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    TRANSLATOR'S PREFACE
    
    
    As the first edition of Edward Laskcr's CHESS STRATEGY was
    exhausted within a comparatively short time of its appearance,
    the author set himself the task of altering and improving the
    work to such an extent that it became to all intents and purposes
    a new book. I had the privilege of co-operating with him to a
    slight degree on that second edition, and was in consequence able
    to appreciate the tremendous amount of work he voluntarily took
    upon himself to do; I say voluntarily, because his publishers,
    anxious to supply the strong demand for the book, wished to
    reprint it as it stood.
    
    A little later I undertook to translate this second edition into
    English for Messrs. Bell & Sons. Only a few months had elapsed,
    the tournaments at Petrograd, Chester, and Mannheim had taken
    place, several new discoveries had been made, and it is the
    greatest testimony to Edward Lasker's indefatigable devotion to
    the Art of Chess that I am able to say that this is not a
    translation of the second edition, but of what is practically a
    new book. It contains a new preface, a chapter for beginners, a
    new introduction, new variations.  Furthermore, a large number of
    new games have taken the place of old ones.
    
    I have no doubt that any chess player who will take the trouble
    to study CHESS STRATEGY will spend many a pleasurable hour.
    Incidentally new vistas will be opened to him, and his playing
    strength increased to a surprising degree.
    
    The author says in his preface that he appeals to the
    intelligence and not the memory of his readers. In my opinion,
    too, the student should above all try to improve his judgment of
    position.
    
    Than the playing over of games contested by experts I can hardly
    imagine a greater or purer form of enjoyment.  Yet I must at the
    outset sound a note of warning against its being done
    superficially, and with a feverish expectation of something
    happening. Every move or combination of moves should be carefully
    weighed, and the student should draw his own conclusions and
    compare them with what actually happens in the game under
    examination.
    
    This applies particularly to some of the critical positions set
    out in diagrams in the course of the exposition of the several
    games.
    
    The reader would derive the greatest possible benefit from a
    prolonged study of such positions before seeking to know how the
    games proceed. After having formed his own opinion about the
    merits of a particular position, he should compare the result
    with the sequel in the game in question, and thus find out where
    his judgment has been at fault.
    
    The deeper study of the theory of the openings is of course a
    necessity to the student who wishes to become an expert, but the
    development of his judgment must precede it. To him Griffith &
    White's admirable book, Modem Chess Openings, will be a perfect
    mine of information. There are thousands of variations, and in
    most of them the actual game in which they were first tried by
    masters is named, thus adding to the interest and value of the
    work.
    
    I must not omit to mention the invaluable help afforded me by my
    friend Mr. John Hart, to whom my warmest thanks are due.
    JULIUS DU MONT.
    
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