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HOW I BEAT FISCHER S RECORD (Judit Polgar Teaches Chess) [Hardcover]

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  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Gazelle (21 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907982191
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907982194
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 18.5 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I have chess books on most aspects of our favourite game. I now find that the best type for me are those such as this one where a top player annotates his/her games giving their insights in explanatory form rather than the (somewhat overwhelming) variation spaghetti. At a lowly 1500 level I am not trying to find the ultimate truth in a position but simply hoping to understand what is going on.

Example books include those recent-ish ones by V. Bologan, B. Gulko and of course Fischer's 60. Judit's book is an excellent example of the genre. She achieves this by inserting a paragraph, sometimes two or three, of informative discussion notes at key moves in her games. That said, there is certainly enough variation analysis at the most critical junctures to satisfy the most avid analyst.

It is those conversational elements, almost mini chess lectures, which I find the most valuable part of the book. An example may help ...page 178... "Having occupied the open file first, Black (Judit) can dictate the circumstances under which the exchange of rooks will be carried out. Capturing on a2 [by her] would [only] lead to a draw as a fortress could be built which is even easier to defend than that examined previously. Instead I invited my opponent to carry out the exchange himself and improve my structure in the process..." Although the passing of the capture in this example isn't so deep of itself it is in the associated notes about the possibility of the defensive fortress, its resilience and the lulling of an opponent into a drawish state of mind which provides the key insight. The book is full of such gems.

Have a look at the book's Contents page and judge for yourself how many interesting aspects of are covered.
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5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring 15 Nov 2012
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This reveals just how heavily the Polgars were coached and how rapid their progress was. One can see Marin has a hand in writing this as I recognise his influence in annotations, very clear game annotations. Concentration is on tactics and endings not so much on openings though some model games inTaimanov /Scheveningen
Some interesting pictures e.g of the young Polgar's opening files or Two of the sisters playing blindfold, howevera few of the pictures are repetitive and waste space.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book of the decade 2 Nov 2012
By A. Ali - Published on Amazon.com
Before I even start reviewing the book, let me comment on the sterling production quality: the paper and binding of this 382-page are superb. Handled carefully, the book will last a lifetime. And this is important because the book is of enduring value.

There are many good books that have been published recently -- for example, Hendrik's "Move First, Think Later" and Tukmakov's "Modern Chess Preparation." But Polgar's book is in a league of its own. The contribution of Mihail Marin to making this a book from which a player can learn can clearly be seen.

The notes are the right combination of insightful verbal commentary mixed with just enough concrete analysis to lend it credence. Often there is just a discussion of the ideas, plans, and themes because concrete moves and variational analysis would be redundant (like "Tal-Botvinnik 1960" by Tal, "Zurich 1953" by Bronstein or the books by C.J.S. Purdy). Nowhere will a reader get lost in a jungle of variations. The emphasis is on insight and understanding. This kind of book is the most difficult to write because what is being conveyed is chess *wisdom*. To give a stray example, take the position given on p.78 (Farago-Polgar 1986, 3r2k1/p1r1qpbp/1pnpp1p1/8/2P1PP2/1P3BP1/P5QP/3RR1BK); the notes are:

"Both sides have good development, but White has more space and the bishop pair. With his last move, Qd2-g2, my opponent created the threat of e4-e5, but failed to understand the importance of keeping the c3-square under control

"Black's main trump is the weakness of the d4-square, but unfortunately ...e6-e5 would leave my bishop passive. Therefore, I decided to take advantage of White's previous inaccuracy and place the bishop in front of my pawn chain before defining the structure in the centre."

And yet the verbal analysis, though aiming at objectivity, is not lifeless. It is infused with Judit's thoughts, Judit's opinions, Judit's feelings. It is honest and human.

The book is a collection of Judit's early games -- right up to when she became a grandmaster at fifteen. But it is not a chronological sequence of analysed games. Rather, the fifteen chapters are organised by theme: Tricks, Mating Net, Trapping the Queen, Zwischenzug, Tales with an Unexpected End, Improving Piece Placement, Pawn Play, Piece Domination, A Lead in Development, Attacking the Uncastled King, The Art of Simplifying and Elements of Endgame Technique, Attacking without Queens, Decisive Games, Memorable Games, and Amsterdam 1989 OHRA Tournament Diary.

There are 89 games altogether -- some are given in full but mostly they are fragments starting from a thematically pertinent position. I repeat that the analysis is penetrating and insightful rather than overwhelming -- Polgar and Marin have clearly worked hard and long on the notes.

Interspersed through the book are also photographs of Polgar, but not at the cost of content and not obtrusive in any way.

Were I to be banished to a desert isle, this is one of the books I would take with me. Any player rated over 1500 can and will benefit from this gem of a book.

I wait with bated breath for the second volume ("From GM to Top Ten").
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Instructional! 12 Mar 2013
By Joseph Yee - Published on Amazon.com
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Very instructional!

Capturing the youthful joy of playing beautiful chess, Judit Polgar has created an intimate and instructional book for players of all strength. For aspiring young and amateur players, she shows how to play winning chess by giving tactical examples of "tricks" that arise after even the most innocuous of moves.

For example on page 49, Judit plays a seeming innocuous move 32. K-KR4 while closing her eyes as if from fright only to spring the trap of a Queen sacrifice after her opponent Lars Bo Hansen is lured into 33. QxP. Upon seeing the Queen sacrifice 33. ... Q-N7 check, Hansen's "face turned red instantly."

What is so extraordinary about this book is the sheer intimacy of being in the mind of Judit as a young master and international master as she has kept a handbook of all her games along with the time spent for each move. She provides the particular circumstances and stakes of each encounter along with a short bio of many of her opponents along with the strategy and thought processes of her games as the moves are being played.

Today, Judit's "Skill-Building Chess" subject has been adopted to be taught in Hungary's elementary schools. For those and other parents, this would be a valuable guide as to how to prepare their children to have a head start on learning chess although many will not be able to devote as much time to immersing their children in chess as did Judit's parents. Still, parents can learn much on how to teach their children winning chess tactics and strategy from this book.

For lovers of chess of all levels, this book also has chapter on decisive games such as her win fearlessly playing the King's Gambit to defeat Glenn Flear in the last round at Hastings 1988/89 to not only win the tournament but the brilliancy prize in the process. Afterwards, she was so happy to call home to share the joy of her achievement with her dad. Also, Judit has annotated her decisive win over Tibor Tolnai (Hungarian Super-Championship 1991) that not only won the tournament but earned her the third and final norm for the coveted Grandmaster title - thus crowning her the youngest Grandmaster in history at age of 15 years, 4 months supplanting arguably the best player of all times Bobby Fischer by over a month.

In addition, for players of all levels, this book devotes a chapter on memorable games such as her first victory over a Grandmaster when at the tender age of 11 she defeated GM Lev Gutman at Brussels in 1987. There is also her win (Munich 1991) over Viswanathan Anand (the present world champion) whom she and her sisters considered a "genius" after barely managing to draw against him in 100's of friendly blitz games when he visited them in Budapest.

What I really like about this book is how well written and organized it is so that anyone can take it aboard an airplane and enjoy the games and instructional positions without the aid of a chessboard. With only a general understanding of algebraic notation (a-h for columns and 1-8 for rows), anyone can follow along with her move for move and annotation for annotation to final result.

This is one of the best chess books of the many I have ever read and I eagerly look forward to Judit's next books "From GM to Top Ten" and a "Game of Queens." It is a bargain at Amazon having just been reduced to under $20 (from $22.95 that I paid)! Well worth the money and time!
21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem! 13 Nov 2012
By S. Britton - Published on Amazon.com
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Sparkling chess, clear instruction from "simple tricks" to more complex positions, interesting anecdotes and photographs -- Judit Polgar has written a chess book for the ages! This is just the first of three planned volumes, which covers her progress to the grandmaster title, and I eagerly await the next volume. This is the book that I'd choose along with Fischer's "My 60 Memorable Games" as my "desert island" books.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Book 23 Dec 2013
By Charidan - Published on Amazon.com
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She actually played more games to gain the title, so even if she were younger in age, she had more attempts than Fischer before earning the GM Norm. Fischer earned his GM Title at the very highest level of competition, at the Portoroz Interzonal 1958. When placed in that context, the claim loses its luster and becomes suspect as a gimmick to sell more books, which I suspect is a brainchild of the publishers more than Judit herself.

This is not to take away from the merits of the book. It does fully deserve its 5-star rating. Judit is a delight to read and her games are worth studying. Except for the title (I wanted to remove half a star because of it), kudos to the publishers for another high quality production. I recommend this book to be part of any serious chess library.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable and Educational 17 Aug 2013
By Robert W. Rivera - Published on Amazon.com
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I play chess strictly for fun but I am always trying to improve my game. This is the most impressive chess book I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Everything about this book has been a pleasure. From the wonderful quality of the paper and print used, to Judit's engaging thoughts on her chess games, training and experiences playing tournaments. Judit, is truly a wonderful player and teacher of chess. Players of all levels will learn something from this book and it is only the first of three books in this series that will be published.
I am eagerly waiting for the second book.
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