Mirr Comprender El Ajedrez Jugada a Jugada John Nunn Menso Mwenge rated it really liked it Oct 22, If your level is not not high enough to go through all the annotations, then just enjoy the eloquent comments from a first-class writer. Move By Move and it works nicely in conjunction with this book. Aug 08, Bobsie67 rated it liked it. Some of the advice is excelllent for intermediate players like me, but much of the analysis is geared for advanced players.
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Now Dr. John Nunn uses the same approach, yet focuses more on the dynamic nature of modern chess and looks at games that are more contemporary in nature. Not a stranger to listing trees of variations, Nunn does include several of these lines of analysis, but the main focus is on the text and explaining in "simple" terms the underlying context of the moves.
Each game begins with an overview of the topic on hand and then the game begins and there is an explanation of the opening. To his credit, the reader is exposed to various Sicilians and other common openings, but not a focus on a particular variation.
So while the main focus is on the dynamic nature of the middlegame, the reader is also exposed to an overview on opening theory. At the end of each game he gives a summary of the key concepts of the game. Highly Recommended! Very well written with very good explanations; however, this is not a chess book for beginners. Some of the advice is excelllent for intermediate players like me, but much of the analysis is geared for advanced players. Needless to say, all annotated games collections chess books should provide a healthy balance between useful explanatory prose and concrete analysis, with all its variations and sub-variations.
And considering that chess engines today are robust and still keep getting better, books with mostly analyses in them are becoming obsolete anyway. Clearly, there are positions in every chess game which are critical, where one path may lead to a win or a considerable advantage and another to a loss or draw.
It would be foolish to ignore those lines, even for the beginning students. But there are also many lines authors give that are merely playable - in other words, even the computer evaluates the text line and alternative line as roughly equal.
The other issue with this book, is that the games chosen in this book involve many highly tactical positions, so that concrete analyses becomes practically unavoidable in many positions. All in all, this is another solid book from Nunn. But it should definitely be part of any staple diet of chess books for the improving and advanced player. Most players probably could follow the games from the book alone, but a board would be helpful and a computer even better, especially if you want to put the time into the alternative lines.
This book could be a quick read if you wanted it to be, but if you really want to gain anything from it, expect to invest at least half an hour to an hour on each game. Nunn divides the book into five games on opening themes, six games on attacking middlegame play, four games on defensive middlegame play, twelve games on positional middlegame play, and three games on endgame themes. Each section begins with a general discussion, then each game is prefaced with a discussion of specific themes, and then the annotated game itself is presented in full—for example, the games presented in the opening themes section have the full game fully annotated, not just the opening.
At the end of each game is a short summary and four lessons principles taken from the game. The book has a few drawbacks. Another problem is that all of the games are wins for White or Black; while alternative lines are presented that lead to draws, no drawn games are presented, even though most contemporary games at the grandmaster level are drawn and learning how to salvage or create a draw is a useful skill.
Lastly, while the game is not bogged down in alternative lines, there are enough to them to present the reader with the tough choice between investing a lot of time in pursuing them or passing them up and feeling like you missed out on learning something.
Another advantage is that Nunn has chosen games with a variety of openings with not much repetition, and when games do have similar openings or positions, he makes cross-references in the annotations. But if you know the rules of chess and how the pieces move, and you want to improve your game, Understanding Chess Move by Move is a good choice.
Its like having a GM chess coach telling you why every move was made in the 30 games reviewed and about specific chess principles! Very well done and highly recommended! These kind of books take a while to get through with an actual chess board and pieces or two boards, one for the variations , but they are very worthwhile. It covers every important middlegame strategy, a wide array of pawn structures, and discusses the reasons behind common opening moves.
For any player below master level, this book is an essential read. You will not be disappointed. The concepts are key. Whether you like this sort of thing is a matter of taste. The more I experience these sort of books the more it dawns on me that, at a certain level, its one grandmaster writing to others like him.
One suspects that some games e. Certainly, in the case of the aforementioned game, there had to be other games, cleaner and clearer that explored the concept of the rook on the seventh rank. The book is simply impractical; it took me hours of attention per game to thoroughly go through each one, and since I have a busy life apart from chess, the constant interruptions made it difficult to maintain the relationships between the main lines, the variations, and the ideas behind each one.
So, a qualified recommendation: 1 if you have a lot of undisturbed time, 2 you simply want to read it at a more superficial level, and depart the main lines only to explore critical junctures in each game.
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