Irving Chernev[ edit ]

Irving Chernev (1900-1981) was a prolific Russian-American chess author. He was born in Moscow, and emigrated to the United States in 1920. Chernev was obsessed with chess. He wrote that he "probably read more about chess and played over more games than any man in history." Chernevīs deep love for the game is obvious to any reader of his books. He wrote 20 chess books, among them Chessboard Magic!, The Bright Side of Chess, The Fireside Book of Chess (with Fred Reinfeld), The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played, 1000 Best Short Games of Chess, Practical Chess Endings, Combinations: The Heart of Chess, and Capablancaīs Best Chess Endings. In 1945, he and Kenneth Harkness wrote An Invitation to Chess, which became one of the most successful chess books ever written, with sales reaching six figures. Perhaps his most famous book is Logical Chess: Move by Move (1957). This takes 33 classic games from 1889 to 1945 played by masters such as Capablanca, Alekhine and Tarrasch and explains them in an instructive manner. An algebraic version was published by Batsford in 1998 with minor alterations to the original text. Chernev died in his beloved San Francisco in 1981.

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