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U Cannot Be Serious


304 pages, paperback, Thinkers Publishing, 1. edition 2021

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This book is about co-author and international master Michael Basman, who has been an avant-garde strategist on the chessboard from his early days as a tournament player and who has collected his share of ridicule and scorn throughout the years. But he has been fairly successful, so we can ask ourselves who has been right, the master or his critics. Former world champion Mikhail Botvinnik saw through the facade of experimental play and named Basman a creative and talented player. But even on the British player's home turf, there was often sharp rejection of his way of playing chess. Interesting wins were more than once described as lucky, and losses as the natural consequence of sins against chess. Even in the late 1970s, when Mike Basman was a household name in British chess, British Chess Magazine was still writing he was ‘handicapping’ himself by his unfortunate opening choices. An interesting exception to this trend was grandmaster Raymond Keene, who back in 1982 wrote an extensive article on Basman's games from the Benedictine Masters in Manchester. He praised the strategical ideas but criticized the implementation. And he finished his article with an example of how these ideas could have found a place in one's own strategic arsenal.

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Weight 560 g
Manufacturer Thinkers Publishing
Width 17 cm
Height 23,5 cm
Medium Book
Year of Publication 2021
Author Michael BasmanGerard Welling
Language English
Edition 1
ISBN-13 9789464201147
Pages 304
Binding paperback

004 Symbols and bibliography

006 Contents

007 Introduction

011 Chapter 1 Basmania in Biel

047 Chapter 2 Basmania in Belgium

061 Chapter 3 St. George’s Opening with Black and White

099 Chapter 4 Grob’s Inheritance

161 Chapter 5 Global Opening Play

217 Chapter 6 Basmania for the 21st Century

293 Chapter 7 Outro

299 Index Games

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