Sergey Bystrov, International Master
|It is devoted to editing the chess textbook|
by Alexander Shashin in the "Mongoose Press".
Dear friends, today we are glad to inform you that a contract between the American
Chess Book Publishing House and Alexander Shashin is signed. A.Shashin is an author of the "physique-like" model of chess. A chess textbook of the well-know chess trainer A.A.Shashin "I search for the Strongest Move" will be issued in English closer by the end of a current year. The volume of scientific work impresses about 500 pages.
Part 1: Universal method of search of the strongest chess move.
Part 2: Universal method of search of the strongest chess move in practice.
Part 3: Contours of the uniform theory of chess game.
The author applies for solving the most important problem for chessplayer: finding the strongest move in any position, using algorithms of Tal, Capablanca, Petrosian, or their combinations. Dear reader will learns everything in more detail in a fragment from the textbook, and to the full, having read and having studied all the work completely. A.Shashin makes no secret that his textbook is an integral system in the theory and in practice, just as Nimtsovich'es, only at a new qualitative level.
Alexander Alexandrovich Shashin, master of sports of the USSR, works as a trainer in the Palace of Pioneer's named after Zhdanov, nowadays Anichkov Palace, in St. Petersburg since 1979 instead of the retired glorified masters of sports of USSR, veteran of Second World War A.V.Cherepkov. He has graduated from a physical and chemical faculty of the Leningrad Institute of technology of Lensovet on a specialty "Radiating chemistry". Further on, distributed here, he has worked for 3.5 years a teacher of physics on the chair, has had time to become a younger research assistant, has studied as a postgraduate for 1.5 years and has thrown it.
It's all before coming to trainer's work. Here is what A.Shashin tells us about his childhood: "I was acquainted with chess by my father when I was eight years old. I remember that it has not impressed me then greatly. It became one of many children's entertainments. That is, I played chess along with Russian draughts, cards, etc. In summer, football, and bicycle; in winter, skis. And there were still studies in a music school: (smiling) under the lash, my father was a professional musician. But, alas! Nature has decided to have rest with me. However, at ten years, that is, in 1954, when a match between Botvinnik and Smyslov took place, there was an abrupt crisis. One of the games of the match came before my eyes, not the most remarkable obviously. The commentator (I do not remember who and in what newspaper) razed a game of the participants to the ground. And then I decided to be champion of the world! I remember perfectly that for some reason I have decided, I am playing now already not worse than and yielding only slightly to Botvinnik. I do not remember exactly, I had the fourth or the fifth category. Remarkable, I felt a serious ambition, there was a character, there were successes in the youth competitions. I was a triple champion of Leningrad among youths, became a champion of the USSR in 1962, a year the second prize - winner in August 1961, heading a Leningrad team on the All-Union Games of schoolboys, I became a champion of the Games. It was a very large competition and a big test for me".
In an accessible form in his textbook Alexander Alexandrovich has given the basic ideas and also the algorithm of search of the move. There is no sense in a small article to copy everything and what has been told by master Shashin in the interview. The full version is on our site.
A game of A.Shashin - V.Korchnoy, Leningrad, 1973.
A "lion's share" of the interview with A.A.Shashin has been published in the all-Russian newspaper "Chess Week" in 2005. After the termination of the work over the manuscript I have met the author, and he once again stated an essence of the method of search of the move and has told me about changes which his methods have undergone with due regards for experience of trainer's work with children. It would be desirable to underline that a book does not abound with examples which wander from the textbook into a book of problem and just the way about. They are picked up creatively according to bases of the games of chess, analyses are checked up by means of the best computer programs. Two among the strongest chessplayers of the world, and these are Grandmasters V.Korchnoy and A.Morozevich, have cooperated with A.A.Shashin. With V.Korchnoy in the far back in 1976 a creative union preceded a couple of reeks spent together in the rest house under Zelenogorsk. Viktor Lvovich'es successful performance in Amsterdam was its result after which he is known remained in the West. And the union with A.Morozevich began in 2002, has passed the test of time, and test till now. It should be noted that A.Morozevich has written a preface to the textbook. Here are small extracts from it:
"Our first internal acquaintance with A.A.Shashin took place in the spring of 2003, at a very uneasy moment in my career. Behind was a year of 2002, one of the most unsuccessful in all my 15-year-old of professional activity: destiny willed just then to acquaint me with surprising person, coach, physicist by training, and probably calling, Shashin San Sanych as I call him a bit frivolously since them. It is difficult to overestimate his support at that moment. Our many-hour kitchen conversations have returned me to life as a chessplayer and as a person. Thanks to his patience and unusual innate intelligence San Sanych has managed not only to wake up anew my chess appetite but to show all such facets of life which I ignored obstinately because of my age and features of the character: Just at the period San Sanych has essentially enriched and expanded his notions in choosing a move I have often used his suggested idea. That fact that a period from July 2003 till July 2004 have proved to be the most successful in all my chess career - in many respects a merit of our "table" conversations. I have triumphantly returned to the first five, winning everywhere practically where I played ..."
The edition of the textbook is being planed in Russian in the foreseeable future as well... The most impatient readers can already study A.Shashin's textbook in English very soon. The preliminary name of the book in English sounds so: Alexander Shashin "Best Play: Revolutionary Method for Finding the Strongest Move". Today we offer you a small fragment from the first part of the book, introducing the reader into the course of the methods being considered with an example of the game Petrosian - Bertok, Bled 1961.