Publisher: Siles Press
Author: Pal Benko & Jeremy Silman
Year of Publication: 2005
Notation Type: Algebraic (AN)
Book DescriptionGrandmaster Pal Benko is a chess legend: A challenger for the World Championship, an innovator of many modern opening systems, a problem composer par excellence, and a father figure to his close friend Bobby Fischer, Benko has played and defeated most of the top players of the last fifty years. This biography is a celebration of a great man's creative legacy. Its amazing collection of 138 deeply annotated games which have been carefully prepared to be entertaining, enlightening, and instructive is brought to life by Benko's memoirs of his early years in war-torn Hungary, a world of poverty, chaos, pain, and ultimately, personal triumph. His insights into famous grandmasters transform legends into real people with substance and personality, and his reminiscences of famous tournaments take us on a journey through chess history unlike anything that's been published before.
Interviews with note players offer insights into Benko's nature. A massive survey of Benko's openings (by John Watson) shows us the scope of Benko's theoretical contributions to the game. Photos abound, and 300 of Benko's chess compositions allow lovers of the game to become intimately acquainted with a strikingly beautiful aspect of chess that most have overlooked. This highly entertaining and instructive book gives competitors who wish to improve their playing strength a dynamic, fun way to deepen their knowledge and understanding.
About the Author: Pal Benko is a Grandmaster, A former World Championship Candidate, a winner of innumerable international competitions, the author of hundreds of articles and several chess books (including WINNING WITH CHESS PSYCHOLOGY and CHESS ENDGAME LESSONS). The most dominating open tournament player in American history, Benko's name is entwined in virtually every modern area of chess mythology and chess theory.
Jeremy Silman is an International Master and a world-class teacher, writer, and player who has won the American Open, the National Open, and the U.S. Open. Considered by many tobe the game's preeminent instructive writer, he is the author of over thirty-six highly popular books, including HOW TO REASSESS (universally accepted as a modern classic), THE AMATEUR'S MIND, THE COMPLETE BOOK OF CHESS STRATEGY, and THE REASSESS YOUR CHESS WORKBOOK. John Watson is an International Master whose groundbreaking four-volume study of the English Opening in the 1980s, followed by other opening treatises have firmly established his reputation as one of the world's great theoretical writers. His books SECRETS OF MODERN CHESS STRATEGY (winner of the 1999 British Chess Federation Book of the Year Award) and CHESS STRATEGY IN ACTION (2003) futher catapulted his status to that of chess philosopher, with many experts now considering him to be one of the most profound thinker's in the game's history.