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Risk & Bluff in Chess: The Art of Taking Calculated Risks Paperback – October 7, 2015
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I play chess as an hobby. I have an FM title and Correspondence chess GM title.
1) This book is very interesting, and is very entertaining. Fun to read!
2) it is not a classical book, showing you how to play in a classical position.
It shows risky moves (sometimes just crazy!). moves that would open your eyes, and ask yourself if it is really sound.
3) level 1600-2800 fide, wide range. (under 1600, games are won by tactics) This book is also about tactics, but in a not clear way, result not known, circumstances sharp, players on the edge)
4) Sometimes, great masters take risks (not all sound or correct), but how much is sound and how much is calculates risk? What is the boundary between the truth and imagination?
5) ie: Tal, Shirov (even kramnik and carlsen !!!), taking decisions that are at the edge. maybe sound, but...... Not like Fischer games or kasparov's games, which were almost correct and they could escape with a draw... These are decisions that are almost bluff, almost incorrect.. but almost......
6) he also shows how this can ne risky (Mameyerov's game) and sometimes may backfire...
7) Some games from morozvich and larsen would also fit perfectly in this book.
8) So, at times when you feel like you want to get a little crazy and get out of ordinary and have the corage of that risky move, which may not be completely sound, but you really want to play...... It is these positions that he analyzes...The truth: in between, sound or not...Decisive games in which normal positions don't apply.. Something to learn for every one.
9) SUMMARY: Very easy and fun reading and also very educational...A very interesting book. Entertaining... Not a routine book...But also teaching (time trouble risky moves that win , with examples etc) The boundary between sound and unsound (fantasy) ? sound vs unsound......
I would recommend this book for beginner to GM level. it gives clear examples of how sometimes it is OK to "get crazy" or "original" depending how the result turns out! Human weaknesses and strengths.. You have to apply it to yourself.. Everyone would get something different form this book.