My thanks to the good folks at Chess Life for allowing me to do so. —–. Maizelis, Ilya. The Soviet Chess Primer. trans. John Sugden. Glasgow. Chess player profile of Danielius Maizelis [Даниелюс Маизелис]: Chess Games, Play Style, Ranking, Tournament History and Community comments. The Soviet Chess Primer, by Ilya Maizelis, Quality Chess , Paperback, Figurine Algebraic Notation, pp. $ (ChessCafe Price.

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Log In or Join. So far, so good. The breakneck pace of the book and the complex examples preclude me from thinking it appropriate for the beginner.

The Soviet Chess Primer by Ilya Maizelis

This is a short history of Chess; it starts with section 1 on Chaturanga and Shatranj, goes on up through section 9 on Emmanuel Lasker and section 10 on Capablanca, and then continues with section 11 on Alekhine and section 12 on the Soviet school of chess.

The final group of omissions seems to be about material specific to being a chessplayer in the Soviet Union in ; details of what one must do to achieve the various norms, tables of how to pair players in tournaments.

I have just checked the English version, the Russian version and the Russian version. If his name is recognized at all, it is as a co-author of the classic Pawn Endings with Yuri Averbakh, although in truth Maizelis was its primary author. White mates in three moves.


Such high regard may be surprising for an American audience, for whom Ilya Maizelis is something of a mystery. This review has been printed in the June issue of Chess Life. Mark all topics as READ. My thanks to the good folks at Chess Life for allowing me to do so. There are certainly better primers in print today, but few books are more chdss than is The Soviet Chess Primer.

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Yes, Black is in zugzwang, but surely there are much clearer and Elo-appropriate ways to illustrate the point than this? The Soviet Chess Primer. I have the paperback English translation.

More advanced topics, including further elucidations of combination and positional play, follow.

I suspect, however, that the particular affection felt for it by former Soviets may have another source. Until very recently it was hard to imagine Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov agreeing on much of anything.

I’ll try to track down a s hardback Russian version. I’ll struggle with the language to put it chrss Closer scrutiny of The Soviet Chess Primerhowever, leads me to question the title chosen by Quality Chess for this new translation.


The translation by John Sugden reads well, and — as one expects from Quality Chess — the production values are high. The picture below is the table of Contents of the Russian version, the contents in maizflis red box are missing in the Eng and Rus versions, and the photos of players are gone as well.

Nov 21, 4. How to exploit this white opening?

– Maizelis, Ilya

So the parts that are missing are: It should not surprise us that youthful attachment to cherished books would persist, and in this case the chesz is justified.

Games tiger 13 min ago. A big thank you CKLG for going to so much trouble. Speculation Of The End superchessmachine 9 min ago.

Latest Russian version of Chess by Maizelis

Nov 21, 2. A penultimate and unedited version of the review is reproduced here. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. The Eng version and the Rus version have the same contents.