Saturday, June 12, 2010

A forgotten masterpiece

The following game appears in the chapter "Perfect Games" in Fred Reinfeld and Irving Chernev's classic The Fireside Book of Chess. Reinfeld and Chernev observe, "In the opinion of the writers, Parr's masterpiece has well-founded claims to being considered the finest attacking game of all time." A lot of great games have been played in the five decades since their book was published, but the game remains an incandescent brilliancy. The winner, Frank Parr (1918-2003), won the famous Hastings Premier tournament in 1938-39, the one occasion on which he played in it.

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