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myway316 37 ( +1 | -1 )
What is... ...the worst chess book ever written? Some of my candidates are: Idle Passion(Chess and the Dance of Death)by A.Cockburn;anything by Franklin K.Young(a turn of the century "expert" who used military gibberish to explain the game),and last,but not least,any of the numerous and dreadfully bad books by Eric Schiller,especially those on the openings. Any other nominees out there?
t0ned0g 7 ( +1 | -1 )
Schiller! and some by Soltis, who throws out about a book every two months!
myway316 15 ( +1 | -1 )
I'll agree partially with you... ...about Soltis.His "historical" books,like his bio of Marshall,are pretty good,but his opening books are awful,coming under the heading of "potboilers".
tonlesu 12 ( +1 | -1 )
???? How about "OK buddy---you got five minutes!" Judy pologar

Or 'My hundred most exciting draws" Carl schliter
myway316 15 ( +1 | -1 )
Now,now Tonlesu... leave my man Schlecter alone! Carl did have a lot of exciting draws;look at his match with Lasker. As for Judith,I never heard of that one!
myway316 15 ( +1 | -1 )
Now,now Tonlesu... leave my man Schlecter alone! Carl did have a lot of exciting draws;look at his match with Lasker. As for Judith,I never heard of that one!
tonlesu 45 ( +1 | -1 )
Myway That was a great fighting match but Lasker could extract macho from a milquetoast. Pologar retired at 23, she made a fortune off that five minute stuff.
Worst book is interesting topic but to be honest, I don't think I've ever had a chess book I didn't get some benefit from. Rating chess books is kinda like rating sex---It's fantastic; it's great; it's excellent; it's good; it's pretty good! And thats as bad as it gets!
gambitnut 18 ( +1 | -1 )
I've never read this book but ... ... this review is hard to beat!
mormel12 9 ( +1 | -1 )
wow that certainly invites someone to buy the book.
was it only to see if it's really that bad:)
myway316 39 ( +1 | -1 )
I have the Van Reek book... ...and it's aptly authored-this book reeks! The only saving grace is where Spassky himself annotates,but for the rest,it's a lot of gibberish,and the "translations" are a scream. Van Reek tried to blend Nimzovich with The Book of Five Rings,and The Art of War,and ended up coming off as a pompous, windbag jackass,who should be committed if he ever attempts to "write" another chess book ever again.
tonlesu 78 ( +1 | -1 )
Grand Strategy I hate to criticize someones use of english, especially, here in America, where we haven't used it for years. But the english in this book is so deliciously low, it makes the book, almost, irresistible.

However, there are times when the book rises above such criticism and comes up with some real pearls of wisdom. Look at this gem "Whites courageous advance starts a new harmonica."
You ever been in a tight, tense situation on the chessboard when, out of the blue, you're opponent whips out the old harmonica and begins to serenade you with a little diity that gets your toes tapping and your body moving in rhythm to the music. All of a sudden you're caught off gaurd and he hits you with the bishop sacrifice on h7---
God, I hate it when that happens.
myway316 16 ( +1 | -1 )
Van Reek(what a name!)... fast becoming the Edward D.Wood,Jr. of the chess book writing set. Grand Strategy is the Plan 9 From Outer Space of chess books-it's so bad,it's good!
tonlesu 22 ( +1 | -1 )
Exactly The cheesier the horror movie, the better it was. If they sucked big time, they were usually pretty good. Some became cult classics. Maybe Van Reek will become a cult classic.
gambitnut 12 ( +1 | -1 )
Yet another just popped up!
honololou 3 ( +1 | -1 )
thanks for the links, gambitnut… I think we have a winner.
judokausa 24 ( +1 | -1 )
Even better! Here is a book reviewed by the late, great GM Anthony Miles that might be a contender.
clemens 10 ( +1 | -1 )
“Restraint has the aim of restricting the opponent’s abilities.”


From the van Reek book, quoted by the review.
myway316 6 ( +1 | -1 )
I liked both of Mile's reviews Especially the one about Schiller's "effort'-short,and to the point!
judokausa 9 ( +1 | -1 )
schiller I think Miles felt that writing more was an utter waste of time.
myway316 23 ( +1 | -1 )
So... ...if Van Reek is the Edward D.Wood,Jr of chess books,I guess that makes Schiller the Phil "One-Shot"Tucker(Robot Monster) of the bunch.Someone ought to vaporize all of Eric's books with a Calcinator Death Ray!
judokausa 3 ( +1 | -1 )
LOL STttttop! No more! (ROFL)