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Product Details

  • Series: Everyman Chess
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman Chess; 1st edition (December 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857442741
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857442748
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,715,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What do we understand by brilliancy in chess? The author delves back into history to examine how this concept has developed, before presenting a dazzling array of brilliant games from the past few decades ¿ the prize-winners as selected by grandmaster panels for each issue of the Yugoslav Chess Informator between 1968 and 1998, all of which have been subjected to a critical, computer-based anaylis.
Apart from providing hours of pleasure, a study of these masterpieces will also surely help to add a sparkle to your own play!

About the Author

Lakov Damsky is an experienced radio and TV commentator and author of several books for Everyman - The Art of Defence in Chess (with Lev Polugayevsky 1996), Attack with Mikhail Tal (with Mikhail Tal 1994), The Heavy Pieces in Action (1997)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Ali on January 4, 2003
Damsky is a well-known chess writer; many readers will be acquainted with books that he has authored or co-authored, e.g. "The Art of Defence in Chess", "Attack with Mikhail Tal", and "The Heavy Pieces in Action." This new book of his - "Chess Brilliancy" - is interesting and instructive, but not without its shortcomings.
The heart of this book is the third chapter, 140 pages long, which examines the highest rated game from each of the Chess Informants from Numbers 4 to 72. There are also games or game fragments that didn't quite get the highest rating, but which Damsky feels are worth including. All told, there are close to one hundred games given in this third chapter.
Damsky has collated the notes from various sources. The cognoscenti are doubtless aware that Chess Informant itself published a book titled "640 Best Games 64 Golden Games" some years back, where the ten best games from each of the first 64 Informants were presented. Unfortunately, no notes accompanied the games. To this extent, Damsky has performed a service for the chess public. The notes explain the ideas in words, and some lines are also given, but of course, this analysis can't match that given in Informant itself, nor is it comparable to the analysis given in the recent books by Nunn and Stohl.
Besides performing the service of giving these "best games", with notes, in one book, Damsky also frequently indicates what it was that impressed the judges; it could, for example, be consummate technical skill, subtlety in manoevring, or brilliance in attack. We thus get an idea of what exactly it is that impresses the GM elite, i.e. how they conceive the game of chess. This will most likely have a salutary effect on the reader's chess-playing strength.
The cover advertises 250 games.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A.J. Goldsby I on March 21, 2003
A student of mine purchased this book several weeks ago. Last night I went to chess club and I received a copy as a gift. I stayed up for hours reading it. (And going over the games.) {I am a chess master that teaches chess (on the Internet) and builds chess sites.}
My impressions were as follows:
#1.) He claims the every first game to receive this prize was the game, Bird-Mason; 1876. (There were games before this that were mentioned as best games of various events.)
His analysis of that game is too critical. The game is very entertaining and quite brilliant - especially for that time period.
#2.) I checked several of his analysis versus dozens of copies of the "Informants." Sometimes all he did was copy the analysis and notes, and maybe flesh them out with a few comments. His analysis is almost word-for-word copies of some analysis that appears in seveal issues of the NIC Year-book.
#.3) He gives all the games names, some show a sense of humor. Titles like: "Art Imitating Life," and "Original Banality." (an oxymoron)
I went over close to a dozen games, I found at least two errors in the analysis. Some of the analysis is very critical of older games. He does NOT always give all the moves of a game, and I find this to be a drawback. He also greatly criticizes some older and well-known brilliancies, (like Bogolyubov-Alekhine, Hastings; 1922) but does not substantiate his criticisms. (In fact he is simply regurgitating analysis done by GM's like Nunn and Soltis, there seems to be little new work here.) He also gives several famous games that have been thought to be total FAKES ... (i.e., Botvinnik - Chekover); and does not even comment on this fact.
Having said all this, would I buy this book? The answer is yes.
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By Ruminator on December 5, 2013
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I give this book 5 stars simply because I enjoy chess books with great games. Bronstein's 'Two Hundred Open Games', is another work I place in this category. Damsky does a great job of looking back over note-worthy games of the past, but doesn't bog down there. He moves briskly into the modern era and doesn't hold back when it comes to showing the beauty of his selected games. Nice annotations that aren't mind numbing (he doesn't get slowed down with too many variations). Again, this is the type of game collection I enjoy - one that keeps you turning the page because you want to see the next amazing game. Well done, Iakov Damsky!
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