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SAN LUIS 2005: How Chess Found Its Champion Paperback – 1 May 2006

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  • Paperback: 442 pages
  • Publisher: QUALITY CHESS EUROPE AB (1 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9197600520
  • ISBN-13: 978-9197600521
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 5.1 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,121,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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San Luis 2005 is the most celebrated chess tournament of the decade. Bulgarian Grandmaster, Veselin Topalov triumphed and proved that he is a worthy successor to World Champions such as Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov. In this ambitious work, Gershon and Nor analyse all the games from the tournament, but there is no danger of the reader drowning in masses of variations, as the authors clearly explain the ideas behind the moves. Tournament books used to be a familiar part of chess literature with Zurich 1953 a classic example, however such books are now rare because of the huge effort they demand from the authors. Gershon and Nor have risen to the challenge and produced a book that is destined to become a modern classic, a magnificent book worthy of an extraordinary tournament. Many colour photographs of the event and the surrounding Argentinean scenery help the reader feel what it was like to be at San Luis 2005.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. W. Thew on 5 Jun. 2007
While I am not a good enough player to comment on the annotations I can comment on everything else about this book. It is lavishly illustrated, reasonably well bound, huge and one of the most impressive looking chess books I've ever seen. For what its worth the notes are copious and well spaced. The games feature large, clear diagrams and the cost is more than reasonable. Its a pity that there isn't a hard cover version but other than that the book is beyond reproach in this day of Informator style notes. If the notes are of the quality of the rest of the book this book will in time rival Bronsteins Zurich 1953, if not it will remain as a wonderful record of the strongest tournament of recent times. Great to see tournament books returning.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By peter charles on 25 Mar. 2009
I found "San Luis 2005" to be absolutely brilliant both in scope and breadth, and I've read hundreds of chess books in my time. There is no better tournament book. Gershon & Nor's analysis is deep enough to keep interest, with diagrams and photos adding to interest. I couldn't put it down. For those who find this book gripping but seek even deeper tournament analysis then I can really recommend Bareev & Levitov's "From London to Elista"

Peter Charles, Jerusalem
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Before you purchase... 3 Dec. 2007
By Morgan V. Holt - Published on
be aware of 2 things:

1: like another reviewer mentioned, the ACTUAL GAME MOVES and ANALYSIS MOVES are sometimes identical in appearance (same font and face, same line/paragraph) and it can get a little confusing keeping track of the main lines and side lines. kind of annoying.

2: this book is for the intermediate player and up, not for beginners AT ALL. it is heavy, dense analysis (with LOTS of opening theory) and requires the reader to really invest a solid hour or two into getting the full enjoyment of a single game. it is NOT the kind of book that follows the format of: "list three moves, mention a good positional move, list three more moves, mention a tactic, list three more moves, mention an error, etc..."

with that being said:

this book does a fantastic job of really taking the reader inside of san luis and puts them right in the games of the 2005 world championship. it was a fantastic tournament, with an unusually high amount of sharp, complex games... simply brilliant chess.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful book--no problems with fonts in 2nd edition 31 May 2011
By Jonathan Yedidia - Published on
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This is a top-notch book about a very interesting tournament. I'm mainly writing this review to clear up the fact that the problem other reviewers mention about analysis being hard to distinguish from game moves is not an issue in the 2nd edition version of the book that is being sold now. To get a good idea of what the book is like, you can download a pdf excerpt from the Quality Chess web-site.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Really an outstanding work 22 Nov. 2011
By CheesLover - Published on
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It is widespread that chess games be annotated by the involved players themselves, but sometimes that produce biased comments. The advantage of that is the inside feeling that only the person who played the game can write about.

Nevertheless this book is a great effort and a very good achievement comparable to Zurich 1953 by Bronstein. Even though the authors were not part of the tournament they are writing about, the did their job and produced a masterpiece.

Comments and variations are wll balanced, specially considering that most of the games were very high level and complex.

I congratulate and thank the authors, and I reccomend this book to anyone, althoug it is more suitable for advanced players. In this times of a chess books bonanza, this one puts a high point.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Great chess tournament book! 30 Nov. 2007
By Lawrence S. Tamarkin - Published on
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This is unquestionably the most detailed chess analysis of the games of the San Lois 2005 World chess championship event ever done; there are plenty of words explaining the complex variations to go along with the technical analysis. The main problem going through the notes is not the density of the notes but that the sub variations are not as clearly separated out as one could desire with the modern chess database and word programs that were available to the author's - That being said, the authors do a great job of describing the players and the history of various lines that the players are using in the games. There is also quite a lot of pictures (Probably really too many) of the players and some of the other people that made the event run smoothly. You really can't go wrong in buying this book except for its actual weight - It may well be the heaviest paperback chess book I've every owned so its not too convenient to take on trips to chess tournaments along with your notebook computer. But if you need to get some ideas in a day or two about some hyper-critical lines of openings like the English attack in the Sicilian Najdorf, or the Petroff, Queen's Indian and other often played openings variations discussed by the top players, then this is the kind of book you're going to want to look too - I only hope that the Authors Alik Gershon & Igor Nor do a similar book about the recent world championship tournament in Mexico that crowned Vishy Anand the unified World Chess Champion!San Luis 2005
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Excellent!!!! 18 Aug. 2007
By Wan Koon Yat - Published on
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At last this book is issued. I think the other chess fans have been waiting for so long for this book!! There is no need to comment, all the games annotation, some color pictures, the background of this tournament etc, I think all those fans who have brought this book would be more than satisfied. The only complaint from me is that the main moves and the analysis, both the size of the words are similar, so sometimes I do not know whether the actual moves in the games, or the moves are analysis. I think they should follow gambit's book, which lay out the actual moves two by two, with bold letter, the analysis in ordinary letter, then this would even make this book even more classic. I think any chess fan should brought this book. P. S. It is a pity that in the coming event of 2007 world championship in Mexico in September, 2007, Topalov is absent, what a pity for the number two player currently in the world is not in this event!!!
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