Monday, September 07, 2009
I think I will buy "My System" after all
"How undemocratic for instance, it would be to let one of your officers go for a long walking tour, while the others kicked their heels together at home and bored themselves horribly. No, let each officer make one move only, and... dig himself in."
Aron Nimzowitsch

I've previously resisted on buying this book. After all, I have tons of books already on the middlegame. Including what I think is the best of them all - "Simple Chess" by Michael Stean. I mean, what can someone who have long ago turned into dust teach me that more modern authors could not?

But lately, I felt as if I needed something new. To understand positional chess so to speak.

There have been times when I needed to formulate a plan. All is well if the game proceeds along some lines I know well.. e.g. The opponent king is stuck in the center - so open lines now!, etc..

But there are some quiet positions. Positions where I need to improve slowly and I, I just dont know what to do. (But didnt I just said I would'nt study until I master my thinking process? Err.. I might have been too hasty on that account.)

Fortunately, I recently I got a PDF copy of 'My system' and I couldn't stop laughing. Its a very funny book.
The price is worth it just for the style of writing alone. If the man is to be believed, why, he practically invented chess :)

The only real thing I don't like is that people "re-translates" it because it is "too hard" to understand.

It is a very bad thing to do I think. How would you like it if someone put words into your mouth because they couldn't understand what your talking about?

I'm aware the printers of the book try to reach a mass audience, but poor Mr. Nimzo must be rolling on his grave right now.

I mean, would you try to dumb down Shakespeare? Or if you for example, saw a work of art like Picasso's "Jacqueline a Mantille Sur Fond Rouge" would you perhaps add a little bit of color here, a red dash in there, a tiny pink blot somewhere so people can "understand" it better?


Anyway I'm off to search for the edition as close to the original as possible.

posted by Nezha at 8:15 PM | Permalink |


  • At 6:24 PM, Blogger Chess?

    your right. this book is a must for every chess players book shelf.

  • At 8:35 PM, Blogger Polly

    It is an excellent book. It's one of those books that needs to be read over again. I think it's getting to be that time again for me. I had an old edition in English Descriptive Ntotation that I bough back around 1975. I'm not sure what happened to that one.

    I bought a new one in Algebraic. I'm afraid it's a dumbed down version since the editor even said he changed the language.

  • At 2:38 PM, Anonymous PetrS

    I can recommend you the book! It is an excellent piece and many chess players can learn a lot of things from this book. Good choice to buy it.

  • At 2:27 AM, Blogger chesstiger

    Although i thought many times of buying this book i always rejected the idea since my other chess books and internet course are gathering dust and i dont want Nimzo to become a dust bunny aswell.