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tulkos 14 ( +1 | -1 )
If you were on a trip to mars, and you could only take one chessbook, what one would you take, assuming you could have any chess book ever written.
hardcorepawn 12 ( +1 | -1 )
Batsford Chess Openings By Kasparov and Keene written in the mid 80's. Had this book for 16 years and still refer to now. And in fact it is my only opening book.
zdrak 3 ( +1 | -1 )
Endgame Strategy

by Shereshevsky
premium_steve 38 ( +1 | -1 )
i only have 3 or 4 books, so i'd probably take my old opening book. i have capablanca's best chess endings, but that's kind of short and i don't like studying endgames much anyway. i have to study them, though, if i want to get better. is Endgame Strategy by Shereshevsky a good choice, zdrak? if i decide to start studying endgames, i mean? thanks
hardcorepawn 12 ( +1 | -1 )
endgameS is the area I really need to improve on, I try to win before then with cheap tricks :) seems to be working though :)
tulkos 27 ( +1 | -1 )
funny, I've never hads any problem with endgames, and I usually find the best move in most situations, though occasionally I am outplayed. i would probably take the largest book I could find of grandmaster games from Morphys time to Tals.
mlazar 3 ( +1 | -1 )
I'd take Reti's ..Masters of the Chessboard.
clemens 12 ( +1 | -1 )
Zurich International Chess Tournament 1953, by David Bronstein.

More than 200 games of endless enjoyment :)
calmrolfe 43 ( +1 | -1 )
Difficult ! I have a library of some 250 chess books and I would like to take them all !! However, If I am limited to just one then it may as well be the one that I am reading at the moment, which happens to be Moderni Sachova Strategie by Ludek Pachman. The only downside to taking this book is that it is written in Czech, which is definately not my favourite foreign language, but, hey !! Chess is supposed to be a universal language.....


Kind regards,

tulkos 3 ( +1 | -1 )
to choose one book is rather difficult, so what two would you pick?
tulkos 6 ( +1 | -1 )
I would take The Art of the Attack and 5,334 Problems, Combinations & Games by Laszlo polgar.
lhunter 63 ( +1 | -1 )
I would take... ...without a doubt, Irving Chernev's "Wonders and Curiosities of Chess". Every time I pick up this book, I find something different that I missed before.

It's an unusual blend of chess history, brilliant miniatures, unusual coincidences, unbelievable positions and odd events, covering all the greatest players (and some unknown players) up till 1974... all with annotated games and board positions.

It isn't a serious reference for game analysis connoisseurs, but it certainly is an enjoyable read.

Warning: My edition is in descriptive rather than in algebraic notation (which suits me fine).

Any one out there own a copy?

calmrolfe 64 ( +1 | -1 )
tulkos I haven't read that book "5,344 problems", but, if it is written by Laszlo Polgar I am sure that it will be very good as he has an almost unique insight into chess training, witness the amazing chess prowess of all three of his daughters.

Sofia Polgar gave me some very good advice on how to memorise chess positions and "store" chess positions in my mind, which I have found to have helped me enormously. I believe Laszlo has published his complete training methods, but unfortunately I have not got a copy of that book. Instead, I mainly rely on Dvoretsky's published works.

Kind regards,

tulkos 6 ( +1 | -1 )
would you mind sharing the advice sofia polgar gave you? or is it a carefully concealed secret? ;-)
calmrolfe 1 ( +1 | -1 )
:) Secret...........!!
rayape 11 ( +1 | -1 )
english does anyone out there still play the english? happens to be my favorite...but then wierd......
tulkos 11 ( +1 | -1 )
I thought of playing it, I still might try it out. the greatest thing about the english is that it can be played against 'most anything.
hardcorepawn 20 ( +1 | -1 )
I play the english In fact I setup a mini tournament for it, but you arent quite high enough rating.

Btw tulkos, are we allowed to take a chess board and pieces with us on the trip to mars, or just a book?
tulkos 3 ( +1 | -1 )
I suppose a small, magnetic board with 2 sets of pieces would be alowable. ;-)
nottop 15 ( +1 | -1 )
zdrak is right Better to study endgames than openings. If you ever got back to earth - would do well. If left on Mars - what would it matter?
tulkos 12 ( +1 | -1 )
well, The idea is that it would be a loooong trip--- and you want something to do besides look at the the little knobs and lights!
clemens 25 ( +1 | -1 )
On a side note: does anyone know the scene in 2001 - A Space Odyssey where HAL plays a game of chess with one of the crew members? Couldn't help be reminded of it.... And now, as a bonus assignment: reproduce the position and HAL's winning combination!

calmrolfe 8 ( +1 | -1 )
Lunar Chess I played in a Chess Tournament once on the Moon.....hated it.....there was no atmosphere !!

paolo 48 ( +1 | -1 )
clemens the game Poole-HAL9000 can be found in the book "The 1000 Best Short Games of Chess" by Irving Chernev.
It's indeed an actual game played in the early years of the last century.

The final combination is 15...Qf3 16.Qc8 Rxc8 17.h3 Nxh3+ 18.Kh2 Ng4#.

1- Hal9000 gives the 15th moves incorrectly ("Queen to Bishop Three" instead of "Queen to Bishop six"). It's an error of the screenplay or is it to let you foresee what is to come?
2- Earlier in the film there's a character whose name is "Dr. Smyslov"
clemens 99 ( +1 | -1 )
I've done some research on the HAL 9000 game myself, and here's the full game score for anyone interested:

[Event "Hamburg"]
[Site "Hamburg"]
[Date "1910-??-??"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "0-1"]
[White "Roesch"]
[Black "Schlage"]
[ECO "C86"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[PlyCount "36"]
[EventDate "?"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.Qe2 b5
6.Bb3 Be7 7.c3 O-O 8.O-O d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Nxe5 Nf4
11.Qe4 Nxe5 12.Qxa8 Qd3 13.Bd1 Bh3 {The position after 13...Bh3,
and the ones that follow, were used in Stanley Kubrick's movie
"2001: A Space Odyssey" for the game between Frank Poole
and the HAL-9000.} 14.Qxa6 Bxg2
15.Re1 Qf3 0-1

I have also found out, as you said, paolo, that Hal gives the queen move incorrectly.... considering that Kubrick was quite a good chess player and his meticulous attention to detail, I'd be ready to believe this was an intended instance of foreshadowing.

I didn't notice the Dr. Smyslov though, that's interesting. Do you think it's a coincidence? Maybe it's a common Russian name....
atrifix 28 ( +1 | -1 )
HAL also incorrectly gave the combination--as paolo pointed out, White can stave off mate for a few moves, but HAL just have the immediate 16. BxQ NxB mate. Whether this is foreshadowing or just an error in the script is hard to say.