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Chess Fundamentals (Algebraic) Paperback – September 1, 1994
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I have been investigating the thinking methods of the old champions and this little book introduce the concept of the calculation by visualizing future positions. Capa doesn't expose details about it, but his writing help us to get the concept: visualize the goal position in mind and then try to construct it at the board. That method was repeated in Lasker's Manual writing about positional and combinatory players. In our days this conception is regained by Silman and Beim as new concepts and without proper credits to the old guys.
As any classic, get this book!
Treatise aside, this book is superb. It has a great focus on endgames and explains the opening well. The only fault I could find was that the middlegame section focused too much on combinations and not enough on positional play--however, positional play could take 100 books to fully explain, so it doesn't really matter. After reading this book, my rating on playchess.com rose by over 300 points! I highly recomend it.
The book isn't much help for the opening. Also, the chapter called "Planning a Win in the Middlegame" has nothing to do with planning. In it, he has a brief section called Attacking Without Knights in which he simply shows two short tactical combinations that don't involve knights. No attempt is made to provide any prinicples about attacking without knights. It's the sign of an author who apparently doesn't understand the difference between instruction and description.
Maybe four stars is too generous. This is not, IMHO, an "essential" chess book.
It is the algebraic edition of the original 1921 book, that was several times reprinted.
However, it contains several errors that do not appear in the previous version.
For instance: in examples 14 and 15, the white King does not appear! It does not make any difference, I agree.
In several examples, the moves reported are incorrect, being impossible. They are correct in the previous version.
In sum, this version of the classic lacks quality control. I would recommend it to a patient person.
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