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4.0 out of 5 stars Well known, but not the best., 18 Aug 2003
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Andrew Soltis is one of the most outstanding modern teachers of chess. In this book he provides an excellent insight into an often underprepared part of the chess players arsenal.
The various chapters are titled:
1. What is defence?
2. The spirit of defence
3. Defensive weapons and themes
4. Threats and restraint
5. Counterplay
6. Sacrifice
7. Further questions about material
8. Avoiding Loss
I feel the title of each chapter is sufficient to tell you what exactly you can learn from this book (i.e. alot). Soltis writes in his inimitable style and uses adequate examples for each topic. He also provides excersises at the end of some chapters with some well written answers coming at the end of the book.
Now for the bad news. Even though there are excersises for the reader, I do not feel there are enough (a recurring criticism that can be said for more than one Soltis book). The descriptive notation used will deter some readers (but I feel it should not). The information is very condensed, so often Soltis will bring you onto a new subject before you are completely sure of the current subject (not a problem if you re-read). All these are minor criticisms, but for a book to get five stars, I must be convinced it is faultless.
This is a great book for the intermediate on an often misunderstood subject. You may like to consider Polugayevsky and Damsky's work under the same title, which I feel to be a better primer on the subject.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good chess study, 13 Jan 1998
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This review is from: The Art of Defense in Chess (Paperback)
If you can stand English notation and you like challenging positional study - then you will like this book. The exercises are very hard but they help you recognize the issues. This is a good book.
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