My Best Games of Chess, 1935-1957

My Best Games of Chess, 1935-1957

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Author: Smyslov, Vasily Vasilievich (1921- )

Year: 1958

Publisher: David McKay Co

Place: New York


xxxv+154 pages with diagrams. Octavo (8 3/4" x 5 1/2") Issued in red cloth with gilt lettering to spine. 1st published in USSR in 1952. Translated and edited by P H Clarke. (Betts: 29-130) First American edition.

A collection of sixty-seven of Smyslov's best games from the start of his career to 1957, selected for this book with the help of the author. Smyslov had at last wrested the World Championship from his great predecessor, Botvinnik, which brings added interest to his games; through them can be traced the development of the skill, understanding and style of a World Champion. His development was gradual: as he grew in knowledge and confidence so his games showed increasing mastery, until in recent years they had displayed that logical simplicity and clarity and, particularly, consummate end game technique which has brought comparison with Capablanca in his prime. Undoubtedly Smyslov's best games deserve to stand beside those of the other great masters, past and present. There is an account of Smyslov's career with an interesting discussion of his style by the Soviet master P A Romanovsky and an illuminating foreword by Smyslov himself.


Points bumped, book plate on front pastedown. Jacket soiled, edges and spine ends chipped with some loss and wear else a very good in a about very good dust jacket.
A very good copy in a very good dust jacket.

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