Wednesday, June 25, 2008

A Collector's Item

I now am the proud owner of a rare collector's copy of Rudel's 'Zuke 'Em' book.

The first print has been withdrawn due to an excessive number of typos. A new edition is now under work and buyers of the first batch will have a new copy free of charge. More information can be found at Chessco's home page.

I have no idea whether this image will be the new cover or not. Actually I suspect the blue color is only symbolic - representing the author's and publisher's regret for having sent a poorly proof-read manuscript to the printers.

Addendum July 20th
Yesterday I received a new copy and as I suspected, the cover is unchanged. The new version has a new ISBN number and on page 255 I found my name on a list of people who helped finding typos in the first edition. There are still typos but the number now seems not to be disturbing.


Patrick said...

Zuke 'Em by David Rudel has now been revised and is available at, or directly from Rudel at

Anonymous said...

I think that 3...Bg4 and 3...Bf5 are two of the best defenses to the Colle after 1 d4 d5 2 Nf3 Nf6 3 e3. Can you tell me what this book recommends against those moves?


David Rudel said...

Anonymous, it just happens to be the case that International Master Jeremy Silman mentions my suggestions in both of those lines in his recently written review.

However, I would submit that after
1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3, 3...g6! and 3...c5! are even more formidable tries. 3...c5! is historically the most successful in my particular database, and, GM Summerscale has some words in the Foreword to Zuke 'Em concerning the difficulty in dealing with 3...g6

These two lines get treated with fresh ideas as well.