Author: Pachman, Ludek (1924-2003)
Publisher: Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons
x+318 pages with diagrams. Octavo (8 3/4" x 5 3/4") issued in brown cloth with silver lettering to spine and silver decorative cover. Translated and abridge, from the German translation of the Czech, by Alan S Russell. (Betts: 18-16) First British edition.
A shortened version in English of Moderne Schaschstrategie, published in three volumes Prague, Artia; Berlin Sportverlag, 1958 (itself a revised translation of the original Czech Strategie moderniho sachu, published 1948-50). The abridgment has been achieved by reduction of the illustrative games, not the text. A comprehensive work on middle-game strategy, in 17 chapters: The basic concepts of chess strategy. The value of the pieces. The minor pieces. The rooks. The queen and play with the heavy pieces. The king. Exchange of material. The pawns. The center. Superiority on the wings. The minority attack. The strategical points. Dynamic elements. Methods of conducting the fight. Individual style. Psychological play. Conformity and contradiction in chess. In most cases there are further sub-divisions of these topic, each discussed, analyzed with diagrammed positions, and exemplified by complete games, annotated both generally and with particular reference to the concept under examination. 100 games (from onwards) are included in all.
Corners bumped. Jacket edge wear, spine ends chipped, soiled, spine darkened. Very good in a about very good dust jacket.