Chess Praxis has ratings and 2 reviews. All the Everyman Chess books are organized in a structured style and are also presented in a series of levels. As a chess player, Aron Nimzowitsch () belonged to the very best. In his peak years the Latvian-born maestro was ranked third in the world behind. I will also review one of its ebooks, a new translation of Chess Praxis. The app itself is free from the Apple iTunes store; what you pay for By Aron Nimzowitsch .

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Chess Praxis

That is, I generally prefer to hold a physical book and turn its pages, just as I do a magazine or newspaper. Chess publication is no exception, obviously. We already have numerous chess news services and magazines online, for example. The simplest is a PDF copy of an existing book.

Chess Praxis: The Praxis of My System – Aron Nimzowitsch – Google Books

Most of these PDFs are scanned from existing books by individuals. This might serve a useful role of historical preservation of out-of-print books, but raises ethical issues when copies of books in print are distributed on the internet. Authors are deprived of royalties thereby, and should this practice become the norm it will seriously damage the market for conventionally-produced chess books.

That is presumably one reason among several why chess publishers, looking ahead, are turning to electronic products which are potentially more secure. They can also have many more features, above all allowing the reader to click or tap through the moves in the book.

Of course, the major publishers and independent authors also put their books up on devices such as the Kindle and the Nook, as well as selling original publications on Amazon or on websites.

nimzowitsfh First, however, I want to present some background about established electronic publications. As indicated by my reviews, they have become a major part of the chess publishing landscape over the past decade. As an author, player, and teacher, the introduction of electronic chess products by companies such as ChessBase, Everyman, and Chess Informant has been a godsend for me.

For example, Everyman ebooks are very arron copies of their original physical books, nimzowirsch all moves and wording, aeon they are presented in ChessBase database format, ny means that they are readable by the established database programs for example, ChessBase and ChessBase Reader and PGN readers. This provides the praxks of being able to add or edit analysis, for example, and merge games and variations from other sources into their files.

Everyman ebooks were formerly DVDs there are still many chess products out there sold only on DVD, of coursebut getting them directly from their website saves time and mailing expense. These new epub files, which are PGN versions, are downloadable and also readable by various readers, but must be purchased separately from the ChessBase format versions.


ChessBase, besides providing the most popular and sophisticated database and reader programs, is a voluminous publisher of original electronic publications and in particular video content.

Some ChessBase productions have content similar to books. Early on, they put out a number of CDs with opening analysis, texts, and databases; these were analogous to physical books.

Usually the trainer DVD comes with a database of games containing the analysis from the video. Review columns and covered typical DVDs also available by download. The ChessBase shop lists such products, mostly video trainers, which is an incredible mass of material.

In addition, the th edition of ChessBase magazine was just published; for details on this long-running series, refer to several of my reviews over the years. Naturally there are many other DVD and online products out there. Furthermore, with the widespread use of tablets and smartphones have come a slew of chess apps designed for them.

Most apps nimzositsch the iPad and iPhone seem to be either for beginners or some kind of tutorial; there are also numerous playing apps. However, ebook reader apps are rare, nimzowistch usually very primitive. I will also review one of its ebooks, a new translation of Chess Praxis. The app itself is free from the Apple iTunes store; what you pay for are the books you choose to chexs.

These books, once purchased, will be updated automatically as changes and revisions are made; this is a feature heretofore unavailable to chess fans. The biggest difference between their books and a conventional book is that you can play through the moves on an interactive board.

Much as in a typical electronic reader app, you swipe the screen to turn pages and can jump back and forth from chapters. There are also Contents, Indices, lists of games, etc.

You can choose to look at any position in the game or plow through variations and subvariations. Eplus offers oraxis variety of features such as external links, and scalable photos.

You can copy text for pasting in another applicationadd sticky notes, highlight text, and in some cess look up the definitions of words. Text and board are resizable. These and other features are outlined in the User Guide. In most books there are a liberal number of diagrams usually more than in the original hardcopy work.

What are the limitations of this program and format? The only thing I really miss, however, is an embedded analytical chess engine with which to assess positions and suggest the best moves. As yet, there are only a moderate number of titles: I count 26 books, and in addition, there are articles from the New in Chess series Secrets of Opening Surprises, which I have reviewed in this column.


It deals with a huge number of irregular openings, and some conventional but secondary ones which qualify because our students so often request solutions for them. This opens me up to charges of bias as a reviewer. However, I would plead that the reason we chose ePlus is that it was easily the best app out there.

Another advantage of gy in this format is that books can have an almost unlimited length, and can be continually added to and revised as time goes by. Any author will appreciate that opportunity. Several books translated by Sherwood have been featured in these columns. For example, AvroKarlsbadand Pasadena As one would expect, it is quite different from the high-brow, crystalline classicism found in the canonical writings of Tarrasch. It is dense, sometimes craggy, and is imbued with a pugilism suggestive of the wrestler rather than the abstract theorist.

It is wonderful stuff to read and qron challenge at times to translate as snugly as one would like. These skills are obviously essential for a translator, but missing in some previous Nimzowitsch translations. Chess Praxis itself is a classic that should be read for both enjoyment and instruction.

I think that someone who has read My System thoroughly will be surprised to see that the games in Chess Praxis often bear little relationship with the themes and ideas expressed in nomzowitsch former book. Several of the examples in the chapter on overprotection, for instance, seem to be a bit of a stretch, but they are instructive in and of themselves.

About contemporary reaction to the concept of flexible opening play, Nimzowitsch has this typically sardonic passage: Browsing through the book, I was struck that Nimzowitsch includes a remarkable number of endgames and late middlegames. Playing through these, I wonder if his greatest strength may have been his skill and tenacity in handling such positions. Ironically for a book by such a revolutionary, students may get the most benefit by experiencing the technique and imagination required to convert apparently simplified positions into wins.

For those who already have an nimzowistch, iPhone, or iPod Touch, check out the app and play with the free book it offers to see what you think.