Kindred’s Kaleidoscope: REVIEW OF NEW IN CHESS 25TH ANNIVERSARY

By far the best chess magazine in print today is NEW IN CHESS. The latest issue celebrates the 25th anniversary with extra gift to readers with additional 40 extra pages.  This expansion is not wasted! The whole issue is packed with just about everything a chess enthusiast regardless of rating or interest will benefit. On the cover is featured the handsome youngster Magnus Carlsen who many feel will one-day be World Champion. Currently he is being coached and trained (if that is possible) by none-other-than former World Champion Garry Kasparov, many who hail him as the greatest tactician ever to play the game. You certainly will benefit from the interviews with these two and their comments on each other. As Magnus Carlsen notes, “I am very grateful for Kasparov’s help, but I am making the moves.”

Some of the headings of columns between the covers of the magazine lists the following:

  • Kramnik tops ‘Champions’ League’ in Zurich;
  • Andy Soltis on Bobby Fischer’s Openings;
  • Svidler’s Amsterdam Experience;
  • Jusst Checking: Veselin Topalov;
  • And tons more to wet your chess appetite!

I found every article of great interest. One I enjoyed expecially was Anand’s TRIPLE-A WEBSITES ACCORDING TO ANAND. And if you are a real history buff like me, you will really enjoy Genna Sosonko’s article titled: Mikhail Botvinnik, Homo Politicus. If you are a Gambiteer, you will find Jeroen Bosch’s DUTCH: PREPARING THE STAUNTON GAMBIT most fruitful. To find a bit of English humor, turn to page 112 to read OF OLD DOGS AND AN ENGLISHMAN. 44-year old GM Nigel Short who loves to deride himself as a has-been, an over-the-hill veteran, an old dog, excited his British following with an amazing 8-2 series in the Staunton Memorial in London.

For book collectors, there is the brilliant work by Genna Sosonko titled RUSSIAN SILHOUETTES, a new enlarged edition. Another achievement in the halls of McFarland are three new products:

  1. BLINDFOLD CHESS– It’s History, Psycology, Techniques, Champions, World Records, and Important Games from the research of Eliot Hearst and John knott. Noteworthy is the excellence of library binding (7×10), 444 games, photographs, diagrams, appenndices, bibliography, indexes. Price $65.
  2. ADOLF ALBIN IN AMERICA–A European Chess Master’s Sojourn, 1893-1895 by Olimpiu G. Urcan. $49.95 library binding (7×10) featuring 130 games, photographs, diagrams, tables, appenddices, notes, bibliography, indexes.
  3. ISAAC KASHDAN, AMERICAN CHESS GRANDMASTER–A Career Summary with 757 Games.  Peter P. Lahde has put together a long overdue coverage of one of our chess stars from the past. $65. kubrart bubdubg (7×10) 11 photographs, facsimiles, diagrams, tables, appendices, bibliography, indexes, high quality paper which is always McFarland. I am particuliarly happy that this book has emerged as I wrote a column for GM Kashdan in the pages of The Chess Correspondent while he was the editor. If I remember reading correctly, he was thought to be the American Capablanca, especially for his endgame skill. (But don’t quote me!).

These books are available directly from McFarland or from a host of chess outlets, most likely USCF, Barnes&Noble or Amazon.

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Lets play question and answer. The final page in New In Chess is always devoted to asking questions of famous GMs or IMs. But what would we amateurs reply to such questions? Here, I give you, the reader, opportunity to respond. Your replies  will be printed in Kindred’s Kaleidoscope.

  1. What is your favorite color?
  2. What is your favorite drink?
  3. Who is your favorite author?
  4. What is the most interesting book you have read?
  5. What movie is your favorite?
  6. Who is your favorite actor? (Male and Female)
  7. What music turns you on?
  8. What is your favorite tournament to play in?
  9. What is your best result?
  10. Who is your favorite chess star of all-time?
  11. What chessbook had the most influence on you?
  12. What do you like or dislike most?
  13. What two favorite people would you like to invite to share a meal with?
  14. What is your greatest fear?
  15. What would you save most from a house fire?
  16. If you could change things in the chessworld, what would it be?
  17. Is a knowledge of chess helpful in your life?
  18. What is the best thing ever said about chess you experienced?

Looking forward to hearing from you! Thanks!!

Adios for now!!

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