I was browsing the internet at work the other day and came across
an article called "How to read a chess book". The author
advised taking notes after each chapter, playing through every annotation and
ensuring you understand each point that is been made. I don't disagree
with this approach and it may even be the best way to absorb knowledge.
Its just a little on the dull
side for my taste.
I work, have a family and a
healthy running obsession, so time to 'study' is limited. I do, however
really enjoy playing through really well anotated games. Not too many
variations, just enough explanation so that I can understand the game. I
have just finished reading "The most exciting games of 2016" by
Balogh, Maze & Naiditsch, published by Chess evolution.
In that book my favourite game
was between Topalov and Carlsen. Carlsen plays a beautiful strategic
master piece and wins a nice game. Balogh does a good job explaining the
Below you can play through the
game with my notes, I can't claim I understood all the points on my own and I
have quoted the GM where he did most of the work, but I didn't want to just
copy out what he had written, so I have tried to incorporate my own
understanding. Click the link below, for the chessbase viewer, or play through the Gameknott app.
Here is a recent game that I played at Wakefield. I lost a piece very early, which my opponent kindly returned a few moves later. There then followed some 'normal' chess before my opponent found a nice idea swapping knight, bishop and rook for 3 pawns and my queen. Leaving an interesting unbalanced postilion.