Publisher: Russell Enterprises, 2012 Edition: Paperback medium ISBN: 978-1-936490-21-9 Pages: 216 Language: English
Réti's "Other" Classic
Ask most chessplayers about the works by Richard Reti, and most will quickly reply Modern Ideas in Chess. His Masters of the Chessboard will be a distant second and that is unfortunate, because in many ways Masters is more comprehensive and instructive than its better-known predecessor.
He packs it with advice, even for beginners. Opening theory is a priority. Reti tells the student to understand "the basic idea" of each opening, and goes into considerable detail as he explains each of the popular lines of the day, including, of course, his own Reti Opening.
Some of the finest parts of the book are the mini-essays, most of them on openings, but also on rook endgames. It's remarkable that Reti manages to do this without going into long variations.
This practical approach is also evident when he deals with positional themes. For example, Masters can be appreciated as almost a primer on the subject of how to turn the two bishops into a significant advantage.
As noted by American grandmaster Andy Soltis in his Foreword, this entire book is "wonderfully instructive." And now it is available in a 21st-century edition, with figurine algebraic notation, with many diagrams and photos added.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Andy Soltis ...5 Author's Preface ...8
Part I The Older Masters
Adolf Anderssen ...10 Paul Morphy ...19 Wilhelm Steinitz ...30 Siegbert Tarrasch ...55 The Queen's Gambit ...67 Emanuel Lasker ...70 The Steinitz Defense of the Ruy Lopez ...83 The Ruy Lopez Eschange Variation ..90 Carl Schlechter ...100 Harry Nelson Pillsbury ...109 Examples of the Breakthrough on the Grand Scale ...110
Part II: Masters of Today
Foreword ...116 Geza Maróczy ...116 Frank Marshall ...121 Akiba Rubinstein ...124 The Rubinstein Defense of the Four Knights Game ...128 Rudolf Spielmann ... 134 Aron Nimzowitsch ...137 The Hanham Variation ...140 The Indian Defense ...143 Milan Vidmar ...149 Savielly Tartakower ...151 José Raúl Capablanca ...157 The Theory of the Caro-Kann Defence ...161 The Cambridge Springs and the Westphalia Defenses of the Queen's Gambit ...166 Rook Endgames...171 Efim Bogoljubow ...174 My System of Opening ...185 The Center Pawn as an Obstruction to Its Own Pieces ...190 Alexander Alekhine ...191 The Blumenfeld Gambit and Related Systems ...194 Declining the Cambridge Springs Variation ...204 The Technique of Chess Combinations ...208 The Alekhine Defense ...211