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Dynamic Chess Strategy: New Edition of a Modern Classic Paperback – July 7, 2016
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International Grandmaster Mihai Suba is a former Romanian champion and Senior World Chess Champion.
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I think it's a new way to present chess books that I find very interesting.
Suba has updated this classic in the second edition. The changes include:
* He has been able to take more liberties as a raconteur, since the advent of Romanian democracy means his friends and relatives need no longer fear retaliation. Thus Suba describes how, in his first job as a computer programmer for the Romanian regime, the dramatically underpowered computing equipment at the garment factory really did not need a staff of 12, so he discovered them all playing chess when he arrived for his first day. Already a strong IM, Suba could not resist the impish impulse to stare out the window for "inspiration from the clouds" as he played the staff's previous champion. Soon he was playing a blindfold simul against 6 staff members, whom he mowed down quickly--except for the manager, whom he permitted to play on the longest (of course!). When Suba asked how it was that they could play so much chess, the manager replied, "We work for the state: they pretend to pay us, we pretend to work!" Suba leavens the book with many such humorous anecdotes, making this the rare work that rates very highly both for fun and for instruction. If I could spend an evening with just one GM, I would pick Suba--the guy overflows with mirth and insight.
* In a new introduction, Suba responds to the champions and critics of his first edition. Just for fun, he sprinkles in about 20 test positions from recent play; solutions are at the back.
* Aided by computing power which was not available in 1992, Suba has upgraded the analysis of the 36 games. In fact, Suba notes that Fritz has overturned the verdict on 4 of the seemingly game-winning combinations from the first edition.
Suba's annotations are absolutely first-rate for the advanced club player rated 1700+ who wants to improve. I would consider the book to be less suitable for beginners and intermediates, though, because you need to learn the rules before you learn how to break them. From the black side, most of Suba's games feature the Hedgehog, in which he allows his opponent a strong space advantage in return for excellent piece coordination that serves as a springboard for ferocious counterattacks. From the white side Suba generally played queen pawn openings by transposition from the English Opening (in order to discourage many of the hypermodern responses such as the Indian defenses and the Gruenfeld).
In summary, this is one of the few chess books that I plan to re-read, and I enthusiastically recommend it.
The publisher provided a review copy of this book to me in exchange for my honest review. My ratings of the publisher's books have ranged from 3 stars to 5 stars.