His Approach to Chess
Dont let the title fool you; Bobby Fischer: His Approach to Chess is not another book about Fischer. Instead, its a fascinating look at the middlegame (well… a bit of endgame too) from the point of view of Fischers style.
When it first came out, one noted IM told me that a player of Agurs strength couldnt possibly do a good job on such a difficult subject. However, this bit of chess elitism has to be relegated to the garbage can; Agur has written a modern classic!
Deep, penetrating and well thought out, I have recommended this book since I first held it in my grubby hands. Mr. Agur looks at subjects like pawn structure, piece placement, material, timing, strategy, clarity, alertness, playing to win, tactics and much more in ways that havent been addressed in earlier books. Dissecting all of these subjects by using a backdrop of Fischers games was a stroke of genius. Actually finishing this project and making it such an interesting and instructive read is even more impressive.
Though I cant agree with all his analysis or all of his opinions (and he is free with both), I have to admit that he tried hard to understand each and every game (whether he completely succeeded isnt important) and he tried equally hard to pass his conclusions on to the reader. So much original thought and original analysis are very rare in chess books. Agur deserves a lot of credit and I, for one, take my hat off to him.