My thanks to the good folks at Chess Life for allowing me to do so. —–. Maizelis, Ilya. The Soviet Chess Primer. trans. John Sugden. Glasgow. Chess player profile of Danielius Maizelis [Даниелюс Маизелис]: Chess Games, Play Style, Ranking, Tournament History and Community comments. The Soviet Chess Primer, by Ilya Maizelis, Quality Chess , Paperback, Figurine Algebraic Notation, pp. $ (ChessCafe Price.

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Danielius Maizelis

I suspect, however, that the particular affection felt for it by former Soviets may have another source. Yes, Black is in zugzwang, but surely there are much clearer and Elo-appropriate ways to illustrate the point than this? Again, I suppose chhess omission is forgivable; the English speaker has access to what is presumably much better material covering the same territory. IMBacon 24 min ago.

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Chess books were hard to come by in the Soviet Union as demand was high and paper was often scarce. It should not surprise us that youthful maize,is to cherished books would persist, and in this case the attachment is justified.

A penultimate and unedited version of the review is reproduced here. This site uses cookies. Nov 20, 1. DamonevicSmithlov 10 min ago. Like Morphy and Fischer Alpha Zero is done. Closer scrutiny of The Soviet Chess Primerhowever, leads me to question the title chosen by Quality Chess for this new translation.

The Soviet Chess Primer by Ilya Maizelis

There are certainly better primers in print today, but few books are more interesting than is The Soviet Chess Primer. Both Karpov and Kasparov are quoted on the cover, and they both love this book. This review has been printed in the June issue of Chess Life.


Games tiger 13 min ago. The picture below is the table of Contents of the Russian version, the contents in the red box are missing in the Eng and Rus versions, and the photos of players are gone as well. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: I really love maizdlis book and would like to get a hardback version which has the more extensive content.

This could be reasonable on account of the material being dated; extensive revision, amounting to writing the section over again, would be needed to bring it up to date. Nov 21, 4. Despite my reservations about the title, The Soviet Chess Primer is a fine book and its acclaim is deserved. maizelus

The Soviet Chess Primer by Ilya Maizelis, Improvement chess book by Quality Chess

The Soviet Chess Primer. So maizeliss parts that are missing are: Until very recently it was hard to imagine Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov agreeing maiaelis much of anything. This is a short history of Chess; it starts with section 1 on Chaturanga and Shatranj, goes on up through section 9 on Emmanuel Lasker and section 10 on Capablanca, and then continues with section 11 on Alekhine and section 12 on the Soviet chews of chess.

I’d like to know, before I go trying to track one down, whether the Russian hardback edition has the original ‘s content: A big thank you CKLG for going to so much trouble. Nov 22, 5. More advanced topics, including further elucidations of combination and positional play, follow.


A quick glance at the table of contents would suggest that the English title is apt.

So far, so good. Magnus Carlsen–did he use cheat codes at world championship? I’ll struggle with the language to put it mildly! How to exploit this white opening? Nov 21, 2. Log In or Join.

The final group of omissions seems to be about material specific to being a chses in the Soviet Union in ; details of what one must do to achieve the various norms, tables of how to pair players in tournaments. That has answered my question completely.

The few references to Maizelis that exist in English describe him as a translator and endgame analyst, with special expertise in pawn endings and technical rook endings.

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I have the paperback English translation. Nov 23, 6. Nov 24, 7.

In Book Two, starting at pagethe systematic course in the openings. The breakneck pace of the book and the complex examples preclude me from thinking it appropriate for the beginner.

If his name is recognized at all, it is as a co-author of the classic Pawn Malzelis with Yuri Averbakh, although in truth Maizelis was its primary author. The Eng version and the Rus version have the same contents.