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2.0 out of 5 stars Printing errors and incorrect information, 21 Oct. 2013
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This review is from: Genius and Misery of Chess (Paperback)
Interesting read (most of the info has been published in other similar books however) but is let down by a lack of decent proof-reading. This book is a translation as far as I know - yet the proof-reader seems to have erroneously altered things when it was already correct - such as stating that Spielmann played in the 1988 world chess candidates - when, of course it was Speelman - John Speelman - not Rudolf Spielmann mentioned earlier in the book. Some dates are laughably incorrect, there are typos in some of the games given (whole omission of some moves) and some glaringly incorrect facts at times (true facts already being published in many other books detailing the history of chess players - of which I've ready many - and all reaching a consensus) - don't expect me to site any examples - I can't be asked to retrieve the book and search them out) - take my word for it or buy the book and discover them for yourselves. The mistakes comprise of about only 10-15% of the book - but are very annoying. This book feels unfinished to me. I wouldn't recommend it for the price - now I would recommend a superb book on the history of chess (and I'm even going to bother to find it on my bookshelf ----..........).......it is...."Grandmasters of Chess" by Harold C Schonberg - I picked this up in an old bookshop - and is a perfect example of how this type of book should be done (although it won't have modern players such as Carlsen in there as it's a tad old now. There is one major thing in "The Genius and Misery of Chess" that I did appreciate because I've never seen it published in such detail - it is the near heart-rending letter that Alekhine sends to chess officials to plead his case against him being banned from participating in some tournaments after 1945 due to his supposed voluntary collaboration with Nazis during the war years.
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