U Cannot Be Serious – Avant-Garde Strategy in Chess
Modern chess is getting to be more and more a young man’s game. Over the last decades, with the
growth of internet and the development of chess engines, high quality chess material has become readily
available. And the young generation knows how to put these opportunities into effect, the result being a
much larger pool of strong players than the aged authors have ever witnessed in their respective primes.
Openings are researched and tested with the strongest computer programs; this has led to a revival of
concrete evaluation of positions and the good old intuition being pushed towards the background.
Contemporary chess is lively and we see experimental approaches, but in general backed up with
What will this book present you? First of all a more elaborate picture of Michael Basman’s chess, based
on my experiences with this creative master. We played together in two early tournaments around 1980,
and (especially in the second one) we discussed the ideas which has given me a clearer idea of the man’s
way of chess thinking than before – because the multiple outright rejections in the past and on the net
are clear proof that it is not so easy to understand new and creative ideas. These two tournaments, the
Biel Masters in 1979 and the Liege Open in 1981 will be presented in separate reports of the events,
focusing on the games of the hero of this book, from my point of view.
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