|Giving Something Back|
David's new book is an autobiographical games collection marked by two distinct features: honest writing and highly combative chess games.
'What I have attempted to do is select games that will highlight what it is like to be an ordinary club player and give fellow club players some food for thought about how they might win that odd extra half or full point.'
It is immediately apparent when reading the introduction that the author's approach is justified.
Within these 22 pages David tells the story of his introduction to chess during the weekend of the 1966 World Cup final and his subsequent drifting in and out of the 64-squared world until finally taking up competitive chess at the age of 20.
The over-the board battles - augmented by the occasional offering from the world of correspondence chess - define the hurly-burly world of club chess.
The 64 illustrative games (with a plethora of further examples in the detailed notes) certainly do fit the bill. Sharp openings represent the order of the day and fans of the Vienna Game, French Winnower, Open Sicilians and the King's Indian Defence will definitely find plenty of interest here.
|With David at the 2017 Manchester Gigafinal|
The illustrative games show the ebb and flow of club and tournament chess, where smooth victories are rarely to be found as there will always be errors, either large or small, to turn around the fortunes of the players. Most of the games clearly demonstrate the sheer fight and frustration we all encounter and experience virtually every time we sit down at the board.
That all leaves plenty of scope for wonderful tactical knockouts, such as the following.
|Hardy vs. Coe|
Manchester League 1994
It is White to play. Can you see how David forced a fine checkmate?
There is a definite gap in the market for books really aimed at club players and we could do with a lot more like this, which provides genuine instruction and inspiration to players of the sub-master level.
Anyone interested in finding out more about this entertaining book (club and tournament players, parents, lawyers of David's opponents...) should connect with David via the Ashton Community Chess Club page on Facebook.