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Zurich International Chess Tournament, 1953

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This legendary tournament features 210 hotly contested games, many of them masterpieces of the first rank. The first authoritative English translation from the Russian, this volume was written by one of the leading competitors. Its perceptive coverage includes games by Smyslov, Keres, Reshevsky, Petrosian and 11 others. Algebraic notation. 352 diagrams.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 1st 1979 by Dover Publications (first published 1956)
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Oct 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: games
Never ask a question unless you know the answer.

So, I'm about to do the thing you do with this book. You call it stellar, you say it alone would be sufficient justification for the entire life of the writer, you rave on too much.

But then you see this, at Edward Winter's site:

Bronstein expressed irritation that he was remembered for his world championship match with Botvinnik and his book on the 1953 Candidates’ tournament.

Forget I mentioned your book David Bronstein.

And it gets worse. No wond
Serge Pierro
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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One of the most important books ever written on chess. Bronstein does an amazing job annotating the games between many of the greatest players of the day at the 1953 Zurich International Chess Tournament. There is so much useful instruction throughout this book, that one reading will not suffice. I lost track of how many times I went from cover to cover. A must read for the serious chess aficionado!
Jul 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Among the strongest chess tournaments ever, the 210 games played in Zurich, 1953, were annotated by participant David Bronstein shortly after the tournament ended. Written in Russian, the book, first published in the late 1950s, was not published in an English translation until the late 1970s. The openings and the endgames are not much attended to in Bronstein's comments, but with the comments that he does provide Bronstein has given us a sort of textbook on the middle game. Bronstein considered ...more
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it

Excellent, chatty, entertaining annotations. In lucid prefaces, Bronstein explains the evolution of the philosophy underlying chess strategy. This work captures the excitement of this iconic tournament, whilst being a great source of instruction for the ambitious learner who also enjoys the history of the game.
Mark Thornton
Dec 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a fantastic tournament book, about a particularly special tournament: it was the first tournament in which new young chess players challenged the pre-war chess elite, and the outpouring of chess creativity was sensational.
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I'd restate what one fellow chess lover has stated, the three top game collection books are:

1)1953 Zurich
2)Botvinnik 100 Selected Games
3)My 60 Memorable Games
Vishnuprasad R
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
One of the best chess book. Annotated by David Bronstein. Zurich 1953 is a candidates tournament to determine the challenger for the world championship. Bronstein gives an in-depth analysis of all games played in the tournament.
Enjoy the mysteries with Bronstein.
Dominic Carrasco
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating book. I would recommend it to anyone who has trouble understanding things like h5,d3 or opening like the English opening reti opening kings pawn queens pawn kings pawn game queens pawn game center game ross gambit etc
Tim Reisner
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of my favourite chess books. It's really superb. ...more
Hakkı Sayın
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazon'dan sipariş ettiğim ilk kitap. Dili, anlatımı ve analizleriyle müthiş bir eserdir. ...more
Greg Getner
Mar 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
one of the best tournaments ever, great games
Jun 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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One of the greatest chess tournaments of all time, annotated by David Bronstein.
May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
You don't have a chess library if you don't gave this. ...more
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