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The Best Move Paperback – April 9, 2014
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Vlastimil Hort is a Czech-born German chess Grandmaster. During the 1960s and 1970s he was one of the world's strongest players and reached the 1977–78 Candidates Tournament for the World Chess Championship, but never qualified for a competition for the actual title. Hort was born in Kladno, Czechoslovakia and was a citizen of Czechoslovakia for the first part of his chess career, winning national championships in 1970, 1971, 1972, 1975, and 1977. He achieved the Grandmaster title in 1965 as a Czechoslovak citizen. While playing for Czechoslovakia he won a number of major tournaments gaining recognition as one of the strongest non-Soviet players in the world. This led to him representing the "World" team in the great "USSR vs. Rest of the World" match of 1970, where he occupied fourth board and had a +1 score against the Soviet Grandmaster Lev Polugaevsky—in some regards his greatest result. He defected to the West after the 1985 Tunis Interzonal, moving to West Germany and winning the national championship of his new homeland in 1987, 1989, and 1991. Vlastimil Jansa is a chess grandmaster from the Czech Republic (formerly Czechoslovakia). A loyal servant of the Czechoslovak Chess Championship, he was the national champion in 1964, 1974 and 1984. Indeed, prior to the splitting into Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1993, he finished in the top three on no fewer than fourteen occasions.
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Top Customer Reviews
I purchased a copy of this book in the 1980's. My original copy travelled with me to many countries and had been loved to death -- ultimately the binding gave out. The book was out of print for many years and I was unable to replace my damaged copy. I was delighted to see that the rights were picked up again and a new edition was published. I ordered it, opened it and was immediately disappointed.
The quality of the printing of the new edition is very poor. The new edition was apparently a digital transfer of the old edition, rather than a newly typeset edition. The transfer is about as bad as anything I've ever seen. The cover has lost all the crisp detail of the original, and is marred by digital artifacts. The diagrams have lost detail and become dark and muddy. Another aspect of the printing is that the cover stock has a waxy, greasy feel to it. If you look carefully at Amazon's "Look Inside The Book" these flaws are evident. (NOTE: I will attempt to post comparison images from the original edition). I give the production values of the new edition 1/5 stars.
The new edition adds a preface by Sam Stone, the new copyright holder for the text. It gives a rambling bit of history - which probably should have been proofread prior to publication-- of those involved in the making of the original book. Through Sam's view of this history, it's obvious that he loves chess and loves this book. I am baffled by why he would let it go to press in such terrible shape.
If you are looking for a great book of difficult chess problems from actual games, you will probably find Jacob Aagaard's books in the Grandmaster series a better value for the money. The books will not disintegrate on you and the games are more recent. But if you have already worked through all of the Aagaard's books, you should buy this, despite the problems with the binding. These are not white to moves and win problems, but are similar to the types of positions you will see in actual games.