Modern Chess Formula
This book is dedicated to chess, though I must confess it is not that same chess with which I immediately
and eternally fell in love many, many years ago.
There were plenty of wonderful moments, and no shortage of horrible disappointments associated with
that version of the game in which I certainly considered myself a true professional. The realities of chess
life during the second half of the twentieth century are diffi cult for today’s young people to imagine or
understand: Tournaments lasting 30,40 days with adjourned games being completed on specific days
allotted for such adjournments.
Unbelievable time trouble given that back then only the unrestrained dreamer David Bronstein even
thought about incremental time to be added after each move. Mountains of cigarette butts in ashtrays —
a fixed attribute of the chess battles and battlefields in those severest of days. Finally, suitcases filled to
the very brim with Yugoslav Chess Informants and handmade card indexes.
The arrival of computers dramatically changed the game, while the birth of “Chessbase” made all those
aforementioned suitcases that much lighter. Still, in the early 80’s this new trend caught onwith but a
select few even if the value of electronic databases was certainly evident.
As I am publishing this book in 2020 it is important to recall that back in 2004, during the Kramnik-
Leko championship match, a famous episode involving weak computer analysis could still take place.