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Be the first to ask a question lrv Grandmaster Preparation. Lists with This Book. Nov 20, Manny rated it it was amazing Shelves: An extremely unusual book, about a love affair between a man and a chess opening. The story is well told, and you are absolutely carried along by the narrative. Even though you’ve seen the plot a million times Boy meets variation; boy loses variation; boy gets variation back againgrandmasetr find yourself holding your breath.
OK, I’m exaggerating a little, but every chess player should read this book. There’s nothing quite like it. No, but seriously, prepararion isn’t just one of the best chess books of all An extremely unusual book, about a love affair between a man and a chess opening.
No, but seriously, this isn’t just one of grandmastter best chess books of all time; it’s one of the best books ever about the creative process, period. Polugayevsky, who at his peak was rated in the world’s top five, was a fantastically gifted and hard-working analyst, with a strong quixotic streak. The variation of the Sicilian Najdorf that bears his name is sometimes called “the suffering variation”; it’s the ultimate come-and-get-me opening, and starts 1.
Nc3 a6 Fischer and Kasparov’s favorite move 6. Didn’t White’s last move just threaten grandmaater, winning a piece due to the pin on the knight?
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Yes, but if he does that, then Black has a defense: So Black wins the piece back, but he has so far only developed his queen, while White has got half his army into play. How can this be good?
But the more you look at it, the less obvious it is that White can just kill Black like preparatiom chicken, which is certainly your first thought. Black has all sorts of strange resources, in particular the rook maneuver Ra7-d7, after which it’s often surprisingly easy to get a counterattack. Then Black also lwv the bishop pair and a better pawn structure, so endings tend to be favorable for him. And the Black pieces have the oddest way of just developing themselves. If White takes on g7, the bishop on f8 takes back, and is immediately a very powerful piece.
Or alternately, if White castles short, it can sometimes go to c5 with check, gaining time against the White king on g1. The other bishop is often able to go to b7 and hit something on e4. Polugayevsky talks about the hidden harmony of the Black pieces, which emerges like a photograph in its developing bath. A poet as well as a chess player, if that wasn’t already apparent.
None the polubaevsky, the first impression is far from misleading: White can launch a dangerous attack in literally a dozen different ways. Polugaeyevsky, however, believed in Black’s position, and spent years of his life analyzing the maze of complications.
In the book, he gives a breathtakingly honest account of what it was like; the dejection when a new attacking try appeared to refute the opening he’d invested so much time in, the elation when he finds a miraculous countermove, then despair again when another attack seems to bust it. I almost feel I need to issue a spoiler warning when I say that it ends on a happy note, with Lev and his variation happy together at last.
Now, alas, Polugayevsky is no longer with us, and his variation is generally deemed to be unsound. But if he were still here to defend it, who knows what the critical verdict would be? I am not sure I have ever seen a stranger example of the old proverb: View all 16 comments. Oct 31, notgettingenough rated it it was amazing Shelves: I’d forgotten I wrote a post on this kev. Like Geller, Polugayevsky had some difficulty getting to the very top and again, it is so hard to judge polugaevsjy when there yrandmaster no room to be there in the first place.
Still, he himself admitted some temperamental difficulties he had and it makes this story all the more interesting, from his grzndmaster on the psychology of the chess struggle. It took place at the Interzonal in Petropolis, and the passage is taken from Grandmaster Performance. Two I’d forgotten I wrote a post on this book.
Two rounds before the end I was more than depressed, and all that could save me was two successive wins. View all 4 comments. Mar 21, Mark Thornton rated it it was amazing. An amazing insight into the mind and the preparation and the psychology of a top chess player. Several memories grahdmaster stayed with me about this book: Ken translated many chess books from Russian into English, and he once told me that Grandmaster Preparation was the grandmaxter book he had ever translated.
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