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How do you know from reading the title of a chess book, that this is the ONE, the one that will cover most your gaps in your play? Or it will improve your level, being tactically or strategically? I am not talking about Openings books, from which you can pick up some moves that you can surprise or shock your next opponent with. I am referring to middle-game ones, that can enlarge your horizon, and allow you to see and contemplate on the board a certain move that never crossed your mind before.

The 2 Arthur Van De Oudeweetering Pattern Recognition fall in that category. The first volume (Train) consists of 40 patterns (chapters) that most of them are common to the experienced player, like the knight octopus, the lost bishop, knight on the edge or taking towards the side. While the less experienced one will spend some times grasping the contents of the rich examples and trying to find the correct pattern to solve the related exercises. The sure profit of all those patterns is that they forced you, in a certain way, to search for not the logical move, but the exceptional one, that can fit your intended plan during the game.

Although the layout of the 2 books is nice, with a summary at the end of each chapter that is nice to read like reading some hints, some of the examples and games presented in each chapter are with completed moves, which wasn’t necessary, or some are cut before one of the players resign in 2 or 3 moves. In nearly of the patterns, it is on the reader to decide if the related example or game is worth taking note of it, as being played by a famous GM or just by an unknown amateur.

These 2 books, and the author’s articles in (New In Chess) magazine, are nice to read. They can serve as  useful tools for training purposes. I categorize them as (Serious) ones, due to the topics, and (Light), as concerning the analysis and the missing process to trace the pattern.

Have you read a book that contains everything? I didn’t mean by (everything) everything. I meant a book that touch all major topics and themes that a player needs, psychology included! Yes sir. Why that famous player chose this move against his opponent and why he chose another move in a nearly similar position against another opponent. A book that contains everything you need to enjoy in chess on scientific level and ideal for training purpose, a book that enter the brain of its champion and explains how our champion chose a move and what he even missed. The title of this book is :

And this is the minimum to say of what Dr. John Nunn wrote in this last ideal book. It is a complete chess education based of the games of World Champion Lasker. Every position and game analysis by Nunn deserves to be taught. I will cite here three chapters’ titles that I felt sad they finished, as more was needed in each of them (may be the author felt that his book is getting fat by size): Defending Inferior positions, playing for the win, and making something from nothing.

In addition to the great collection of the World Champion Emmanuel Lasker, Nunn even corrected some old and recent published analysis of our hero that justify the correctness of his right judgment. Also Nunn touches the weaknesses of Lasker (very fews – I will not mention them here), and even though how his mind was functioning to reach the desirable position.

Every sentence must be read carefully, and every analysis must be followed without any rush. Take your time, enjoy the moves made by the great Doctor of philosophy that hold the supreme title longer than anyone else in the history of chess.

A seriously heavy book, that every player and coach read it.

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