This tournament was not to the stature of New York 1924. Notably absent are Reti, Bogo and Lasker. But Soltis works hard in the book's Forward section to sell it: "It's not simply a mean-spirited book", but "In contrast to his New York 1924 book, ... Alekhine goes beyond move analysis and offers deep positional insights and psychological observations".
I would add: 60 annotated games (vs. 110 in 1924), with insights and perspectives only a fellow participant can provide.
Alekhine is equally harsh on himself. See his game against Spielman (#56) where he gives a convincing winning continuation for white, had he transitioned to a king-and-pawn endgame. He laments: "Not a very easy variation -- but in better shape, the leader of the white pieces doubtlessly could have and should have figured it out. Now comes an endgame on a quite different track." We enjoy a rook endgame with sparkling play on both sides of the board.
In going from German and English description notation to English and Algebraic notation some errors may have been introduced. In game #45 the note after white's move 20 suggests "21. Qc2!". This cannot be right -- that drops the queen to the black rook on c8. "21.Qe2!" may have been intended, but without the original German source, it's a guess. And the tournament table on page 12 has incorrect point tallies for the top three finishers. Those totals should read: Capablanca (14), Alekhine (12.5) and Nimzowitsch (11.5). Again, I do not know if these errors were introduced in this translated "21st Century Edition", or were also in the original German edition.
As with other translated classics I would love to see the original on the left page (photo facsimile) with the translation and other editorial changes on the right facing page! We can hope.
- 语种： 英语
- ISBN: 1888690836
- 条形码: 9781888690835
- 商品尺寸: 15.2 x 1 x 22.9 cm
- 商品重量: 218 g
- ASIN: 1888690836
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