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gibo 44 ( +1 | -1 )
anyone ever thought of writing a chess book? Im thinking of writing a book on each of the world champions with their history, background etc and some of their best games maybe 5 from each and also some info and games on some of the current best ie judit polgar, vishy anad, kramnik, leko. Im not a titled player though will that sort of dent my chances of good sales is it worht bothering if im not a titled player?
caldazar 70 ( +1 | -1 )
Depends If you just want to write some kind of biographical work about famous players and chess history in general, as long as you're a very good writer, I don't see why it would matter who you were in particular. If you want to write a book that includes game analysis, well, then it probably matters. If you're not an accomplished player, you likely won't have the knowledge and experience to accurately analyze a wide variety of games you wish to include in your book.

Also, that's likely to be some giant book; rather hefty books have already been written about single players! (Such as "The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal", an excellent and entertaining read).
gibo 29 ( +1 | -1 )
yes but i dont think that there has been a book done a veriety of great players just individual players. I still believe some chess players can be very good coaches, theoraticians and at annoting great games without being great players.
zdrak 21 ( +1 | -1 )
There is a book about all the world champions. Biographies, selected games, etc. The name of the book is, "11 champions" (yes, there were only 11 at the time it was written), and I used to own a copy until I gave it away.
mettlesome 43 ( +1 | -1 )
Also you have.... You have two very famous books by Richard Reti.... "Modern ideas in Chess" and then "Masters of the chessboard" in which not only did he give a chapter to most of the great players up until his time (starting at Andersson and finishiing with the Hypermoderns), but also (since he put them chronologically) he traced the development of chess ideas and gives a pretty good run down of each each opening as he goes...

Mettlesome
gibo 20 ( +1 | -1 )
this is doesn't mean another book can't be done maybe i could do one just on modern players. Does anyone here write any articles or something for magazines websites or newspapers?
caldazar 75 ( +1 | -1 )
"I still believe some chess players can be very good coaches, theoraticians and at annoting great games without being great players."

Coaches, sure. You don't have have to have the knowledge of a master to be a good teacher; you just have to know significantly more than your students.

Good at annotating great games? I would have to say no. Great players are great because they understand the positions that arise over the course of the game more accurately than lesser players. I've read annotations of games from multiple sources before; the annotations by the stronger players invariably contain more insight and depth than anotations by weaker players.
desertfox 35 ( +1 | -1 )
Book In my opinion you will need the help of an expert for the analysis of games. I could help you with the translation of passages from foreign languages. You will have to gather a lot of material. And what if no publisher would agree to publish your book? If an expert helps you, his name could help the promotion of your book.

Desertfox
gibo 21 ( +1 | -1 )
well yeah maybe i could do all the history, info on the players and someone else annotes some of their great games. Also are there any strong titled players at this site?
judokausa 63 ( +1 | -1 )
new approach if you did write a book about the champions. I would make it more biographical. Any games that are annotated should be by the player themselves (more appeal) as a non master player it would probably be better to focus on the life and times portion rather than their games. A better idea might be to look at the strongest players that DIDNT make it to world champ. Keres, Bronstein, Etc. geller, and other great players. OR focus on the US and look at the great players that were US champs. Benko, Soltis, etc Little is written about them and they were/are great players.
zdrak 36 ( +1 | -1 )
I think a non-master can do a good job annotating a high-level game, as long as the annotator is aware of his own limitations.

Do not plunge into the jungle of complicated variations, as you are very unlikely to get things right there. Limit yourself to explaining the basic strategic ideas. Such annotations, if written well, could appeal to other amature players.
clemens 7 ( +1 | -1 )
Also, you can always use analysis engines to check your variations.
tulkos 25 ( +1 | -1 )
I think it would be a great idea! Having a book with all of the greatest players and some of there best games would be great- and I think it would sell to. It's not necessary to have a titled player endorse the book, though it might make it more attractive.
gibo 51 ( +1 | -1 )
yeah because i dont think there is a book which covers the modern greats of our time e.g. polgar, kasparov, leko, ponomariov, and that 12 year old gm. I think ill have some different sections greats of are times, people aged between 20-40 or so. A section of great women players, and a section of up and comming juniors however i think it probably would be for the best for a highly rated gm to annote the games. Would it be best to be a well known writer, to write such a book?
judokausa 63 ( +1 | -1 )
don't kid yourself Unless a player is 2200 USCF or fide I would dismiss any annotations as serious or valid. Annofritz (or any other engine) the easy way out. Computers will never be able to tell anyone what the idea behind a move is or what the strategy is. This isn't meant to be offensive but just a reality check. One area that most book of games lack is the story of the individual. I would enjoy a good book about the US champions and their stories or as someone mentioned a book about the polgar sisters. It would be hard to do though since interviews with any gm might be difficult to actually get.
gibo 25 ( +1 | -1 )
true judokausa i always wonder how various writers and stuff get interviews and quotes of players but yes i definately think that there is room for a book on modern players females up and comming juniors and just the general greats of our time
kingbuster 38 ( +1 | -1 )
book about champions I already have a book in my posession that is exactly like the one you are intending to write. It's entitled "the kings of chess: a history of chess traced through the lives of its greatest players" by William Hartson, Pavillion Books, 1985.
I guess you can have a shot at writing a new one as this one finishes with Karpov. There's been two more champions since then.
judokausa 36 ( +1 | -1 )
Queen's of chess! that is a great working title. there are many great female players of the past and present that often go unexamined. Susan Polgar I am sure would be interested in such a book and has the clout and ability to pull it off but probably lacks the necessary writing skills, at least in the english language, for such a book. (her writing is rather dry imo)
gibo 40 ( +1 | -1 )
no kingbuster i dont think you udnerstand what im talking about. Im going to write a book on current greats. So i would go back as far probably as the era of karpov. As ive already said id do one on the current greats, curent top femals, current up and comming juniors, and current chess computers, fritz 8 and deep junior. I dont think there is a book that covers all that stuff is there?
gibo 5 ( +1 | -1 )
i think id call it "The greats of the 21st century"
kingbuster 53 ( +1 | -1 )
ok, no offense meant. In your initial post you did not specify a time span when you said you wanted to write a book about "each of the world champions... and also some info and games on some of the current greats"
The book I speak of is exactly that, for its day.
How am I to know you intended to start with Karpov when you say "each of the world champions?" So please don't blame me for not understanding something you did not (previously) bother to explain.
Anyway, I hope you write it, and I wish you every success with your literature.