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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Gambit Publications Ltd (28 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906454825
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906454821
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 17.8 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 236,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Following on from his successful books "Understanding Chess Endgames" and "Understanding Chess Middlegames," John Nunn fleshes out the theory by showing how World Champion Emanuel Lasker handled a wide variety of practical situations. We see how Lask

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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Morris W. Bernadt on 11 July 2014
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If like John Nunn you went to Oxford University at age 15 to read mathematics and got your PhD there, you will have the mental capacity to register all the variations given in 100 games of Emanual Lasker. For ordinary mortals it's too much! BUT, the text accompanying the games contains a great deal of useful advice and is clearly written. One can get through the book in a reasonable period of time by just reading this text and glancing at some of the game positions. My internet speed chess has got better as a result. For many chess players the message of each chapter would be dissipated by going through all the variations provided. With the use of a chess engine Nunn is able to offer trenchant criticism of the moves of the great chess masters of a century ago. Perhaps Nunn chose Lasker because he was in addition a notable mathematician, though Nunn believes he was the greatest chess player of all time. He was world champion for 27 years.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jim Halliday on 10 Aug. 2014
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i have a couple of Dr. Nunns chess books, they are most informative, i am sure they are helping my game to improve.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Phillip John Beckett on 7 July 2014
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good exactly as expected
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
A games collection both good to read and educational 24 May 2014
By Derek Grimmell - Published on Amazon.com
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I am using the Kindle edition, in which the size of diagrams and the page formatting are just about perfect -- enough so that even an amateur can study most of the main lines without a board.

In a rather daring move, Nunn has based his general chess course on the games of Emanuel Lasker. His reasons for doing so are listed at the outset of the book, and make perfect sense. My reasons for agreeing are these:
-- Lasker's games, being played against a wider range of openings and wider range of playing strengths than, say, the games of Anand, prove to be a rich source for training material suitable to the club player. We, too, tend to play outside the current main lines and see strategic as well as tactical errors, just as Lasker did before the information explosion and diffusion of chess knowledge.
-- These games do not turn on opening analysis or knowing how to win the 2 pawns v 1 pawn on adjacent file ending. The games are "out of book" by move 7 or 8, and are chosen to illustrate how to play chess, not how to play openings. Likewise, the endings are complex, with a couple minor pieces and rook and several pawns, and are chosen to illustrate good endgame play.
-- Lasker was not a perfectionist; he was a competitor. While he did not, as some have alleged, play inferior moves in order to mesmerize and deceive his opponents, he did play moves that were not objectively the best, because they gave him complex positions in which he trusted himself to find the right path better than his opponent. Modern equivalents of this approach are Korchnoi and (as Nunn points out) Carlsen.
-- The games themselves are just plain fun.

Nunn groups the games into chapters devoted to a single theme, such as attacking play. Within this, he presents a broad selection of games that illustrate how a strong player approaches this theme. I am impressed with the diversity of position types that appear in these games, and how nicely each illustrates various nuances within its chosen theme. It turns out that the games of Lasker alone are a pretty stable base on which to write such a book.

And finally, Lasker gets somewhat ignored these days. His approach to chess is something that most players will benefit from studying.

The book is suitable for novices up to about expert level, although stronger players are likely to benefit both from the enjoyment of the games, and Nunn's thorough if brief review of important ideas in the middlegame and beyond.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Simply a great book... 30 Jun. 2014
By D. Suilmann - Published on Amazon.com
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Great games... great analysis. Another high quality book from John Nunn. Nunn chooses instructive games of Emmanuel Lasker and adds his usual fresh and high quality analysis. When necessary, Nunn doesn't avoid the messy details of concrete lines to support his position evaluations. The book shows Lasker's deep understanding and competitive skill as well as the occasional weak move..particularly when that move was previously mis-evaluated by other authors, I think the book would prove valuable to all but the very beginner.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Book By John Nunn 9 Sept. 2014
By Salvatore Grasso - Published on Amazon.com
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John Nunn's Chess Course is very well presented based on Lasker. Easy to read and following the chess diagrams. Even though Lasker was world champion for 27 years, he made the game difficult for his opponents and took them into unknown territory so to speak. Lasker does matter and he was a genius. Playing through his games does teach you a lot. John Nunn has done this well and rightly so for picking Lasker. You will not be disappointed.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Lasker is great 11 Dec. 2014
By Johhny Depp Fan - Published on Amazon.com
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I never played over Lasker's games except the Capablanca match and now I see what I was missing His games are fantastic and I see how Magnus is similar to Lasker's style. It is amazing to see how even in positions that seem drawish Lasker finds the moves to keep winning chances alive and pressure his opponent until they crack and blunder and lose. I would recommend this book to anyone. It is enjoyable to play over Lasker's games and learning middlegame endgame play. I am a USCF expert. I now rank Lasker up there with Capablanca, Alekhine, Botvinnik, Tal, Petrosian, Spassky, Fischer, Karpov and Kasparov and Magnus.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Learning from a master 20 Dec. 2014
By Terence Mills - Published on Amazon.com
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I am an enthusiastic, but not particularly good, chess player. To improve my game, I will devote 2015 to studying this book. Why? I enjoy playing through games of masters, and this book is a *course* on chess based on the games of Emanuel Lasker (1869-1941) who was a world chess champion for 27 years. It takes me a long time to play through a game. I record each game in a notebook; I write out the entire game without comments; I play through the game a few times, making my own notes as I go; then I read Nunn's commentary and compare it with my notes; finally, in my notebook, I write out a complete set of notes next to the game using Nunn's comments and my observations. Aided by www, I make notes about the life of each of Lasker's opponents, and learn a bit about chess history en route to becoming some sort of master. For each game, all this takes a few hours; one game/day is my limit. An inexpensive, enjoyable, way to spend a year.
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