Book Reviews

Chess Structures

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, June 10, 2018

Chess Structures - A Grandmaster Guide

Mauricio Flores Ríos

Quality Chess

464 Pages

Modern Correspondence Chess has is a game where Strategic thinking and planning take the fore as engines handle tactics rather well!  This book aid the aspiring CC player well in reviewing all the major pawn structures seen in the modern game.

After a short introduction, the book leaps into identifying and reviewing 29 distinct structures. For each one the White and Black plans and piece placement as discussed. This then leads to a number of heavily annotated model games to help the student grasp the strategy in the structure.

The book is rounded off with a number of graded exercises.

The structure of the book is such that the reader can dip into the chapters they want or need rather than having to read the entire book

Overall Score 93% - Well worth adding to your collection!





Book Review

Russell Sherwood  Monday, May 28, 2018

World Champion at the Third Attempt

Grigory Sanakoev



256 Pages


Following on from the review of Mike Read’s 120 Games, we have a much older book but one covering the games of a former ICCF World Champion.

The book covers Sankoev’s CC career from the very start until winning the World Championship (at the third attempt).

Although the book comes from the pre-engine era is a rich source of valuable ideas for the aspiring CC player as Sanakoev presents a number of CC “rules” which he refines after each cycle of play.

A few minor negatives – as a translation the language can be a little obtuse and as the content covers the 1960 – 1980’s a few of the ideas are past their sell by date but as a positive, even in those cases, there is still a great idea which can be modified for modern play.

Want a glimpse into the processes of an ICCF World Champion, then this is the book for you. Better still, it currently is selling for only £5 in a number of outlets!



Value for Money: 10

Readability: 7

Originality: 9

Content: 38


Durability: 7

Would I buy this (again) 10


Total 91%

My 120 Selected Correspondence Games by SIM Mike Read

Russell Sherwood  Friday, May 18, 2018

My 120 Selected Correspondence Games
By SIM Mike Read

534 pages

This is a rarity: A book specifically on Correspondence Chess, even rarer, a games collection. This book is an insight into the playing mind of a very strong CC player from the pre-computer era, so if you like your lines triple checked for accuracy look elsewhere!

At over 500 pages long for £10 this book is great value for money. Negative points, none whatsoever! The cover is already dog tagged on my copy but that is from reading!

One very interesting game is from current welsh CC player David Guy, played in 1990!

Overall, worth a place in every Correspondence Chess Library! 

Using a shiny new scoring system this book weighs in at a highly impressive 90%!

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