The British grandmaster Tony Miles was an accomplished swindler. See also Bouaziz-Miles below. He provided a stunning example of using active play to save a lost position in Miles- Short , London In the left-most position, Miles White is two pawns down and has no way of saving his pinned knight. Many players would resign here, but Miles played on and succeeded in perpetrating "a monstrous swindle.
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I agree that this book is entertaining. But, maybe a chess book that coverst traps, tactics and swindles should be? I just got "Winning Chess Traps for Juniors" and found it to cover a wonderful number of tactics in the openings. I also go " Winning Chess Sacrifices and Combinations" and though not all are easy to solve and I think some mistakes in the book it also has done me a world of good.
I simply suggest getting these three books and if you study them carefully, you will be a big winner at chess!!!! More entertaining than instructive By Reviewed By Children on Jun 15, I found the strong point of this book to be that it contained a lot of interesting tactics and swindles.
Not so much on opening traps and the tactics and swindles are no really arranged in what I would call a learning order. This book is more to entertain, and as long as that is known then there is nothing wrong with it. The opening tactics are better in that book. But, if you want a good variety of tactics and especially the swindles that makes this book unique then this is what you are looking for.
Good for tactics but not a great book if you want a book on opening traps By Jason Fisher on Jun 13, "Chess Traps: Pitfalls and Swindles" is a decent book on general tactics.
The examples of some of the swindles are enjoyable, and instructive. But when I think of a book on chess traps I think of a book like "Winning Chess Traps" that focuses on traps and tactical ides in the opening.
But if you are looking for an interesting book on general tactics, then this is certainly a decent book. If you are looking for a book on traps in the opening look elsewhere. Try to look at and read the reviews. I purchased this book many years ago and it is a very poor book. This book may have some entertainment value but not much educational value. You will never find this book on a recommended reading list.
This is just another in a long line of poor chess books from Fireside Chess Library. I have over chess books sickness and this is one of the worst. It took me a couple years before I figured out a good method of buying new books.
I made many poor choices and wasted hundreds of dollars. If you click on my name you will get my personal information and see a recommended study list. I put together this list of books and software with only one thing in mind If you want to get better at chess this list will give you the most bang for your buck.
This is one of those books. I fear that Horowitz may also be culprit here, too, as his slipshot approach to writing is evident here. All the traps are taken from master games, with a number of them showing the master swindling an amateur. Also, even though the book has diagrams, some of the traps take up several diagrams leaving much less real substance to this book than one might think.
The layout of the book is reads like a novel, but is poor for studying. There is no index or contents revealing players, openings, etc. I originally bought this book some 15 years ago on the recommendation of a friend. Ultimately, this book fails in the role as an opening traps book and middle game puzzle book for all of the above reasons. As a result, it has remained on my bookshelf in virtually unused condition. Chess is a game and games are supposed to be fun.
Anyway, I first read this book many years ago and it is still fun. It is a little over-priced, but, since most of us tend to buy over-priced yet less permanent things every day without concern. In the long run, it should be more economical in than that last latte. By Axhed on May 13, this was the first chess book i ever bought, almost ten years ago. Written for Entertainment By Raymond C. Sollars on Jan 08, This book was written long ago and was never meant to be an instructional manual on tactics.
It is a hilarious comedy of chess positions with swindles and tricky tactics in them. I love the quote it has from Wilhelm Steinitz, the first world champion of chess, "A chess swindle which succeeds no matter how clever, fills me with artistic horror! It really changed the way I play chess.
It helped me be much more clever and inventive in my midgame and using the tricks on my opponents was loads of fun for us both. First book I ever bought on chess! By William C. Parr on Jan 06, This was the first book I ever bought on chess.
It was a joy to read, and pulled me in to the richness and complexity of the game. Highly recommended. Bill Parr I loved this book 50 years ago, and hope my son loves it as much. By Caroll Foster on Dec 25, This is an older printing of a book I had when I was a kid learning to play chess almost 50 years ago.
I am sure some chess teaching has moved forward, but I cannot believe that the lessons taught in this kind of book are any less valuable than they were when I read it ragged as an eager pre-teen. Hope my son finds it equally amusing and insightful. Ignore the "predictable" comment made aboveAmazon requires some answer to that limited question before it allows you to write the rest of your review.
Not An Instruction Book By Long Tom on Jul 15, Like other reviewers have said, this book is more entertaining than instructive, and is meant for players with some experience. There is a section in the middle about common opening pitfalls, and how even experienced players can get careless and fall into them.
In other words, they can commit dumb-dumb mistakes due to time pressure, or failing to spot certain aspects of the overall position, or simply not thinking of what the opponent can do. Risks can be taken-but as the name implies, risks can go wrong as well.
The entertainment comes from the fact that you can see the great masters make goofs, and the reader can laugh at them for it, as well as traps that are so deep you are impressed how they work out. But for beginners requiring instruction, other books would be more suitable. Uses old notation that I cannot understand for the life By Dan on Apr 07, Uses old notation that I cannot understand for the life of me.
I would avoid this purchase. But this book helped avoid so of my positional mistakes. An adult book, but good for teaching kids. Great book, with great tips. By Michael Sexton on Jan 24, This book helped my game a lot. Is you are not familiar with old scientific chess notation, this might be a little difficult at first, but worth the time invested.
Great book. Uses older chess reference system but one of the best books I have ever owned By Dempsey on Oct 09, Uses older chess reference system but one of the best books I have ever owned.
Actually replaced a copy I purchased 40 years ago and is one of the best books to explain what to do as you enter the mid-game.
Or snatching victory from the jaws of defeat in end games. Highly recommend this to intermediate level players. This particular edition is in a Paperback format. This books publish date is Oct 27, It was published by Everyman Chess and has a total of pages in the book. To buy this book at the lowest price, Click Here. Similar Books.
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