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A must for any Chess buff's library,
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This review is from: Simple Chess (Dover Chess) (Paperback)
This book is an absolute classic. It sets out to demystify positional chess by introducing key concepts, such as outposts, colour complexes and the minotity attack and then demonstrating these concepts in fully annotated games from masterplay. It succeeds one hundred percent. Stean manages to take some hefty concepts and present them in the simplest, most lucid and vivid way, without sacrifing one iota at the altar of simplicity. You will have to work it through though, and the tactics are often left to the reader. But this shouldn't stop beginners from reading, as they will still get all the positional knowledge. This is therefore a book to be read and re-read by players of varying levels, from beginner to advanced - I am currently on my second reading. And these are concepts that appear simple when explained by Stean but actually take some time to really absorb and consolidate and even more time to be applied in real life games, particularly whereas tactics most often forcibly take precedence. Finally, there is sheer beauty in the positional design of the key games chosen, and Stean is the wise druid who brings out this beauty for his reader's benefit. Buy.