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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

A Really Big Chess Book

     British FM Jimmy Adams must have set some sort of record with his monster chess book Gyula Breyer: The Chess Revolutionary. It's 877 pages!! The Kindle edition sells for $37.99 and the hardcover edition for $21.37 
     Adams is a prolific chess author who has written, translated and compiled a wide range of books on openings, historical tournaments and legendary players. His books include Johannes Zukertort, Artist of the Chessboard and Mikhail Chigorin, The Creative Genius
     Adams began his chess career at the age of 11 when he joined a local chess club in Islington, North London. He soon became a London Junior Champion but then played relatively little chess throughout the rest of the sixties, apart from in 1967, when he traveled widely and enjoyed tournament successes at home and abroad. 
     He returned to chess during the Fischer Era and in the London Amateur Championship he scored a 100 percent! And, in 1976, he played for the strong London Central YMCA team and came third to Bronstein and Taimanov in a 15-minute tournament held at the club. 
     Playing at home and abroad throughout the 1970s, his rating was 2300+ and at the same time he was a prolific contributor to the British Chess Magazine. In 1979, he won the Metropolitan Club Championship and for the next ten years competed successfully on top board for that club against many titled players – after which he stopped playing chess altogether. 
    Adams is best known as an author/translator/compiler of books on openings, historical tournaments and a number of Soviet GMs . He also worked as an editor for Pergamon Press which was subsequently taken over by Everyman. He then served as an adviser to Batsford, for whom he has helped publish well over a hundred chess titles, including best games collections of Fischer, Lasker, Petrosian, Gligoric, Najdorf and Judit Polgar. 
     For many years he also taught chess in various schools throughout the London area. He edited the English magazine Chess for nineteen years, until stepping down in 2010. He currently contributes to New in Chess
     His book on Breyer features articles, columns and fragments from newspapers, magazines and books, most of which appear in English for the first time.  There are 240 of his games, many annotated by Breyer himself. There is a 35 page pdf excerpt available from New In Chess HERE. You can also read the Google preview HERE
     Gyula Breyer (April 30, 1893 – November 9, 1921), a leading Hypermodern, won the Hungarian championship in 1912. His promising career was cut short by heart disease when he died in 1921 at the age of 28 in Bratislava, Slovakia where he was buried. He was exhumed in 1987 and reburied in Budapest. 
     You can access Reti's Modern Ideas In Chess as presented by Open Chess Books, a project by Degenerate Metrics HERE. Open Chess books also has Capablanca's Chess Fundamentals available HERE.

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