Tuesday 18 September 2007

Simple Chess

There have been a number of chess books with this title, but for players of my generation "Simple Chess" by Michael Stean is the book of this name. I picked up a newish copy (2002 algebraic reprint) on my holiday for a very reasonable HK$71.00 (a little over Aus$11 at the current exchange rate).
The reprint is by Dover Publications who have reprinted a huge number of chess books over the years. Thinking that this was a bargain price for a book I had a look at their website and to my joy have discovered that most of their reprints are this cheap. Most of the books would be less than $20 and although most of them (but not all) could be termed "historic" it is a cheap way to fill the gaps in your chess library.

But back to Simple Chess. Here is a game from the book played by the author against Jonathan Mestel in the 1974 British Championship playoffs.

Stean,M (2345) - Mestel,A (2270) [C07]
BCF-ch playoff Llanelli (1), 14.12.1974

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.Ngf3 cxd4 6.Bc4 Qd6 7.0-0 Nc6 8.Nb3 Nf6 9.Nbxd4 Nxd4 10.Nxd4 Bd7 11.Bb3 Qc7 12.Bg5 Ne4 13.Bh4 Bd6 14.Qg4 Bxh2+ 15.Kh1 Qf4 (D)
16.Qxg7 Qxh4 17.Qxh8+ Ke7 18.Nf3 Qh6 19.Qxa8 Ng3+ 20.fxg3 Bxg3+ 21.Kg1 Qe3+ 22.Kh1 Qh6+ ½-½

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