Chess Master vs. Chess Amateurby Max Euwe, Walter Meiden
These 25 chess games played between master and amateur were chosen, arranged, and annotated to help amateurs improve their games. What better way could the amateur have of learning to exploit the weak play of fellow amateurs than to study how a master would handle such situations? Selected by former World Chess Champion Max Euwe and Walter Meiden, a typical amateur… See more details below
These 25 chess games played between master and amateur were chosen, arranged, and annotated to help amateurs improve their games. What better way could the amateur have of learning to exploit the weak play of fellow amateurs than to study how a master would handle such situations? Selected by former World Chess Champion Max Euwe and Walter Meiden, a typical amateur player, the games point out graphically how the chess master takes advantage of characteristic errors of the amateur.
In general, the games have been presented in order of the degree of skill of the amateur. The early games were played against beginners; later games, against "coffeehouse" players of various skill levels; the last games, against amateur "book" players. Each game, with commentary by Dr. Euwe, was chosen to illustrate a specific aspect of chess, from various openings to a number of typical chess situations. By carefully studying these games, the amateur player will learn how to recognize and avoid a variety of weak strategic and tactical moves.
Dr. Euwe's helpful and informative commentary on each contest consists of a discussion of significant moves in the game, an analysis of the opening used and explanations of important chess concepts as they arise. Often, he includes a detailed analysis of tactical variations that might have been played as alternatives. The result is an indispensable aid for amateurs seeking to raise the quality of their games as well as a book that can be read with profit by chess players at every level of expertise.
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With the theme of how a strong player takes advantage of weak moves the author gives clear and good analysis of selected games. There are not a lot of books like that as most focus only on games played by top notch players. Another excellent type of book that shows typical mistakes are books on chess opening traps. I also found some of the games in Unbeatable Chess Lessons to use this theme. What could be more helpful than having actual examples of mistakes being made and then showing how to take advantage of them? Be prepared to read descriptive notation, which really isn't so difficult to get used to. After all, it was the most common notation used in the US prior to 1980.
We have some really nice examples of how a Master is going to win against a weaker player. The games contain excellent annotations where the ideas of the moves are clearly explained (though not on a move by move basis). This is an older book so the opening analysis is certainly not up to date. But this is only a minor drawback when considering the main theme of this book is not not to be a book on chess traps or on short games. Not for a beginner but for a player with basic knowledge of strategy to start with. Also, in the old descriptive notation instead of the modern algebraic found in newer books.