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Chess Exam: You vs. Bobby Fischer: Matches Against Chess Legends: Play the Match, Rate Yourself, Improve Your Game! (Chess Exams) Paperback – December 1, 2009
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"Aimed at all levels...Highly Recommended." -- John Donaldson, captain of US team
"A great balance between chess instruction and entertainment, this book accelerates the learning process." -- Greg Shahade, commissioner, US Chess League
"It teaches one of the most important practical skills: evaluation of the position..." -- Alex Fishbein, grandmaster
About the Author
International Chess Master, experienced coach and best-selling and award-winning author. Chess Exam and Training Guide (2004) best-seller, winner of prestigious Cramer award for Best Chess Book (Chess Journalists of America). Translated into French, Italian and Russian. Chess Exam and Training Guide: Tactics (2007) another best-seller. Chess Exam: You vs. Bobby Fischer (2009) - just out! Contributing author to the WSJ & BN best-seller Masters of Success (2004, EP). Coauthor Teaching Chess Step by Step, the chess school curriculum (2006, Garry Kasparov's Foundation).
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Just like Chess Exam and Chess Exam:Tactics, you are asked to analyze a position and answer two multiple choice questions. The first question is "who is better?" and proves to be a great way to start thinking about the game as a whole BEFORE calculating any particular move. Without this blatant query, many would start calculating without measuring king safety, pawn structure, piece activity, etc. The second question asks you to consider 4 candidate moves and decide which one is best. This makes the reader calculate FOUR lines and their possible branches! The result is much more brain practice and visualization than would normally come from other "white to play and win" type material. In essence, it forces one to focus much more on the possibilities at the board. One thing I must add is that he suggests coming up with your own candidate moves before looking at the ones he provides, and I couldn't agree with him more. I've actually used this step as an additional "test" to see if my candidates match his.
After all this work, Khmelnitsky's answers are succinct, to the point and remarkably complete, stated in relaxed and sometimes playful prose. He goes further to suggest that some positions can provide extra practice if you set it up against a friend or computer to play out; a suggestion that allows one to get even more out of the material. In addition, the author has created a scoring system, comparing your results to others who have worked on these positions before you. Finally he provides a way to measure your chess understanding and abilities over 12 distinct categories. I cannot do full justice for each of these characteristics of the book. They all add up to make it outstanding.
The added charm is that you are "teamed" with Fischer's historical opponent, and have an opportunity in each position to find the best move that was either found or missed by your "partner." For Fischer fanatics, this book may be slightly painful to play through, since your success is not only based on Fischer's lack of success, but it also shows many positions where Fischer's wins could just have easily been losses!
Khmelnitsky's books have been an outstanding aid to my chess understanding. He obviously has put a tremendous amount of work, through research and testing of positions, methodology and statistical models, all to our benefit. I feel very fortunate to have come across them.