Common Sense in Chess
128 pages, paperback, Russel, 1. edition 2007
In the spring of 1895, reigning world chess champion Emanuel Lasker gave a series of lectures in London. These were geared to the level of the club players, or intermediate level. Later that year Lasker gathered his lecture material together and wrote it up in manuscript form to be published, retaining the informal, conversational tone of the lectures.
The result was Common Sense in Chess, long regarded as a classic both during Lasker’s lifetime and for generations afterwards. It is a masterpiece of compression and exposition, and in the whole of chess literature, there is nothing that quite compares with it.
Respected chess author Bruce Alberston has taken Lasker’s classic and created a 21 st century edition. The text has been converted to modern algebraic notation and more diagrams have been added (there are now more than 330 diagrams!). Splendidly complementing Lasker’s original masterpiece, Alberston has added seven games annotated by Lasker that were played in the famous Hastings Tournament of 1895.
004 Acknowledgments, Symbols and Abbreviations
005 Editor's Introduction
007 Author's Preface
008 Chapter One - Opening Principles
014 Chapter Two - Ruy Lopez, Part One
019 Chapter Three - Ruy Lopez, Part Two
026 Chapter Four - Evans Gambit
032 Chapter Five - King's Bishop's Gambit
036 Chapter Six - French Defence
044 Chapter Seven - The Attack
062 Chapter Eight - The Defence
073 Chapter Nine - The End Game
094 Chapter Ten - Last Round at Hastings
099 Chapter Eleven - Lasker Annotates
115 Analytical Endnotes
124 Summary of Tournament Results 1889-1936
125 Summary of Match Results 1889-1921
126 Index of Players
127 Index of Openings