by Yakov Vladimirov
Publisher:Russian Chess House
This pocket-size chess book will keep you busy and excited for awhile. Every book of this series contains 100 masterpieces from the golden treasury of chess lore, that are distinguished by bright, elegant, but not too complicated solution. Therefore almost all these studies are, besides all, fine learning examples. They can be solved directly from the diagrams, without chess board and pieces.
Masterpieces of Bohemian Crystal:
Richard Reti (1889 - 1929) was a famous grandmaster and an outstanding theoretician and chess player. He composed about 100 studies, one of which (No.1) is the most popular among chess players. His work is distinguished by a love for positions with mutual zugzwang and paradoxical entry moves supported by thematic false trails. Many of his studies are based on a fascinating battle of pieces against several passed pawns. A collection of Reti's studies prepared by the author was published after his sudden death in 1929 so for this the chess world is indebted to Arthur Mandler.
Jindrich Fritz (1912 - 1984), a lawyer by profession, was a grandmaster of chess composition (1975) and an international arbiter (1956). From 1930 he composed more than 500 studies and problems. He was a follower of the Bohemian chess school; his studies invariably end in pretty and correct checkmates or stalemates. He paid much attention to echo motifs and classical domination. The elegant studies of Reti and Fritz are involuntarily associated with the gleam of the famous Bohemian crystal.
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