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460 pages, paperback, Elk and Ruby, 1. edition 2023

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Rudolf Spielmann was one of the strongest chess players in the world in the first half of the 20th century. Following his shared second place at the Carlsbad tournament in 1929 with Capablanca, half a point behind Nimzowitsch, he was considered one of the world’s top five. His career spread over four decades and included a host of tournament and match victories, such as defeating Bogoljubov over ten games in 1932.
Often known as the Last Romantic in chess with his predilection for the King’s Gambit and Vienna Game and love of sacrifices, he bequeathed a rich legacy of ideas and techniques. These combinational and positional master classes are examined here in 213 instructional games and fragments, organized thematically in a way similar to Grigory Bogdanovich’s previous volumes on Bogoljubov.
Detailed commentary is provided on games against leading contemporaries. Opponents in this work include five world champions Lasker, Capablanca, Alekhine, Euwe, and Botvinnik, as well as Marshall, Janowski, Tarrasch, Tartakower, Nimzowitsch, Reti, Rubinstein, Romanovsky, Bogoljubov, and many others. Bogdanovich’s commentary is richly supplemented by that of stars of the epoch and, above all, of Spielmann himself.
The book further contains a biographical sketch and is supplemented by a large number of tournament photographs and portraits. Spielmann’s life was ultimately tragic a lonely death in Sweden aged just 59 as a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany following the demise three years earlier of his sponsor, while several family members failed to escape the Holocaust.
Additional materials in the book include a detailed table of tournaments and matches from his career, as well as a translation of Spielmann’s fascinating article dating to 1923 called ”From the Sickbed of the King’s Gambit“.
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EAN 9785604676677
Weight 710 g
Manufacturer Elk and Ruby
Width 15.8 cm
Height 24 cm
Medium Book
Year of Publication 2023
Author Grigory Bogdanovich
Language English
Edition 1
ISBN-13 978-5-6046766-7-7
Pages 460
Binding paperback
005 Index of Games
010 Introduction
010 Abbreviations
011 Chapter I. The Life of Rudolf Spielmann
027 Chapter II. I’m Coming After You!
123 Chapter III. Defensive Skills
131 Chapter IV. Positional Play
258 Chapter V. Opening Passions
340 Chapter VI. Endgame Play
353 Chapter VII. The Costs of Style
368 Chapter VIII. Entertainment is Nearby
370 Chapter IX. Did Spielmann Agree With the DAUT Principle?
387 Chapter X. Was Rudolf Spielmann a Cynic?
404 Chapter XI. Scalps of the Greats
432 Chapter XII. The Thorny Path to Immortality
436 Chapter XIII. Rudolf Spielmann’s Swan Song!
438 Chapter XIV. Tactics
442 Afterword
443 Appendices
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