From the bestselling author of How to Reassess Your Chess and Silman’s Complete Endgame Course now comes Silman’s Chess Odyssey. International Master Jeremy Silman' s homage - part instruction, part history, part memoir - to the game he loves.
Chess is a battle of strategy, a struggle for power and dominance. For some players simply a pastime, for others an obsession, at its highest level it rises to an art form.
Silman’s Chess Odyssey touches on all these aspects of the game, beginning on the lighter side with behind- the- scenes tales of tournament life.
From there the book takes a more serious, historical turn, profiling the lives and careers of eleven legendary players ( Adolf Anderssen, Ignatz Kolisch, Johannes Zukertort, Siegbert Tarrasch, Wilhelm Steinitz, Emanuel Lasker, Frank Marshall, Rudolf Spielmann, Alexander Alekhine, Salo Flohr, Efim Geller ) , with the help of diagrams and analysis of over 275 games.
For the third part of this 560 - page work, Jeremy Silman delves into accounts of criminals who were talented chess players, discusses a memorably odd series of games in a historic interzonal tournament, and memorializes some of his friends in the chess world.
And in a concluding fourth part, this acclaimed instructional writer and teacher offers material on openings, imbalances, tactics, psychology. and FAQs.
Illustrated throughout with Black & White photographs.
Jeremy Silman is an International Master and a world- class teacher, writer, and player who has won the American Open, the National Open, and the U.S. Open. Considered by many to be the game' s preeminent instructive writer, he is the author of over thirty- seven books, including How to Reassess your Chess, Silman' s Complete Endgame Course, The Amateur' s Mind, The Complete Book of Chess Strategy, and The Reassess Your Chess Workbook .
Grandmaster Yasser Seirawan, four-time U.S. Chess Champion :
“ I’ve long given up on favorite titles—now I think in terms of favorite chess authors: Bronstein, Fischer, Larsen, Nunn, Silman and Tal are my top six. Clear. From which, Silman gets first on my entertainment scale. Jeremy delivers unvarnished first- hand stories featuring great dollops of hilarity. If there is a chance for Jeremy to stick a foot into own mouth, he will choose both feet ! I love it ! And so will you ! J’ s Chess Odyssey is yet another marvelous insight into the wonderful world of chess. ”
International Master John Watson :
“ Chess Odyssey is a kaleidoscope of entertaining chess characters and stories. Silman gives us everything from historical drama and outrageous tales to classic games and loads of instructive tips ranging from psychology to strategy to tactics. A great read ! ”
International Master Anthony Saidy :
“As an old sidekick of Jeremy' s, I know that he is as entertaining in person as in his writings on chess, which made him a
bestseller. Here is history and instruction with the unique Silman slant. Chess should not be a dry study. Smile while you learn. ”