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INSTRUCTIVE MODERN CHESS MASTERPIECES
320 pages (248 mm by 172 mm). ISBN 1 901983 42 0.
Igor Stohl has selected 50 outstanding games from recent years and analyzed them in painstaking depth. Here he presents his findings to chess enthusiasts, who will find the games entertaining and the annotations both instructive and illuminating. Stohl is an outstanding theoretical expert, so the opening phase of each game reads like a lesson in the key strategic aspects of the opening played, with an up-to-date survey of current trends. The middlegame is dissected and the critical decisions subjected to scrutiny by an author who invites readers inside his laboratory to join him in his quest for the truth. The endgame phase, if reached, is handled with similar erudition, with insights into the grandmaster's approach to questions of technique.
Igor Stohl is a well-known grandmaster from Slovakia, who was runner-up in the World Junior Championship in 1982. He plays in several national leagues and is a noted opening theoretician. His thorough annotations frequently appear in Ceskoslovensky Sach, Informator and ChessBase Magazine.
"50 outstanding games... I enthusiastically recommend this work to players graded circa 2000 and higher and suggest the contents are best studied using two boards - one set to follow the actual game score and another for the detailed and intricate notes" - J J Walsh, IRISH TIMES
"In a world in which computer-generated books on the opening proliferate at an alarming rate, it is a pleasant surprise to encounter a collection such as this which owes almost everything to the author" - Alan Sutton, EN PASSANT
"There is a nice blend of textual explanation and comprehensive variations" - Richard Palliser, BCF WEB SITE
"Stohl scores over earlier annotations with a beguiling blend of deep analysis and adroit commentary" - John Saunders, BCM
" hugely impressive. The opening stage is replete with references to other relevant games, and the middle-games and endgames are well explained, in words as well as variations" - Phil Adams, THE MANCHESTER CHESS SCENE, THE 3 CS
"Stohl's mammoth 320-page work continues the standard of excellence that GAMBIT is already renowned for, as the dedicated Slovakian author provides the reader with 50 top-quality games analysed and explained with exceptional thoroughness and clarity. A very wide spectrum of openings is covered by Stohl's chosen masterpieces.." - GM Paul Motwani, THE SCOTSMAN
"Instructive Modern Chess Masterpieces ... is clearly a labour of love. One could safely guess that the Slovak GM has dedicated one year of his life to this book. Stohl could have probably made more money flipping burgers at McDonalds, but he has instead chosen to give us an outstanding work.... The fifty games in this book are heavily annotated, typically averaging six pages each. Stohl has chosen very tactical games rich in content. The central thesis of his book is the emphasis on dynamic play in modern chess, that more and more top players are breaking the 'so called' traditional rules of chess to create winning chances." - John Donaldson, INSIDE CHESS ONLINE
"If you were stranded on a desert island this is one book you'll wish to have packed" - Mark Donlan, CHESS HORIZONS
"This is an outstandingly thorough and insightful book. I have greatly enjoyed playing through some of the 50 deeply annotated games and learned a fair amount in the process, including various insights in the opening phase in which Stohl is a renowned expert... I heartily recommend it" - GM Jonathan Rowson
"Stohl devotes over six pages to each game... a very high quality general games collection. Highly recommended" - Paul Dunn, AUSTRALIAN CHESS FORUM
Publisher: Gambit Publications Limited