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Spassky: Move by Move (Everyman Chess) Paperback – January 7, 2016
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Zenon Franco's massive 464 page work, featuring over 60 of Spassky's best efforts, is arranged by theme ... rather than chronologically. Although there is one game from the 1992 match with Fischer the author wisely draws from Spassky's most fertile period (late 1950s to 1970s) when he was at the peak of his powers and showing the wide range of skills that make him one of the most versatile of the world champions. Again the move by move format is used to engage the reader. Franco's book serves as an excellent introduction to one of the most popular of world champions. We can only hope for a miracle that Spassky, in very poor health, can still find the energy to do his own book of best games. Until then this is the book on Boris. (John Donaldson, International master, International Master www.JeremySilman.com)
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Zenón Franco is a Grandmaster from Paraguay, now living in Spain. He represented Paraguay, on top board, in seven Chess Olympiads, and won individual gold medals at Lucerne 1982 and Novi Sad 1990. He's an experienced trainer and has written numerous books on chess.
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Franco's book starts with a 45 pages of bio and game fragments elucidating Spassky's style of play, then 40 deeply analysed games. Most of the games are grouped around Spassky's opening preferences: Saemisch KID, Exchange Gruenfeld, Ruy Lopez, Sicialian, TMB Queen's Gambit, Sicilian and Kings Gambit (with emphasis on understanding middle-game themes, rather than highly detailed variations on 45-50 year old opening theory). Boris generally played in a classical style full of fighting quality chess. Franco's largely word-prose descriptions are understandable to 1500s and above. Most pages feature a diagram and the usual Move by Move question to prompt the reader to think about the next move or describe the plan. The author was once rated #117 in the world and during his years of international tournament play, he actually played Spassky and other world champions on eight occasions.
Franco is an experienced chess-book writer and trainer. This book is much better than the long out-of-print Soltis and Cafferty books on Spassky, and it nicely complements Kasparov's outstanding coverage in Predecessor series. The Move by Move format slows the reader down with a cue on every page to look deeper into the next move; I benefit from this pre-selecting by the writer as Franco is very direct in his explanations. Spassky's own writings frequently refer to his attention for when the play reaches a 'crisis' and difficult decisions/actions must be taken. This is really a best games collection, rather than a teaching manual. The opening analysis is good, but not particularly deep with little reference to current 21Century theory. Most games are do not go beyond 40 moves, making the emphasis on attack and middle resolution. Readers do not get to see how Spassky was a great end-game artist when needed. All of Spassky's career is covered, however, I would have like more from his late 1950s period during his slashing attacking phase. I suspect a truly great book is available in Russian, but this is and the Kasparov Predecessor 3 are the best available current books.