Monday, February 20, 2012
King's Gambit by Paul Hoffman
In a previous post, I copied a few excerpts about some violent antics by chess players ... these were typical stories from the book.
He also interjects his own story about he and his father - which for long stretches at a time, has nothing to do with chess, but nonetheless is a good read.
The one thing that struck me over and over again as I read, was how easily GMs seemingly blundered. There were at least half a dozen paragraphs where a GM was explaining the game ... he was ahead, the game was equal, but he made a strong move and would have sealed the win, except for an oversight or an outright blunder. I kept reading these passages over and over again and I couldn't help but think that blundering is just a part of chess. Professionals seemingly blunder on a regular basis! In fact, reading these passages seemed to void up my own resolve to keep at it. If these exceptional players screw up, then I shouldn't feel so bad about my shortcomings. Rather, I just need to keep at it - keep chugging along - to work at minimizing my own screw-ups. Everyone messes up.
Anyway - a great book - highly recommended.
Other Reviews of the Book
Review at ChessBase
Buy the book and read reviews at Amazon
Review at NYTimes
Review at ChessVille
Review at USCF