Chess Lists, 2d ed.


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About the Book

The best, the worst, the shortest, the oddest, the longest, the most deceitful, the most memorable, the most brilliant, the dumbest—of players, games, matches, tournaments, books, ideas, etc. The lists are replete with background detail and exact facts—this second edition of Soltis’s classic 1984 book is altogether an essential part of any chess collection and a browser’s delight. The new edition contains 25 percent more lists, games, diagrams and annotations. The majority of lists from the first edition have been updated or expanded—or both.

About the Author(s)

Grandmaster Andrew Soltis, nine times champion of the Marshall Chess Club, New York Post editor and Chess Life columnist, is the author of dozens of chess books. He lives in New York City.

Bibliographic Details

Andy Soltis
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 257
Bibliographic Info: diagrams, indexes
Copyright Date: 2002
pISBN: 978-0-7864-1296-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1831-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface     1

1 How We Play the Game     3
2 The Best (and Some Worst)     33
3 Masters at Play     60
4 Fakes, Myths and Real Jobs     89
5 Life, Death and the World Championship     116
6 The Great, the Most and the Tragic     148
7 Openings and Endings and What’s in Between     188
8 Last Words     226

Index of Openings (Descriptive)     239
Index of Openings (ECO)     240
General Index     241

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “Just the right combination of fascination and brio”—Chess Life
  • “A real browser’s delight”—San Francisco Chronicle
  • “Arguably the best chess writer on the American scene…opulent”—Washington Times
  • “A wonderfully readable book…fascinating”—Boston Herald
  • “Enjoyable”—British Chess Magazine
  • “Provides much fascination, amusement, and food for thought…stimulating company”—Chessopolis
  • “Extraordinary…hundreds of curious chess facts…highly readable…fantastic collection”—Chess Mail
  • “Updated…expanded…fun to browse through…should not be missing from any chess library”—The Washington Post
  • “Lists are complete with background detail”—Chess Horizons
  • “Presents us with truth and entertainment…buy this book”—Correspondence Chess News
  • “Noted author and chess master Andy Soltis delivers the best, the worst, the shortest, the longest, the oddest, the most brilliant, and the most memorable games, books, and matches in chess history…lots of great info…highly-recommended”—The Charleston Daily News