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  • Wayne Komer
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    Upcoming Chess Books

    July 3, 2018

    I am starting a thread on interesting new chess books. They should offer something novel not the same old same old.

    This one has a Canadian connection in the second author:

    Man vs. Machine
    Challenging Human Supremacy at Chess
    by Karsten Müller & Jonathan Schaeffer
    Foreword by Vladimir Kramnik

    480 pages

    November 2018

    Man vs. Machine

    Technology continues to advance at a rapid pace. It may sound quaint today, but not so long ago, computers battled humans for supremacy at the game of chess. The challenge of building a computer program capable of defeating the best of human-kind at chess was one of the original grand challenges of the fledgling field of artificial intelligence. On one side were dedicated scientists and hobbyists who invested decades of effort developing the software and hardware technology; on the other side were incredibly talented humans with only their determination and preparation to withstand the onslaught of technology.

    The man versus machine battle in chess is a landmark in the history of technology. There are numerous books that document the technical aspects of this epic story. The human side is not often told. Few chess players are inclined to write about their man-machine encounters, other than annotating the games played. This book brings the two sides together. It tells the stories of many of the key scientists and chess players that participated in a 50-year research project to advance the understanding of computing technology.

    “Grandmaster Karsten Müller and Professor Jonathan Schaeffer have managed to describe the fascinating history of the unequal fight of man against machine in an entertaining and instructive way. It evoked pleasant and not so pleasant memories of my own fights against the monsters. I hope that their work gives you as much pleasure as it has given me.” – From the Foreword by Vladimir Kramnik, 14th World Chess Champion

    About the Authors

    Jonathan Schaeffer is a Professor of Computing Science at the University of Alberta in Canada. For over 35 years he has been doing research in artificial intelligence using games and puzzles to demonstrate his ideas. Two of his games-related research projects have found a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. He is an internationally recognized researcher in the field of artificial intelligence and is best known for using games as his experimental test bed.

    Schaeffer’s scientific paper, “Checkers Is Solved,” was a runner-up in Science’s breakthroughs of the year for 2007, was named by Nature’s readers as the ninth Most Important Achievement of the Year, and was one of the New York Times’ “Ideas of the Year.” His published works also include One Jump Ahead: Computer Perfection at Checkers.

    Schaeffer’s other game successes include Phoenix, a program that tied for first place in the 1986 World Computer Chess Championship, and Polaris, the first program to become competitive with world-class poker players.

    International Grandmaster Karsten Müller is recognized as one of the world’s top endgame experts. He is the author of many books on endgames and chess tactics.


  • Wayne Komer
    Upcoming Chess Books

    April 18, 2019

    I received my copy of Evgeny Bareev’s Say No to Chess Principles! today.

    Leafing through it, I was struck by the vividness of his language.

    His last tournament was the Moscow Open in 2010. He was playing Boris Grachev, when he became very ill. He made a draw and then got sick in the tournament hall and had to be taken by ambulance to the hospital on such a long ride that he actually became better. You must read the whole story.

    See also the introduction to Gelfand-Bareev 1985 after he was conscripted into the army.

    You might wonder if the book is just a series of positions. The best thing I can do is to reproduce the Games Index on the last page.

    The first six are positions and then the rest are Bareev games.

    Games Index to Bareev's "Say No to Chess Principles!"

    No White Black Event ECO

    1 Alexander Alekhine - Akiba Rubinstein The Hague 1924 D30
    2 Aaron Nimzowitsch- Jose Raul Capablanca St Petersburg 1914 C62
    3 Yuri Averbakh - Boris Spassky Leningrad 1956 E74
    4 Tigran Petrosian- Robert James Fischer Bled 1959 E40
    5 Ilia Abramovich Kan - Mikhail Botvinnik Moscow 1953 D71
    6 Viswanathan Anand- Peter Svidler Linares 1999 D97
    1 Evgeny Bareev - Stefan Djuric Bled 1991 E73
    2 Vassily Ivanchuk- Evgeny Bareev Elista 1998 B19
    3 Evgeny Bareev - Mikhail Gurevich Minsk 1987 E12
    4 Ian Nepomniachtchi - Evgeny Bareev St. Petersburg 2009 B12
    5 Evgeny Bareev - Branko Damljanovic Belgrade 1993 E73
    6 Evgeny Bareev - Wolfgang Uhlmann Dortmund 1990 E73
    7 Vereslav Eingorn- Evgeny Bareev Leningrad 1990 A81
    8 Evgeny Bareev - Konstantin Sakaev Moscow 2001 E38
    9 Evgeny Bareev - Veselin Topalov Monte Carlo 2003 D11
    10 Lars Hansen - Evgeny Bareev Gausdal 1986 D12
    11 Evgeny Bareev - Mikhail Gurevich Cap d'Agde 2003 D12
    12 Evgeny Bareev - Dejan Mozetic Belgrade 1993 E71
    13 Predrag Nikolic - Evgeny Bareev Lyon 1994 D48
    14 Alexander Grischuk - Evgeny Bareev Wijk aan Zee 2003 B12
    15 Evgeny Bareev - Sergey Dolmatov Kiev 1986 E21
    16 Evgeny Bareev - Peter Leko Dortmund 2002 E32
    17 Evgeny Bareev - Ruslan Sherbakov Nabereznye Chelny 1988 E08
    18 Jan Timman - Evgeny Bareev Wijk aan Zee 2002 A29
    19 Evgeny Bareev - Gennadi Kuzmin Leningrad 1990 E73
    20 Lothar Vogt - Evgeny Bareev Budapest 1988 C06
    21 Evgeny Bareev - Yuri Razuvaev Tilburg 1993 E38
    22 Evgeny Bareev - Christopher Lutz Turin 2006 E12
    23 Lev Psakhis - Evgeny Bareev Kharkov 1985 A57
    24 Evgeny Bareev - Boris Grachev Moscow 2010 D12
    25 Mikhail Gurevich- Evgeny Bareev Elista 1998 D38
    26 Evgeny Bareev - Jeroen Piket Montecatini Terme 2000 A25
    27 Boris Gelfand - Evgeny Bareev Sochi 1984 C08
    28 Evgeny Bareev - Peter Svidler Elista 1997 E90
    29 Evgeny Bareev - Alexei Shirov Dortmund 1992 E73
    30 Evgeny Bareev - Alexei Shirov Wijk aan Zee 2004 E05
    31 Boris Gelfand - Evgeny Bareev Sochi 1982 C08
    32 Evgeny Bareev - Alexey Dreev Wijk aan Zee 2002 D12
    33 Evgeny Bareev - Valery Salov Linares 1992 E11
    34 Evgeny Bareev - Artur Yusupov Paris 1992 D94
    35 Evgeny Bareev - Elizbar Ubilava Kharkov 1985 D37
    36 Evgeny Bareev - Alexandr Poluljahov St. Petersburg 1998 E94
    37 Boris Gelfand - Evgeny Bareev Klaipeda 1985 C06
    38 Evgeny Bareev - Michael Adams Biel 1991 A41
    39 Evgeny Bareev - Joseph Gallagher Germany 1999 E71
    40 Evgeny Bareev - Joel Lautier Paris 1991 E39
    41 Jeroen Piket - Evgeny Bareev Dortmund 1992 D06
    42 Evgeny Bareev - Dmitry Bocharov Kazan 2005 E11
    43 Evgeny Bareev - Valerij Popov Tomsk 2001 A84
    44 Evgeny Bareev - Alexander Shabalov Sochi 1982 A65
    45 Alexander Morozevich - Evgeny Bareev Dortmund 2002 B14
    46 Veselin Topalov - Evgeny Bareev Linares 1994 C11
    47 Evgeny Bareev - Loek van Wely Wijk aan Zee 2002 D97
    48 Alexander Khalifman - Evgeny Bareev Wijk aan Zee 1995 A29
    49 Lembit Oil - Evgeny Bareev Klaipeda 1985 A57
    50 Evgeny Bareev - Igor Novikov Kharkov 1985 E12
    51 Alexey Dreev- Evgeny Bareev Moscow 1982 B13
    52 Alexander Beliavsky - Evgeny Bareev Moscow 1990 A87
    53 Evgeny Bareev - Yaroslav Zinchenko Ohrid 2009 D87
    54 Loek van Wely - Evgeny Bareev Monaco 2002 D19
    55 Veselin Topalov - Evgeny Bareev Wijk aan Zee 2004 C19

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  • Wayne Komer
    Upcoming Chess Books

    April 5, 2019

    Love and Chess

    Six years ago, I was buying some chess books for my collection and there was one on the list, in Dutch, entitled “Geheime liefde” by Laurie Langenbach.

    A bit of research gave details of her part in the feminist movement in the Netherlands, her career in dance and song and numerous affairs.

    This from Wikipedia:

    Laurie Langenbach (1947 – 1984)

    “Her debut novel Secret Love (1977) makes clear how obsessive she could be in love. Her years of unrequited 'secret love' this time concerned the chess player Jan Timman . The work caused quite a stir, because it was too personal and not literary enough. The book nevertheless experienced a number of reprints. Her work is described as sensual, sensory and subjective.”

    I knew I would never read it in Dutch, but it was a “literary companion”, so to speak, of Jan Timman’s books – so I bought it for $20 put it with Jan’s endgame books and it has rested on those shelves ever since.

    This is a prelude to the recent publication of another book about love and chess:

    Checkmate! The Love Story of Mikhail Tal and Sally Landau

    By Sally Landau

    Publisher: Elk and Ruby Publishing, 2019
    Pages: Paperback, 223 pages

    Publisher’s Blurb: Sally Landau, born in 1938, Vitebsk, Soviet Union, was Mikhail Tal’s first wife, a highly talented actress and singer. Sally and Misha were married from 1959 to 1970 in a period that encompassed Tal’s two world championship matches with Botvinnik as well as many of his greatest tournament performances.

    Sally’s breathtaking story, first published in Russia in 1998 and which has been reprinted multiple times, is a memoir of her time with Tal, with whom she remained friends long after they divorced right up until his death in 1992. Full of detail about Tal and their life together, it is a tale of triumph and tragedy, love, parenthood, sorrow, jealousy, betrayal and revenge. Colored by a historical and social background including the Second World War, the Soviet chess scene, Rigan high society, the shadow economy in the Soviet Union, and Jewish emigration, it contains a fascinating portrait of Misha’s mysterious family and is illustrated with photos from Sally’s private archive. And it all just happens to be true…

    любовь и шахматы by Sally Landau

    See also: https://forum.chesstalk.com/forum/ch...birthday-today

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  • Wayne Komer
    Upcoming Chess Books

    March 28, 2019

    Author: Bareev, Evgeny

    Title: Say No to Chess Principles!

    Expected in April-May 2019. A collection of about 50 Bareev's games with his own annotations. The author focuses more on word comments and explanations than on detailed analysis. The games are selected so that they contain various non-standard ideas - the list of topics can be found in picture 2. Within annotations, the book includes various biographical information, Bareev's opinions or insights about his opponents or tournaments he has participated in. Evgeny Bareev, b. 1966, Russian, respectively since 2015 Canadian GM, belongs to world's top players for decades. He has played several times in Candidates, has reached a rating of 2739. He is also a FIDE Senior trainer. Further information about the book and a sample are available at thinkerspublishing.com

    Place of publication:Ghent
    Publisher: Thinkers Publishing
    Year of publication: 2019
    Edition:1st edition
    Pages: many photos in text, 278p
    Language: English + Figurine notation
    Diagrams: many
    Book size: Large 8vo (23-25 cm)

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. Play without castling
    Chapter 2. A Queen behind the enemy lines
    Chapter 3. When a piece in the center is grim
    Chapter 4. A piece down in a worse position
    Chapter 5. At the edge of the board
    Chapter 6. Killer delayed castling
    Chapter 7. Rewards of doubled pawns

    Summary of Evgeny Bareev’s Chess Career
    Games Index


    If you go to:


    you will see these books:

    Vladimir Tukmakov – Coaching the Chess Stars
    Gata Kamsky – Chess Gamer, Vol. 1: The Awakening 1989-1996
    Romain Edouard – My Magic Years with Topalov
    Alexey Kuzmin – Together with the Candidates

    All interesting books that should be added to one’s collection.

    If you look at the photos under Editorial team you will see that the Editor In chief is Romain Edouard and two of the proofreaders are none other than Eric Hansen and Aman Hambleton and Chess Consultant us & Canada: Raja Panjwani.

    In his photo Aman is clean-shaven and has a haircut.

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  • Ian Findlay
    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.

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  • Wayne Komer
    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).

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  • Wayne Komer
    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.)


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  • Wayne Komer
    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

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  • Wayne Komer
    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

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  • John Torrie
    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.

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  • Wayne Komer
    Upcoming Chess Books

    December 7, 2018

    This book to appear in 2019

    My Best Games - Chess Lessons from my Legacy, Volume 1: 1989-1996

    by Gata Kamsky (Author)

    · Paperback: 315 pages
    · Publisher: Thinkers Publishing
    · Language: English
    · ISBN-10: 9492510286
    · ISBN-13: 978-9492510280
    · Product Dimensions: 17 x 23.5 cm
    · Shipping Weight: 503 g

    About the Author

    Grandmaster Gata Kamsky, five times US champion, has one of the most extraordinary career trajectories of any chess player. In 1989 he arrived in New York, at the age of 15, with his father from his home country Russia. Just two years later he became for the first time US champion. He reached the top 10 at the very young age of 16 and played a World Championship match at the age of 22, losing to the reigning World Champion Anatoli Karpov. He then decided to stop playing chess for 8 years, studying Medicine and Law. In 2004 he reappeared as a full-time player, became again a world-elite player winning many international tournaments and supporting the US team for many successes.

    Gata will share in his first volume how he became one of the world elite class players and contender for the title of World Chess Champion. Why and how he used different styles of play and will reveal how this learning process helped him to become a chess professional.


    Readers may be familiar with Gata Kamsky chess genius by Stephen Gordon and Timothy Taylor, Chess Digest, 1994, 196 pages

    There is also:

    Elista diaries: Karpov-Kamsky 1996
    Anatoly Karpov and Ronald Henley
    R & D Publishing
    1996, 333 pages

    and Norbert Heymann’s game collections 1992 and 1995 for Europa-Rochade.

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  • Ken MacDonald
    Originally posted by John Torrie View Post
    100 per cent Canadian and fresh from the press is Saint John chess master Jonathan MacDonald's inspirational 'My Adventures In The Chess World: Jonathan Style'. The Saint John Library has already purchased two books, and chess players from around the province who recently invested in a copy are soaking it up. Through a series of articles, games and memorabilia, Jonathan highlights his attraction to chess at the late age of 17, his developing passion, love and mastery of the game as he sought out chess adventures and fought his way up the ranks. This postmodern chess book is written without boast, has a lot of humor and a pureness and honesty of heart that is great to see in a chess book.
    Where can I obtain a copy? Preferably signed.

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  • John Torrie
    100 per cent Canadian and fresh from the press is Saint John chess master Jonathan MacDonald's inspirational 'My Adventures In The Chess World: Jonathan Style'. The Saint John Library has already purchased two books, and chess players from around the province who recently invested in a copy are soaking it up. Through a series of articles, games and memorabilia, Jonathan highlights his attraction to chess at the late age of 17, his developing passion, love and mastery of the game as he sought out chess adventures and fought his way up the ranks. This postmodern chess book is written without boast, has a lot of humor and a pureness and honesty of heart that is great to see in a chess book.

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  • Gordon Ritchie
    Man vs Machine is available from Amazon for $46. Same for Timman's upcoming book on KvK. Too rich for my blood.
    Last edited by Gordon Ritchie; Monday, 3rd December, 2018, 12:55 PM.

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  • Ian Findlay
    Looking forward to Game Changer. You can see some videos on chess24 website where Matthew Sadler shows what Alpha Zero would have done in the recent Carslen - Caruana match. Some really great ideas and a lot of them are quite practical. Matthew Sadler also does a great job of explaining it in human terms. Also Natasha Regan has very impressive credential in AI.

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