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  • #16
    Sorry about the delay. For those interested in Jonathan MacDonald's book 'My Adventures In The Chess World: Jonathan Style', Jonathan can be reached at ruylopez64@gmail.com.


    • #17
      Upcoming Chess Books

      December 14, 2018

      A Carlsen-Caruana pre-Match book has come out and Match books are on their way.

      Here is one which treats Carlsen-Karjakin like Spassky-Fischer:

      The Grandmaster: Magnus Carlsen and the Match That Made Chess Great Again- Brin-Jonathan Butler

      Publisher’s Blurb

      A firsthand account of the dramatic 2016 World Chess Championship between Norway's Magnus Carlsen and Russia's Sergey Karjakin, which mirrored the world's geopolitical unrest and rekindled a global fascination with the sport.

      The first week of November 2016, as a crowd of people swarmed outside of Manhattan’s Trump Tower to rail against the election of Donald Trump, hundreds more descended on the city’s South Street Seaport. But they weren’t there to protest. They were there to watch the World Chess Championship between Norway's Magnus Carlsen and Russia's Sergey Karjakin—what by the time it was over would be front-page news and thought by many the greatest finish in chess history.

      The story lines were riveting. The championship hadn’t been hosted in New York City, the de facto world capital of the sport, in more than two decades. With both Carlsen and Karjakin just 25 years old, the tournament organizers were billing it as a battle of the millennials—the first time the championship had been waged among the generation that grew up playing chess primarily against computers. And perhaps most intriguing were all the geopolitical connections to the match. Originally from Crimea, Karjakin had recently repatriated to Russia under the direct assistance of Putin. Carlsen, meanwhile, had expressed admiration for Donald Trump, and his first move of the tournament he played with a smirk what's called a Trompowsky Attack. Then there was the Russian leader of the World Chess Federation being barred from attending due to US sanctions, and chess fanatic and Trump adviser Peter Thiel being called on to make the honorary first move in sudden death.

      That the tournament required sudden death was a shock. Oddsmakers had given Carlsen, the defending champion, an 80% chance of winning. It would take everything he had to retain his title. In doing so, he would firmly make his case to be considered the greatest player chess has ever seen.

      Author Brin-Jonathan Butler was granted unique access to the two-and-half-week tournament and watched every move. In The Grandmaster, he aims to do for Magnus Carlsen what Norman Mailer did for Muhammed Ali in The Fight, John McPhee did for Arthur Ashe in Levels of the Game, and David Foster Wallace did for Roger Federer in his famous New York Times Magazine profile. Butler captures one of the world’s greatest sportsmen at the height of their powers, and attempts to decipher the secret to that greatness.

      About the Author

      Brin-Jonathan Butler has written for Esquire, Bloomberg, ESPN Magazine, Al Jazeera, Harper’s, The Paris Review, Salon, and Vice. His first book, The Domino Diaries, was shortlisted for the PEN/ESPN Award for literary sports writing and a Boston Globe Best Book of 2015. His work has also been a notable selection in both Best American Sports and Best American Travel Writing multiple times.

      Simon & Schuster
      224 pages
      ISBN 9781982107185
      November 2018


      • #18
        Upcoming Chess Books

        January 9, 2019

        Two recommendations from Anish Giri. The Longest Game has already been listed in this thread:

        From a recent email from New In Chess:

        It's not every day that Anish Giri, #5 in the world rankings, walks into your shop and starts browsing the newly arrived chess books. But Giri is our contributing editor to New In Chessmagazine - and he was in Alkmaar, where New In Chessis located, for a side event connected with the Tata Steel Chess Tournament.

        It is very interesting what Giri decided to take home. Most books, it turned out, had already been ordered (and read) by his second Erwin l'Ami. Two new books made the cut. Giri collected his complimentary copy of The Longest Game by Jan Timman.

        And he surprised us by picking up Oleg Pervakov's Industrial Strength Endgame Studies. 'I like solving puzzles', said Giri. He does like Pervakov, a famous Russian chess composer, as well.

        This book contains 100 of Pervakov's best studies. The selection is quite varied – from elegant short studies with six moves to romantic grotesques with many pieces on board and over 30 moves to the solution. Yet what all of these studies have in common is spectacular play by both sides.

        Bibliographic details

        Oleg Pervakov's Industrial Strength Endgame Studies

        Sergei Tkachenko

        Edition : Paperback
        Publication date : December 18, 2018
        Number of pages : 248
        Publisher : Elk and Ruby
        Weight :500 gram
        ISBN : 9785604071045

        Oleg Pervakov (born in 1960 in the city of Kirov) is widely recognized as Russia’s greatest living chess composer. He has composed nearly 500 studies and he has won the individual chess composition world championship three times: in 2004-2006, 2007-2009 and 2013-2015.

        In this book, Sergei Tkachenko has selected 100 of Oleg Pervakov’s best studies. The selection is quite varied – from elegant short studies with six moves to romantic grotesques with many pieces on board and over 30 moves to the solution. Yet what all of these studies have in common is spectacular play by both sides. And watch out: they are tough! That said, Oleg’s compositions are never boring.

        You may buy this collection of studies to test your endgame tactical abilities, to improve your endgame understanding, or simply to appreciate chess in all its beauty.

        Sergei Tkachenko (born in 1963, near Odessa, Ukraine) is a member of the Ukrainian team that won the 5th World Chess Composition Tournament in 1997 and which came second in 2000, 2004, 2013, and 2017. He has won the studies section of the Ukrainian Chess Composition Championship six times and has won prizes, many of them for first place, in over 100 international chess composition tournaments. Sergei coaches the Ukrainian chess composition team. He is also the press secretary of the Chess Composition Committee of the Ukrainian Chess Federation. Sergei is an award-winning author who has written 18 chess books (in Russian), including compositions and on historical themes. He is deputy chief editor of a Ukrainian chess composition magazine called Problemist of Ukraine and has a regular studies column on the ChessPro website. Sergei is a member of the Ukrainian Union of Journalists. He is a historian and archivist, as well as being a mechanical engineering graduate


        • #19
          Upcoming Chess Books

          January 9, 2019

          Chess Multibiographies

          There are not many chess books which contain extensive biographies and selected works of more than one player.

          I don’t mean a thumbnail sketch with a couple of illustrative games of each but a goodly quantity of material.

          These are possible candidates:

          Urcan Chess Father of a Nation: A. Albin & G. Marco 2004
          Hirschel Das Schach der Herrn Giachino Greco und Philipp Stamma 1784
          Harding Eminent Victorian Chess Players 2012
          Kofman Izbrannye Etudi S. Kaminera & M. Liburkina 1981
          Collins My Seven Prodigies 1974
          Forbes The Polgar Sisters Training or Genius? 1992

          I have not reviewed the above recently and so cannot say definitely that each is a multibiography.

          I first heard the term “multibiography” in connection with the history of the Jesuits in 1995.I believe that tells history through the lives of certain individuals.

          In any case, there are two recent books which may qualify:

          Neumann, Hirschfeld and Suhle
          19thCentury Berlin Chess Biographies with 711 Games

          Hans Renette and Fabrizio Zavatarelli

          Format: library binding (8.5 x 11)
          Pages: 384
          Bibliographic Info: 66 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, indexes
          Copyright Date: 2018
          pISBN: 978-1-4766-7379-0
          eISBN: 978-1-4766-3385-5
          Imprint: McFarland

          The Authors-

          Historian Hans Renette is FIDE master in chess (with 2 IM norms). He lives in Bierbeek, Belgium.
          Fabrizio Zavatarelli is a teacher of applied mathematics and the author of several articles concerning chess history. He lives in Milan, Italy.

          Reviews -
          • “Renette and Zavatarelli have not only created wonderful written biographies on the players, but above all created an excellent coverage of a unique insight into Berlin chess life from 1830 until 1890. One of the most interesting written chessbooks of this time”— Chessbook Reviews
          • “Magnificent clothbound gem…Renette and Zavatarelli have done a remarkable amount of digging with all sorts of artifact reproductions. Chock full of gambits, it’s also a handbook of attacking chess amidst all the history. Lots of fun.”— ArcaMax Publishing
          • “The book does a nice job of combining the chess culture of the area and time with players who best represented that era. The games, are lively and engaging—full of fun…an interesting and enjoyable read”— Mind’s Eye Press.

          Tal, Petrosian, Spassky and Korchnoi
          A Chess Multibiography with 207 Games

          Andrew Soltis

          Format: library binding (7 x 10)
          Pages: 277
          Bibliographic Info: photos, 207 games, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
          Copyright Date: 2018
          pISBN: 978-1-4766-7146-8
          eISBN: 978-1-4766-3478-4
          Imprint: McFarland

          The Author

          Grandmaster Andrew Soltis, eight times champion of the Marshall Chess Club, New York Post editor and Chess Life columnist, is the author of dozens of chess books. He lives in New York City.

          About the Book

          This book describes the intense rivalry — and collaboration—of the four players who created the golden era when USSR chess players dominated the world. More than 200 annotated games are included, along with personal details—many for the first time in English.
          Mikhail Tal, the roguish, doomed Latvian who changed the way chess players think about attack and sacrifice; Tigran Petrosian, the brilliant, henpecked Armenian whose wife drove him to become the world’s best player; Boris Spassky, the prodigy who survived near-starvation and later bouts of melancholia to succeed Petrosian—but is best remembered for losing to Bobby Fischer; and “Evil” Viktor Korchnoi, whose mixture of genius and jealousy helped him eventually surpass his three rivals (but fate denied him the title they achieved: world champion).

          Andy Soltis is interviewed by Ben Johnson on The Perpetual Chess Podcast, which is easily found and listened to at:


          Soltis discusses the sources of anecdotes in his book and also talks about chess journalism, chess columns, Irving Chernev, the Student Olympiads and ends with two Bobby Fischer anecdotes.


          By the way, Joshua Anderson, writing about an article in January Chess Life on John Collins says this:

          The (Collins) archive has several Byrne brother games that will likely appear in the Byrne brothers book that the author is writing for McFarland.

          (Joshua Anderson is the current president of the Chess Journalists of America and has run their awards program for the past seven seasons. As a trained historian, Joshua has deeply researched two of his passions – chess and football, authoring several historic articles and book chapters. He is currently working on a book about the Byrne Brothers for McFarland Publishing.)



          • #20
            Upcoming Chess Books

            January 24, 2019

            It is my belief that the two World Champions we know most about are Emanuel Lasker and Bobby Fischer. Almost every game and everything they wrote have been collected and published.

            Last year Volume I of a Lasker trilogy was published in English:

            Emanuel Lasker

            Volume I Struggle and Victories

            World Chess Champion for 27 Years

            Richard Forster/Michael Negele/Raj Tischbierek (eds.)

            1 Michael Negele A Biographical Compass, Part I
            2 Wolfgang Kamm & Tomasz Lissowski Ancestors, Family, and Childhood
            3 Tony Gillam Lasker in Great Britain
            4 John Hilbert Lasker: The American Views
            5 Joachim Rosenthal Lasker and Mathematics
            6 Jurgen Fleck Lasker’s Endgame Studies
            7 Ralf Binnewirtz Lasker’s Chess Problems
            8 Raj Tischbierek The Battle Lasker vs Tarrasch
            9 Mihail Marin Dominator of the Chess World

            Exzelsior Verlag, Berlin 2018
            Hard Cover, 464 pages
            ISBN 978-3-935800-09-9

            Volumes II & III in 2020/2021


            This spring, set to appear, is:

            Emanuel Lasker A Reader

            A Compendium of Writings on Chess, Philosophy, Science, Sociology, Mathematics and Other Subjects by the Great World Chess Champion, Scholar and Polymath Emanuel Lasker (1868-1941)

            Edited by Taylor Kingston

            Foreword by Andy Soltis

            Additional contributions by

            Dr. Karsten Müller and Dr. Ingo Althöfer

            Game Annotations by Lasker, Steinitz, Capablanca, Tarrasch, Marco, Marshall, Showalter, Janowski, J.F. Barry, Napier, Hoffer, Zinkl, Stockfish 8 and Komodo 11.2.2


            Russell Enterprises, Inc. Milford, CT USA


            Table of Contents

            Editor’s Preface 6
            Foreword by Andy Soltis 8

            Part I: Chess Writings

            The London Chess Fortnightly (1892-1893) 11
            The Steinitz-Lasker 1894 World Championship Match 42
            The Hastings 1895 Tournament Book 57
            Common Sense in Chess (1896) 64
            Lasker’s Chess Magazine (1904-1909) 70
            The Lasker-Tarrasch 1908 World Championship Match 224
            The St. Petersburg 1909 Tournament Book 276
            The Lasker-Capablanca 1921 World Championship Match 278 New York 1927 and the Lasker-Lederer-Capablanca Dispute 294
            Lasker’s Manual of Chess on the Theory of Steinitz (1932) 302
            Lasker on the Endgame by Karsten Müller 318
            Lasker as a Composer of Problems and Studies 322

            Part II: Lasker as Philosopher and Social Critic

            Struggle (1907) 326
            Die Philosophie des Unvollendbar (1919) 335
            The Community of the Future (1940) 358

            Part III: Emanuel Lasker and Mathematics

            Two Triangles and More by Dr. Ingo Althöfer 367

            Part IV: Miscellany

            Lasca, “The Great Military Game”
            Observations of Lasker by Others
            Index of Players
            Index of Openings General Index

            Was there anything left out? This from the Editor’s Preface:

            This book is not a biography, nor a “Lasker’s Greatest Games” collection. Many of his great and important games are included, but also many of lesser stature, and some not involving him directly. The main criterion was that a game be annotated by Lasker, whether he played it or not.

            Inevitably there were things we would have liked to include but could not. It seems no copies still exist of Lasker’s pro-German WWI apologia Die Selbsttäuschungen unserer Feinde (The Self-Deceptions of our Enemies, 1915).

            His philosophical work Das Begreifen der Welt ( The Comprehension of the World, 1913) was available only at prohibitive cost. We could not obtain any of Lasker’s works on bridge or other card games. Of his writings on non-chess board games, we included only Lasca due to space limitations, which also forced some other omissions, e.g., his book on the 1934 Alekhine-Bogolyubow match, and his verse-drama Vom Menschen die Geschichte (The History of Mankind).


            • #21
              I just received a gift, which is nearly a new chess book - published Oct. 2017. Irresponsible Mediums: the chess games of Marcel Duchamp. It takes 100 of Duchamp's games and puts them to poetry. It was the winner of the Leacock Medal and shortlisted for the Giller Prize. It was written by Canadian Aaron Tucker and published by Book Thug. The link to Amazon is here: https://www.amazon.com/Irresponsible.../dp/1771663340.

              Not recommended for its chess content, but interesting trying to make sense of the poetry from the game it was generated. I am thinking Eric Malmsten would enjoy it.