Exploration in Chess Beauty
by Andras Toth
The world of chess composition is not one that the club (or Internet) player tends to explore much - he or she is far too busy learning the latest opening tricks to use in the next competition. IM Andras Toth, however, believes that the beauty of chess composition is well worth exploring. In this book, he introduces several types of chess composition - combination, helpmate, retroanalysis, starting position puzzles, endgame studies - all with the distinct flavour of his native Hungary. Some of the solutions will make you laugh, or shake your head in amazement at what the pieces can do. Is it art, or science, or logic, or sheer craziness? Whatever it is, it is chess! And once you start seeing these amazing ideas in compositions, then inevitably some will creep into your games. The author presents some stunning examples, where over-the-board chess has become as weird, or as crazy, or just as beautiful as the best of the composed studies.
Andras Toth is an IM from Hungary, twice Hungarian junior champion, U16 World Team Youth medalist. This is his first book.
About the book
We're going to come up with an 'equivalent book length' calculator, so that we can give you some idea how many pages the book would have, in standard paperback form. But we haven't done that yet! Suffice it to say that this is a full-length book with 8 chapters on various topics - The Mighty Pawn, The Tricky Knight, Fortress, Imperfect Combinations, Beauty of Combinations, Secrets of the Starting Position, Hungarian Beauty, and Our Own Masterpieces. The nature of the material is such that it can easily be presented in the form of puzzles for solution. For almost every example, the continuation has been hidden, so you can try to solve the fascinating studies for yourself (tap on Solution or Reveal to find if you are right). As with all e+Books, you can move the pieces around on the live board (legal moves in legal sequences only) to see how your ideas look - a particularly useful feature when you are dealing with devious and complicated studies!