varnusz, cover by Pintail Design for Maxwell Macmillan Chess (published in 1991).

Review: Zurich 1953 - Bronstein

Guest review by Russell Gooding

 David Bronstein. His classic book Zurich International Chess Tournament 1953,and the average club player.

 In 1953 David Bronstein was already a proven world class chess player. Only two years previously - following a candidate's playoff against his lifelong friend Isaac Boleslavski - he had drawn a most dramatic match for the world title.

Review: Tal-Botvinnik 1960 - Tal

[This review has been submitted for publication in KingPin Magazine.]

Tal-Botvinnik 1960: Match For The World Chess Championship

  by Mikhail Tal, trans. Hanon Russell. pub. Russell Enterprises 1996

iv+214 pp.

  What do you mean, you haven't read Tal's book of the first match with Botvinnik? I admit I hadn't before, although I knew it is a common choice for the top ten chess books ever written. The book itself starts with a confession:

The trouble with writing books

is not what you put in them, but what you have to leave out.  I've written a series of chess books with Tim Onions, the latest of which will be published next week.  But oh, the pain I go through when we decide to leave out important ideas and examples.  Anyhow, if you're curious about what we might have put in if the books were a bit longer, we have some free extra examples.

Returning to chess

I just had a nudge from an old sparring partner who is looking to get back into chess again. What advice might you give?

Practise, study, review your games...  So much, so obvious.


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