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5.0 out of 5 stars companion volume to masters of the chessboard, 1 Dec 2002
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This review is from: Modern Ideas in Chess (Paperback)
if you liked reti's book masters of the chess board then you will also want to read this one. reti shows how chess mirrors human thought in other areas of activity-he is especially impressive when writing about capablanca and the triumph of americanism in chess. he sees the speed and efficiency of his so called americanism as typical of the methods which will eventually become predominant in the 20th century. reti is highly thought provoking and his words could equally apply to bobby fischer who appeared four decades later . a book for the chess connoisseur and intellectual!
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5.0 out of 5 stars chess compared to other thinking activities, 1 Dec 2002
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richard reti was a strong chess grandmaster of the 1920s and the godfather of the hypermodern school of chess. here he reviews key games by great players and draws cultural conclusions which will fascinate any chess intellectuals or students of ideas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest piece of chess literature ever?, 16 Oct 2000
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Reti, who gave his name to one of the soundest yet quixotic openings in chess, wrote two masterpieces. This is the earlier, and some would say the greater ... It is a joy and a pleasure to read. Written in those almost forgotten days of 1923, it looks back to the great players of two centuries ago to trace the roots of cataclysmic ideas.
Yet "Modern Ideas" is more than simply a history book. It was the igniter of a whole new way of looking at chess. Dr Tartakower may have been the master who first coined the phrase "Hypermodern", but it was Reti, in this very book, who breathed life and thought and imagination into the movement. Nothing has not changed chess so much since.
Greater, as a piece of creative writing, than even the magnificent "My System" by Aron Nimzowitsch, which was published 2 short years later, this is a true work of literary genius.
So, buy this book, pour a glass of fine chilled white wine, and imagine that you are sitting outside a cafe in Vienna in the sort of crisp, sunny atmosphere of early spring or late Autumn of 75 years ago. Start to read, only the soulless will be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Synopsis, 6 July 2007
This review is from: Modern Ideas in Chess (Paperback)
Richard Reti - one of the leaders of the hypermodern school of chess which rose to prominence in the 1920's - was a formidable over the board grandmaster as shown by his victories at the splendid tournaments of Kaschau 1918, Gothenburg 1920 and Teplitz Schonau 1922. His victims included Capablanca, Alekhine and Nimzowitsch, while his elegant destruction of Bogolyubov deservedly won the beauty prize at New York 1924. Reti was an adept at blindfold chess in which he rivalled Alekhine in the number and strength of his opposition,a lucidly brilliant composer of endgame studies but above all an artist fascinated by the creative forces and energies lying beneath the surface of the chessboard battle. Golombek wrote " Reti became a great and vital writer on the game --for the first time in the history of books on chess a writer capable of a genuine historical survey of the evolution of chess ideas and also of a colourful and poetic picture of the state of contemporary chess had made his appearance." As Reti himself wrote "in the idea of chess and the development of the chess mind we have a picture of the intellectual struggle of mankind."
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