Much can be learned from these sparkling miniatures. John Nunn examines both how the loser might have avoided disaster, and explains how the winner. Author: John Nunn Title: Brilliant Chess Miniatures Released: Format: pdf Size: 9 Mb Download book. A collection of games of 25 moves or fewer by a grandmaster. The accent is on instruction, discussing both how the loser could have avoided disaster and how.

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John Nunn has been one of the world’s leading grandmasters for nearly twenty years and regularly competes in both grandmaster tournaments and domestic events. He has won four gold medals in chess Olymiads and finished sixth overall in the World Cup in His first book for Gambit, “Secrets of Practical Chess,” was an instant bestseller.

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One of the world’s finest writers on chess presents his selection of brilliant modern games of 25 moves or fewer. Much can be learned from these sparkling miniatures.

John 1101 examines both how the loser might have avoided disaster, and explains how the winner managed to punch home his advantage so effectively.

An innovative format, with three diagrams per page, enables the book to be read without a chess set, making it ideal for readers looking for an entertaining book to dip into. Read more Read less. Customers who bought this item also bought. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. My Best Games of Chess: Soviet Middlegame Technique Chess Classics. About the Author Dr. To get the free app, enter mobile phone number.

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Took 8 weeks to arrive, but worth the wait. Great buy in good condition.

As mentioned in other reviews the formatting could have been better by arranging 2 page games on facing pages instead of having to turn a page to finish a game. I have always had a soft spot for this topic I have built entire web pages – and even web sites – dedicated to great, short games of chess. So Brioliant was very happy to see that a player of Nunn’s stature do a book on this fun and instructive topic. I don’t know miniarures motivated Nunn to write this book, but I am very thankful he did.


He took his database, and decided properly that a miniature was any game that lasted miniatuers 25 moves. In order to get this down to a more manageable number, he decided to further limit the games to those where both players were rated at least Elo or better. This got the number down to around 1, games. Nunn then played through all of these and whittled the number brilkiant to about games.

The publisher had already given the mandate of only games for the final version of the book for publication. I would have liked to see more detailed analysis, maybe some opening stuff and more commentary Although we wonder why some games deserve five pages of analysis, and others only get one!


But in the end, we are presented with great games of chess. Some of these are true masterpieces, I doubt very much that the average player has seen more than a handful of these games prior to studying this volume. Is this book any good? Miniatjres is a primarily about tactics. And the emphasis here is definitely on the “hand-to-hand” aspect of chess. Chess is also about surviving the opening and eliminating mistakes, and a careful study of this book will also help you achieve this goal as well.

And to be really successful, your chess study should also be fun, and I think this book meets this criterion as well. There are a few shortcomings to this book.

A couple of the examples are turkeys, and probably should not have been included A couple of the games are more curiosities and opening traps than they are real games of chess. But much of this is really a matter of taste too. A real oversight is the lack of any index.

How chwss times did Kramnik make this collection? Three times, that I can see. How many times was the Najdorf Sicilian played? Four times out of the first ten. How many times did Tal score a touchdown?

Brilliant Chess Miniatures by John Nunn

It would have also been nice to see a list of groupings like: It would have been nice to know what the sources were for some of the annotations. Mostly they came from the Informants, I imagine. But in the end, this is a great little book.

Its fun and it is filled with really scintillating tactics. If dhess don’t enjoy this book – you should consider giving up chess! John Nunn at his best is better than most chess writers at their best. I agree with most of the brilliatn for this book and other Nunn books. And yes Gambit is a premier publisher of chess books, no doubt.

Yet this particular book has several aggravating avoidable flaws in the way it was physically produced. Their only distinguishing feature brklliant that the live moves are bolded.

However, in implementation this turned out to be a rather subtle cue for the human eye. Next time Gambit should find a font that provides a more stark contrast between bold and not-bold. The little piece images have no differences between their bold and not-bold versions, whereas capital letters do. The choice of Figurine notation worsens the problem described in 1a. Maybe a solution could be to use White icons for variations and analyses, miniaturess Black icons for live moves, to achieve more contrast?


The games imniatures in no particular sequence. If all the 2 page games had been printed toward the front of the book, then all games could have been viewed in their entirety without needing to flip between pages.

Early on the book intermixes 1 and 2 page games. The unpleasant and unsurprising result is that around game 12 we encounter a game that can be viewed only by flipping back and forth between pages, a hassle. Of course from their the problem intermittantly runs on for several games. This goal would have been better achieved if the diagram captions had described the moves with a better notation format. A caption like “After It often matters a whole lot from which square the moved piece originated.

And it matters a whole lot the type of piece that was taken. The book would have been better for its customers if Gambit had captioned more informatively with “After I often have to scan backward through the paragraphs searching for the previous moves to discover the missing info, far too tedious. Gambit claims the reader does not need a board and pieces.

Mjniatures claim would be more valid if better notation had been used in the captions and there is plenty of extra unused room in their captions. Otherwise the book delivers well on what it claims to provide. Superb is not enough! Nunn has a habit of producing excellent chess books.

Add Brilliant Chess Miniatures to Nunn’s list of well annotated, edited, researched, and written books. These decisive games were culled from over 65, games of twenty five moves or less between chess players of at least Elo. All of the games are post with many from the late s. Entertainment and instruction are seamlessly woven together in Brilliant Chess Miniatures. Play through the classic, Tal-Uhlmann, Moscow Enjoy the virtuoso performance in Topalov-Ivanchuk, Linares The annotations brilluant comments to all the games are top notch.

Buy this book now! If you are a tournament player, you’ll win more games. If you just love chess, you’ll fall in love all over again! The games here are interesting to look at.

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