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The Art of Giving Mate

200 Seiten, kartoniert, Caissa Chess Books, 1. Auflage 2003.

18,80 €
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This is one of the last books of the twice Hungarian Champion, Attila Schneider, who died recently of heart failure. His work is characterized by what is termed an ironic humour, and is interspersed with wisecracks by such classics as Moliere, Goethe, Shakespeare, Dostoyevski, Villon and others. The annotations to this splendid selection of games are funny, original, and instructional. It is a highly entertaining book for beginners and Professionals alike, as well as for all those who are interested in fine games of chess ended in spectacular mates.

Here is one of the cracks, made by the composer Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Chess is too earnest for a game; too much of a game to be earnest about."

At the time when I was laying out Grandmaster Bilek's splendid book entitled In Perpetual Check Till Death, it was myself who wrote the foreword to it. Permit me to start this one also in the same manner.

I don't like humans. I don't like them, because I don't know them. It is the epitaph of the Hungarian writer Milan Fust that I agree with: "He liked few people, and even them he hated". I want this inscribed on my grave, too. Nor do I like myself, either, though it's a fact that I do not know myself.

You are holding an unusual book in your hands. Its subject is checkmating, the path leading to mate, or the avoidance of it. The better understanding of the games is assisted by innumerable diagrams, analyses and annotations. About this latter, some words are indispensable.

I have introduced a new kind of style into the book, that's why its sub-title is "or a very Rude Chess Book". To put it more clearly, I have created two sorts of caricatures: that of the brilliant writer, and that of the fatuous reader. I accuse the readers, while entertaining them with the spectacles of games and mates one more beautiful than the other, with the most primitive mental aberrations; whilst I, the writer, am infallible. The reader is ignorant, dumb and is usually regarded as one who does not know his ass from a hole in the ground, whilst the writer is brilliant and is probably the greatest thinker of our century, and I could yet enumerate further instances of pompousness, one more repellent than the other. Yet, if someone is fond of black humour, and is listening to what I say, and is just laughing at the way I say it, (s)he can easily fall in love with the book.

Since it frequently occurs that I impartially express my opinion of such things, too, which seem to have nothing to do with the art of giving mate, I do solemnly declare that apart from my constant pecking at you, you are wrong again. In this work everything has to do with the subject of the work, you just fail to notice it. The subject of the work is mate-giving, but as you are already accustomed to it that even the most voluble chess book writers content themselves with such stereotypies as "White stands better" or "Black stands better", it is possible, I admit, that the sometimes philosophical thoughts I expose, the quotations helping better understanding, and the new, refreshing tone I'm using may seem to be unusual and may mislead the reader. Therefore, in order that you can better understand what I am just setting forth, permit me to use a quotation:

"That Christ had faith and He taught it, is clear, but it is not that He Himself wanted to be the subject of the faith."

Kant

If you turn this quotation over in your mind and understand it, then you will also understand the work you are holding in your hands.

Attila Schneider

This is one of the last books of the twice Hungarian Champion, Attila Schneider, who died recently of heart failure. His work is characterized by what is termed an ironic humour, and is interspersed with wisecracks by such classics as Moliere, Goethe, Shakespeare, Dostoyevski, Villon and others. The annotations to this splendid selection of games are funny, original, and instructional. It is a highly entertaining book for beginners and Professionals alike, as well as for all those who are interested in fine games of chess ended in spectacular mates.

Here is one of the cracks, made by the composer Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Chess is too earnest for a game; too much of a game to be earnest about."

At the time when I was laying out Grandmaster Bilek's splendid book entitled In Perpetual Check Till Death, it was myself who wrote the foreword to it. Permit me to start this one also in the same manner.

I don't like humans. I don't like them, because I don't know them. It is the epitaph of the Hungarian writer Milan Fust that I agree with: "He liked few people, and even them he hated". I want this inscribed on my grave, too. Nor do I like myself, either, though it's a fact that I do not know myself.

You are holding an unusual book in your hands. Its subject is checkmating, the path leading to mate, or the avoidance of it. The better understanding of the games is assisted by innumerable diagrams, analyses and annotations. About this latter, some words are indispensable.

I have introduced a new kind of style into the book, that's why its sub-title is "or a very Rude Chess Book". To put it more clearly, I have created two sorts of caricatures: that of the brilliant writer, and that of the fatuous reader. I accuse the readers, while entertaining them with the spectacles of games and mates one more beautiful than the other, with the most primitive mental aberrations; whilst I, the writer, am infallible. The reader is ignorant, dumb and is usually regarded as one who does not know his ass from a hole in the ground, whilst the writer is brilliant and is probably the greatest thinker of our century, and I could yet enumerate further instances of pompousness, one more repellent than the other. Yet, if someone is fond of black humour, and is listening to what I say, and is just laughing at the way I say it, (s)he can easily fall in love with the book.

Since it frequently occurs that I impartially express my opinion of such things, too, which seem to have nothing to do with the art of giving mate, I do solemnly declare that apart from my constant pecking at you, you are wrong again. In this work everything has to do with the subject of the work, you just fail to notice it. The subject of the work is mate-giving, but as you are already accustomed to it that even the most voluble chess book writers content themselves with such stereotypies as "White stands better" or "Black stands better", it is possible, I admit, that the sometimes philosophical thoughts I expose, the quotations helping better understanding, and the new, refreshing tone I'm using may seem to be unusual and may mislead the reader. Therefore, in order that you can better understand what I am just setting forth, permit me to use a quotation:

"That Christ had faith and He taught it, is clear, but it is not that He Himself wanted to be the subject of the faith."

Kant

If you turn this quotation over in your mind and understand it, then you will also understand the work you are holding in your hands.

Attila Schneider

Details
Sprache Englisch
Autor Schneider, Attila
Verlag Caissa Chess Books
Auflage 1.
Medium Buch
Gewicht 250 g
Breite 14,2 cm
Höhe 19,6 cm
Seiten 200
Erscheinungsjahr 2003
Einband kartoniert
Inhalte

007 Prefatory Discourse

011Pawn Mates

015Pawns Going on a Journey

019The Black King Calls on the Enemy's Camp

021When It Is the White King that Calls on the Enemy's Camp

023Pawn Mate with a Queen Sacrifice

025Pawn Mates Along the 2nd (or 7th) Rank

029Pawn Mates with a Queen Sac in Postal Games

031Pawn Mates to Kings Mislaid on the 4th Rank

039Bishop Mates

043A Clear Image in a Mirror

057Beautiful But Not True

063The Strength of the Bishop

069Astounding Mates

075Knight Mates

081Smothered Mates with Alternate Colours

085Tales About Bolting Knights 5

089Queen Sacrifices Tantamount to an Invasion of Locusts

107When Human Stupidity is Tamed into Mate

121Rook Mates

125Oversights of Rook Mates on Not Top-Grade Level

131Rook Mates Seasoned with a Queen Sacrifice

143Queen Mates

149Interesting Queen Mates to Similar People

157The Case of the Poisoned Rooks

171Fatal Oversights

183Double Checkmates

187Double Checkmates, or the "Hold on, Reader" Variation

The Art of Giving Mate

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18.8