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Modern Chess Strategy Paperback – Abridged, June 1, 1971
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It contains virtually all of the information contained in other classic, highly-recommended texts such as ; My System (Nimzovich), Chess Praxis (Nimzovich), The Game of Chess (Tarrasch), and The Middlegame (Books 1 & 2 by Euwe).
The major difference between Pachman's book and the others is that it is the most modern, concise, and highly readable. Some of the other titles are quite verbose and occaisionally stray from the main lesson being presented.
In short, this book contains nearly everything an aspiring chessplayer needs to know about strategy to become a strong player.
Another bonus, as with all books from Dover, is the price tag. Dollar for Dollar, you would be hard-pressed to find a better value anywhere!
Many of the topics discussed in Pachman now have specialist texts addressing them. For example, for isolated pawns, see Baburin's "Winning Pawn Structures"; for the major pieces see Damsky's "The Heavy Pieces in Action". There are numerous other examples. Pachman can be usefully employed as an introduction to these more specialised books.
Whether a player works with the abridgement or the original, I recommend he also have available Watson's "Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy", which lends perspective on the contemporary state of understanding of strategic and positional chess.
Most chess books are naturally dense. It is a fact that when you try to explain in words your plans in a chess game, someone, somewhere will find it hard to comprehend. But despite this against him, Pachman wrote a book that was not too difficult for ANYONE to understand. (I tested this by having my son read it, he is a Class D player.)
This book isn't filled with interesting positions or mind-boggling concepts for the advanced player. But if you are reading chess books as a novice player, looking to grasp a few "cool" ideas, this is a great book for you.
(It lost one star from me for it's simplicity; but if you are a Class C or below, this is a 5 star.)
[This book could raise a Class C and below's ELO by 100-150 points if studied well enough.]
Even back then, back in the days of descriptive notation, back when the Fischer-Spassky match was recent history, back when the USCF was 60,000 members strong this book was suggested to me as "The best middle game book you can buy". "My System" by Nimzowitsch can be a bit too dense for the class level player. Pachman's book is much easier to understand.
Recently, I've been reading Jeremy Silman's book "How to reasses your chess". I'm finding that now that I've read Silman, Pachman makes a lot more sense. I'm now realizing that Pachman's strategies and Silman's "Imbalances" are just different ways of describing the same thing. Once you start seeing the ideas behind the strategies THEN you really start playing chess. This book is a great step to get there.
This book, combined with Capablanca's classic "Chess Fundamentals" will give you a very strong grasp of modern chess strategy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The contents of the book are sound. However the chess notation used in the book is very hard to follow if you're not familiar with descriptive chess notation.Published 18 months ago by Prince Y Mckinney
Geeked out. Unless you are studying to be a grandmaster, pass on this. Check out, Chess for Dummies and the pc game, chessmaster. Read morePublished on June 27, 2013 by szackey
Caution, this book is in descriptive notation, useless for me. I have a lot of other chess books to read without the hassle. I have no business reviewing the book for content. Read morePublished on June 25, 2013 by ForkeyHorsey
This is one of the classics of chess middlegame instruction. Covering more or less the same ground as Nimzovich's more famous 'My System', it is a condensation of the original... Read morePublished on May 10, 2013 by R. Tobias
I purchased this book assuming it was "Modern" based on its title only to find out that it was published in 1963 and uses the Descriptive Notation and not the modern Algebraic... Read morePublished on March 18, 2013 by Bernard H. Meyer