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Masters of the Chessboard

216 pages, paperback, Russel, 1. edition 2012, original edition 1933

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Ask most chessplayers about the works by Richard Reti, and most will quickly reply Modern Ideas in Chess. His Masters of the Chessboard will be a distant second and that is unfortunate, because in many ways Masters is more comprehensive and instructive than its better-known predecessor.

He packs it with advice, even for beginners. Opening theory is a priority. Reti tells the student to understand "the basic idea" of each opening, and goes into considerable detail as he explains each of the popular lines of the day, including, of course, his own Reti Opening. Some of the finest parts of the book are the mini-essays, most of them on openings, but also on rook endgames. It's remarkable that Reti manages to do this without going into long variations.

This practical approach is also evident when he deals with positional themes. For example, Masters can be appreciated as almost a primer on the subject of how to turn the two bishops into a significant advantage.

As noted by American grandmaster Andy Soltis in his Foreword, this entire book is "wonderfully instructive." And now it is available in a 21st-century edition, with figurine algebraic notation, with many diagrams and photos added.

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Weight 190 g
Manufacturer Russel
Width 15,1 cm
Height 22,9 cm
Medium Book
Year of Publication 2012
Author Richard Réti
Language English
Edition 1
ISBN-13 978-1936490219
Year of Original Version 1933
Pages 216
Binding paperback

005 Foreword by Andy Soltis 008 Author's Preface

Part I: The Older Masters

010 Adolf Anderssen 019 Paul Morphy 030 Wilhelm Steinitz 055 Siegbert Tarrasch

067 The Queen's Gambit 070 Emanuel Lasker

083 The Steinitz Defense ofthe Ruy Lopez 090 The Ruy Lopez Exchange Variation 100 Carl Schlechter

109 Harry Nelson Pillsbury 110 Examples of the Breakthrough on the Grand Scale

Part II: Masters of Today

116 Foreword

116 Geza Maróczy 121 Frank Marshall 124 Akiba Runbinstein

128 The Rubinstein Defense of the Four Knights Game

134 Rudolf Spielmann

137 Aron Nimzowitsch

140 The Hanham Variation

143 The Indian Defense

149 Milan Vidmar

151 Savielly Tartakower

157 José Raul Capablanca

161 The Theory of the Caro-Kann Defense

166 The Cambridge Springs and the Westphalia Defenses of the Queen's Gambit

171 Rook Endgames

174 Efim Bogoljubow

185 My System of Opening

190 The Center Pawn as an Obstruction to Its Own Pieces

191 Alexander Alekhine

194 The Blumenfeld Gambit and Related Systems

204 Declining the Cambridge Springs Variation

208 The Technique of Chess Combinations

211 The Alekhine Defense

215 Player Index

216 Opening Index

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