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My System: 21st Century Edition Paperback – 1991
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For many years, Nimzovich was known as the ''Stormy Petrel'' of the chess world. Today, his profound theories of positional chess are accepted as a matter of course, and a knowledge of them is essential to every player who wants to improve his game. My System describes a theory of chess; it also describes the character and genius of its author.
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As a beginner and as one who does not have the memory capability for retaining the various prior positions of pieces on the board after reading through many moves, I think that the book should make use of more diagrams showing the pieces after various moves (but not after every move), in order to aid learning.
I realize that my recommended changes would substantially increase the number of pages in the book, which would increase its cost to the reader. It would also be advisable to enlarge the page size of the soft cover book in order to "open up" the copy to make it less formidable in appearance. This, too, would add to the reader's cost, but I think the additional cost would be well worth it to the reader, for this is a great teaching book and it could be even greater if it were redesigned by an expert contemporary book designer.
I rated this book 4 stars only because of its shortcomings in design. In content, it is obviously a five star book that is essential reading with or without my design recommendations.
During the early 1900's, he was one of the best over-the-board players, just below championship level.
After studying this book, the follow-up step would be to read his book "The Praxis of My System".
It may be difficult to understand at first.
In my opinion one has to read this at least twice.
It's a book that provokes and challenges you to think differently about chess.
One may have to read each chapter with a dictionary available.
The 50 illustrated games in part 3 are highly instructive.
I recommend My System, but it is tough.
I feel ripped off.
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Like the least - horrible photocopy, faded out pages, unreadable text. Deleted from my Kindle and will buy the paperback.