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  • Wayne Komer
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    Upcoming Chess Books

    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.

    https://www.russell-enterprises.com/...emacy-at-chess

  • Wayne Komer
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    August 16, 2019

    Coaching Kasparov

    Elk and Ruby Publishing have a couple of dozen books now that are by Russian and Ukrainian authors. They are good value for the money and address topics which are very difficult to get information on in the West. For example:

    Alekhine’s Odessa Secrets, Checkmate! The Love Story of Mikhail Tal and Sally Landau, The Rise and Fall of David Bronstein, The Chelyabinsk Meteorite: Selected Games of Igor Kurnosov, Team Tal: An Inside Story, Smyslov on the Couch and Evil-Doer: Half a Century with Viktor Korchnoi.

    Published yesterday:

    Coaching Kasparov, Year by Year and Move by Move, Volume I: The Whizz-Kid (1973-1981)

    Author: Alexander Nikitin

    Paperback: 199 pages
    Publisher: Elk and Ruby Publishing
    ISBN-10: 5604176958
    ISBN-13: 978-5604176955

    Publisher's Blurb

    In Coaching Kasparov, Year by Year and Move by Move Garry Kasparov’s long-term coach, second and mentor Alexander Nikitin tells the story of how he trained Kasparov from a brilliant but raw junior into becoming and then remaining the world champion. Volume I, the present work, covers the period 1973-1981, until Kasparov reached the age of 18.

    The author goes to great lengths to describe his educational approach during the early period to raise Kasparov’s theoretical knowledge and practical performance, covering both play and psychological training.

    In Nikitin’s blow-by-blow tournament accounts he describes how he handled various unexpected situations to get the best out of Kasparov with detailed recipes. His numerous insights will be of great interest to today’s chess coaches who wish to take a comprehensive approach to improving their pupils’ performances.

    The present volume contains 46 games fully annotated by Nikitin, including all 14 games of a blitz match played between the 15-year old Kasparov and ex-world champion Mikhail Tal on 26 December 1978 in Tbilisi that have never before been published and which are provided specially for the 2019 edition of this book.

    Most of the other games are well known, but Nikitin explains many of Kasparov’s decisions in those games from the point of view of the future world champion’s coach, providing the context of his young pupil's thought process and mistakes and tracing his progress. He also uses these games to illustrate and expand upon his coaching advice. This makes his commentary quite unique and instructive, of formidable practical use to budding players, coaches and parents.

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  • Wayne Komer
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    August 9, 2019

    The Nemesis – Geller’s Greatest Games (continued)

    Prizewinning Games 433

    123 Energy encouraged, Alexander Kotov – Geller, Moscow 1949 434
    124 Five swift strides, Geller – Alexey Sokolsky, Moscow 1950 437
    125 On the altar of the attack, Erno Gereben – Geller, Sicilian Defence 440
    126 Clarity is not always needed, Herman Pilnik – Geller, Gothenburg 1955 443
    127 The price of one move, Geller – Boris Spassky, Riga 1958 446
    128 One move further, Geller – Vasily Smyslov, Moscow 1961 450
    129 Dynamics versus statics, Geller – Milko Bobotsov, Moscow 1968 453
    130 A rook in the enemy’s rear, Geller – Vladimir Antoshin, Moscow 1970 456
    131 Duel with a sequel, Geller – Svetozar Gligoric, Belgrade (1) 1970 459

    Resumption on the Morrow... 464

    132 Hopelessly lost? Samuel Reshevsky – Geller, Zurich 1953 465
    133 Stepping around the trap, Geller – Vladimir Simagin, Moscow 1961 467
    134 A sleepless night, William Lombardy – Geller, Siegen 1970 469
    135 Superfluous rooks, Geller – Heinz Liebert, Kapfenberg 1970 471

    Closing Words 472 Index of Opponents (Geller playing White) 473 Index of Opponents (Geller playing Black) 475 Openings Index 477 Geller’s Record against World Champions 477 Geller’s Main Tournament and Match Results 478

    __________

    I assume that the chapter entitled “Resumption on the Morrow” has games that were adjourned, analyzed all night and resumed the next day!

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  • Wayne Komer
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    August 9, 2019

    The Nemesis – Geller’s Greatest Games

    In my estimation, Geller is up there with Tal and Fischer as players who have enjoyable games. Now, an English edition of the 2017 book about him has been published.

    Details

    The book contains 135 games played by Yefim Geller, all deeply annotated by himself. Yefim Geller, 1925-1998, between 1950-1980 one of world best players, was 6 times in Candidates tournaments, 2 times USSR champion etc. He played more than 200 games against world champions, with an active score of 39 wins, 35 losses and 132 draws. Geller was expert namely on the Sicilian and Ruy Lopez by both colors and on the King's Indian as Black. Career record, index of players and openings, the list of games (pictures 2-5). The book was also published in Russian in 2017, with title Shakhmatnoe tvorchestvo.

    Place of publication: Glasgow

    Publisher: Quality Chess

    Year of publication: 2019

    Edition: 1st edition in English

    Pages: 480p.

    Binding: Hardcover

    Language: English + Figurine notation

    Contents

    Biographical

    1 In search of adventure, Geller – Efim Kogan, Odessa 1946 21
    2 Is a queen sacrifice always worth it? Samuel Kotlerman – Geller, Odessa 1949 25
    3 A bishop transformed, Tigran Petrosian – Geller, Moscow 1949 29
    4 Miniature monograph, Geller – Josif Vatnikov, Kiev 1950 31
    5 Equilibrium disturbed, Mikhail Botvinnik – Geller, Moscow 1951 35
    6 Blockading the flank, Mikhail Botvinnik – Geller, Budapest 1952 40
    7 A step towards the truth, Geller – Wolfgang Unzicker, Stockholm 1952 44
    8 The cost of a wasted move, Harry Golombek – Geller, Stockholm 1952 47
    9 Insufficient compensation? Geller – Herman Pilnik, Stockholm 1952 49
    10 Black needs a plan... Geller – Robert Wade, Stockholm 1952 51
    11 White wants a draw, Luis Sanchez – Geller, Stockholm 1952 53
    12 Sufferings for nothing, Geller – Gideon Stahlberg, Stockholm 1952 55
    13 A strong queen, Geller – Gedeon Barcza, Stockholm 1952 58
    14 The horrors of time trouble, Geller – Laszlo Szabo, Stockholm 1952 60
    15 Seizing the moment, Geller – Paul Keres, Moscow 1952 62
    16 Strength in movement, Geller – Miguel Najdorf, Zurich 1953 66
    17 Second and last... Max Euwe – Geller, Zurich 1953 70
    18 Whose weakness is weaker? Mikhail Botvinnik – Geller, Moscow 1955 74
    19 All decided by tactics, Vasily Smyslov – Geller, Moscow (7) 1955 78
    20 Three in one, Geller – Oscar Panno, Gothenburg 1955 81
    21 Check equals mate, Geller – Andrija Fuderer, Gothenburg 1955 84
    22 A needless provocation, Geller – Gideon Stahlberg, Gothenburg 1955 88
    23 Blockade or breakthrough? Geller – Tigran Petrosian, Amsterdam 1956 90
    24 A Spanish experiment, Geller – Miroslav Filip, Amsterdam 1956 94
    25 A proverb loses its force, Boris Spassky – Geller, Amsterdam 1956 96
    26 Re-enacting the past, Geller – Ratmir Kholmov, Vilnius 1957 101
    27 Playing ad hominem, Mikhail Tal – Geller, Riga 1958 106
    28 Premature activity, Geller – Paul Keres, Tbilisi 1959 110
    29 Seizing the initiative, Wolfgang Uhlmann – Geller, Dresden 1959 113
    30 The Achilles’ heel of the black king, Geller – Lev Polugaevsky, Moscow 1961 116
    31 A surprise... to whom? Tigran Petrosian – Geller, Moscow 1961 120
    32 Is an extra tempo harmful? Vasily Smyslov – Geller, Moscow 1961 125
    33 Blockade breached, Geller – Robert Fischer, Curacao 1962 129
    34 Passion isn’t always an ally... Robert Fischer – Geller, Curacao 1962 134
    35 The second cycle... Mikhail Tal – Geller, Curacao 1962 139
    36 A successful improvisation, Viktor Korchnoi – Geller, Curacao 1962 142
    37 Decided by feelings, Geller – Miroslav Filip, Curacao 1962 146
    38 A leader’s heavy burden, Robert Fischer – Geller, Curacao 1962 150
    39 Playing a pawn down is easier, Geller – Yuri Nikolaevsky, Ukraine 1962 153
    40 In thrall to long years of acquaintance, Geller – Tigran Petrosian, Moscow 1963 156
    41 Whoever conquers the square e4... Viktor Korchnoi – Geller, Moscow 1963 159
    42 A harmless surprise, Boris Spassky – Geller, Moscow 1964 164
    43 Combinations occur in the endgame too! Geller – Vasily Smyslov, Moscow 1964 169
    44 The queen is stronger, Geller – Borislav Ivkov, Beverwijk 1965 173
    45 At the meeting-point of two openings, Levente Lengyel – Geller, Beverwijk 1965 177
    46 Wind in the sails, Geller – Vasily Smyslov, Moscow (1) 1965 180
    47 Third way barred, Geller – Vasily Smyslov, Moscow (3) 1965 184
    48 Invulnerable queen, Geller – Vasily Smyslov, Moscow (5) 1965 188
    49 Tactics versus strategy, Bruno Parma – Geller, Havana 1965 192
    50 Something to delight... the ICCF, Geller – Robert Fischer, Havana 1965 195
    51 Hunting the king, Geller – Bent Larsen, Copenhagen (2) 1966 200
    52 A not-so-quiet endgame, Geller – Aleksandar Matanovic, Sukhumi 1966 203
    53 The centre in motion, Geller – Aleksander Nikitin, Kislovodsk 1966 206
    54 It’s a mistake to make the last mistake, Mikhail Tal – Geller, Kislovodsk 1966 208
    55 Loss leads to profit, Leonid Stein – Geller, Kislovodsk 1966 211
    56 Refutation refuted, Leonid Stein – Geller, Moscow 1966 214
    57 Queens as gifts, Yuri Nikolaevsky – Geller, Tbilisi 1966/67 217
    58 A ledge above the precipice, Robert Fischer – Geller, Monte Carlo 1967 222
    59 A bird in the hand? Or two in the bush? Florin Gheorghiu – Geller, Moscow 1967 228
    60 Rook in a trap, Geller – Boris Spassky, Moscow 1967 231
    61 A life lasting one evening, Geller – Lajos Portisch, Moscow 1967 235
    62 Under the analytic microscope, Robert Fischer – Geller, Skopje 1967 237
    63 The bluebird of the advantage, Boris Spassky – Geller, Sukhumi (4) 1968 244
    64 Ancient theory, Geller – Leonid Shamkovich, Riga 1968 251
    65 Running to the endgame, Geller – Vlastimil Hort, Skopje 1968 254
    66 All à la Munchausen, Jan Adamski – Geller, Lugano 1968 257
    67 Help yourself to the pawn, please! Geller – Zurab Mikadze, Gori 1968 260
    68 One move good, two moves worse... Viktor Kupreichik – Geller, Moscow 1969 263
    69 With respect and gratitude, Mikhail Botvinnik – Geller, Belgrade 1969 266
    70 Weakness at the strong point, Samuel Zhukhovitsky – Geller, Moscow 1970 269
    71 The king pays the price, Geller – Andrzej Filipowicz, Budapest 1970 273
    72 Hobbled steed, Geller – Henrique Mecking, Palma de Mallorca 1970 275
    73 Zugzwang due to negligence, W. Uhlmann – Geller, Palma de Mallorca 1970 278
    74 Adjournment as revenge, Robert Hübner – Geller, Palma de Mallorca 1970 282
    75 An opening and an endgame too... Geller – V. Smyslov, Palma de Mallorca 1970 287
    76 The queen lies in ambush, Geller – Samuel Reshevsky, Palma de Mallorca 1970 292
    77 A pin worth more than a rook, Geller – Dragoljub Velimirovic, Havana 1971 296
    78 Your opponent too must think, Geller – Viktor Korchnoi, Moscow (8) 1971 302
    79 An unfathomed design, Geller – Albert Kapengut, Leningrad 1971 308
    80 All-powerful pawn, Geller – Borislav Ivkov, Hilversum 1973 310
    81 Mines always explode, Jan Timman – Geller, Hilversum 1973 313
    82 A reserve path to the goal, Geller – David Bronstein, Petropolis 1973 316
    83 Victory through simplification, Geller – Paul Keres, Petropolis 1973 321
    84 Lapsed vigilance, Peter Biyiasas – Geller, Petropolis 1973 324
    85 A familiar “copy”, Henrique Mecking – Geller, Petropolis 1973 328
    86 Trying to play f2-f4! Geller – Werner Hug, Petropolis 1973 332
    87 f2-f4 after all! Geller – Ljubomir Ljubojevic, Petropolis 1973 335
    88 The bishop on c6 is cramped... Geller – Lev Polugaevsky, Portoroz 1973 339
    89 “Torture” lasting a quarter of a century, Geller – Paul Keres, Moscow 1973 342
    90 Is fashion always an individual thing? Vasily Smyslov – Geller, Moscow 1973 346
    91 The idea remains “offstage”, Geller – Boris Spassky, Moscow 1974 349
    92 The fiendish power of the dragon, Vasily Smyslov – Geller, Moscow 1974 353
    93 Improvisation on a familiar theme, Geller – Boris Spassky, Moscow 1975 356
    94 March of the white king, Geller – Mikhail Tal, Moscow 1975 360
    95 Knights attacking the king, Geller – Anatoly Karpov, Moscow 1976 364
    96 Exceptions to rules, Geller – Mikhail Tal, Moscow 1976 368
    97 A novel plan, Geller – Nino Kirov, Moscow 1977 372
    98 Not all draws are alike, Mikhail Tal – Geller, Leningrad 1977 375
    99 Experience versus youth, Geller – Garry Kasparov, Tbilisi 1978 377
    100 A full-blooded fight, Mikhail Tal – Geller, Tbilisi 1978 379
    101 A misplaced king, Geller – Konstantin Lerner, Minsk 1979 383
    102 Attacking the Sicilian, Geller – Yuri Anikaev, Minsk 1979 385
    103 Soviet Champion! Alexander Beliavsky – Geller, Minsk 1979 387
    104 A Sveshnikov surprise, Shimon Kagan – Geller, Skara 1980 390
    105 The centre cannot hold... Nino Kirov – Geller, Skara 1980 392
    106 An American adventure, Geller – Oscar Panno, Lone Pine 1980 394
    107 One slip is enough, Geller – Bozidar Ivanovic, Lone Pine 1980 397
    108 A theoretical battle, Geller – Roman Hernandez, Las Palmas 1980 399
    109 Marshall’s formidable weapon, Lev Psakhis – Geller, Sochi 1982 401
    110 A routine move? Geller – Semen Dvoirys, Sochi 1982 405
    111 Fighting the Closed Sicilian, Oleg Romanishin – Geller, Sochi 1983 407
    112 Pin and win, Geller – Josef Pribyl, Sochi 1984 410
    113 Fighting my own idea, Geller – Peter Lukacs, Sochi 1984 412
    114 Memory trouble, Geller – Uwe Boensch, Sochi 1984 414
    115 The power of the bishops, Geller – Arshak Petrosian, Riga 1985 417
    116 Following my son... Rob Witt – Geller, Baden-Baden 1985 419
    117 A decisive game, Geller – Miguel Quinteros, Baden-Baden 1985 420
    118 Play the position, not the woman, Geller – Susan Polgar, Baden-Baden 1985 422
    119 No retreats... Geller – Andronico Yap, Moscow 1986 424
    120 Endgame tricks, Geller – Mikhail Tal, Sochi 1986 426
    121 Attacking the French, Geller – Anatoly Vaisser, New Delhi 1987 429
    122 A vicious sacrifice, Geller – Alexey Dreev, New York 1990 431

    (to be continued)

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  • Wayne Komer
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    June 19, 2019

    Maxime Vachier-Lagrave: Joueur d’échecs

    Edition Fayard

    2017

    Paperback, 252 pages

    The publisher’s blurb:

    He is an ordinary young man. He is not an eccentric or a self-centered prodigy. In reality, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave is not quite like the others. This humble and laid-back boy is the French chess champion, and one of the world's top five. For the first time, this wonder of the chessboard gives the readers a behind-the-scene look at this sport. Because the chess game is a real high-level sport, it requires physical and intellectual training.

    Maxime, however, does not intend to sacrifice everything to it. For him, there is a horizon beyond the sixty-four squares. Neither Professor Tournesol nor diva nor Spartan warrior, he refuses to lead the ascetic life of some champions. He drinks mojitos, he loves Haribo sweets, he loves video games, he plays poker with his friends, he bets on football teams ... Within measure, of course, but without ever forbidding himself anything.

    This book is both the self-portrait of a great master and a description, from the inside, of the world of chess in the twenty-first century. A universe that always fascinates and fascinates. It tells the relationship between opponents, the "taste of blood", backstage and daily life at tournaments and technical developments or the role played by computers.

    It is also the personal vision of a young genius of the world where he who spends more than two thirds of his life abroad and is the ambassador of France ...

    There are 39 chapters – some of which are: Le goût du sang, Alcools, La vie en tournoi, Food addict, Magnus le Grand, Profession entraîneur, Mon coach, Bad boys, Le jeu de la chance et du hazard, Bêtes noires, Gros ego and Scandale.

    There are no games and no photos.

    From the Introduction:

    “I am twenty-seven years old. To publish my memoires at this age is a little early. But this book is not a collection of memories even if I detail my personnel and professional career. I am only half way through that career if you consider that it began when I was six years old.

    In chess, one’s working life lasts longer than in other sports. It would be premature to start working on a balance sheet now. This is not a book of reflections, even if I give some analyses about the game and my performances.”

    Readers’ comments

    - Bland book by a player with a spicy style

    - Big fan of MVL, I am disappointed by this book. It is clear that he would not write a book aimed at chess players, but in the end we get a succession of banality on the chess world, without any real info on this world so interesting. No name, no examples, no stories in history.

    - Clearly, you will not buy this book for its literary quality. It is rather a suite of entertaining anecdotes about the world of chess.

    - This isn't great literature; the book is co-written and the style is a little childish in some places. No great revelations either, MVL is rather conciliatory. Despite these flaws the book is fun to read

    - MVL describes the high level chess world and his professional career in it.. Outside chess he leads a disorderly life, but fortunately he knows the limits cannot be exceeded for they would slow down his chances of becoming world champion. I'm a fan and I hope that one day he will succeed to that title.

    ___________

    In short, probably not a book to everyone’s taste but the only one out there on MVL.

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  • Wayne Komer
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    June 19, 2019

    This time, two books which have already appeared. One a long time ago but has been reissued and the other, published without any fanfare a couple of years ago. Neither is in English.

    The first is:

    Goldene Schachzeiten: Erinnerungen

    By Milan Vidmar

    Joachim Beyer Verlag

    First published in 1961

    This edition 2015

    Paperback, 280 pages

    Milan Vidmar (1885 – 1962) was, like Mikhail Botvinnik, an electrical engineer. He was among the top dozen chess players in the world from 1910 to 1930. This title of this book is translated as “The Golden Times of Chess”.

    The chapters:

    1 Nottingham 1936
    2 A huge struggle for the World Championship
    3 The chess siren
    4 Memories of Dr. Tarrasch
    5 The professional chess master problem
    6 The clock nodding to the great masters
    7 Trapping in the big game
    8 The end of the World Champion dream
    9 Is the state of today’s chess ill?

    35 games and game fragments are given such as Tchigorin-Vidmar (1906), Vidmar-Tarrasch (1906), Nimzowitsch-Vidmar (1927), Spielmann-Vidmar (1914), Rubinstein-Vidmar (1918) and Reshevsky-Vidmar (1936).

    Hans Kmoch wrote a touching obituary of Vidmar in Chess Review, December 1962. A few extracts:


    The bell has tolled for another prominent old-timer, actually the last survivor of those famous masters who were of Austro-Hungarian origin and had started their careers before the monarchy had fallen apart.

    Chessmaster Vidmar had two things in common with Morphy: one was his birthday of June 22; the other his playing chess only for pleasure. For the rest, the two men were entirely different.

    Vidmar was born in 1885, a year after Morphy had died. He was born in Laibach, then capital of the Austrian province of Krain. Today, Laibach is the capital of the Yugoslav state of Slovenia.

    The Austro-Hungarian monarchy mas produced many a great player; think only of Steinitz. There was a lot of chess activity in Budapest, Prague and other places, but Vienna naturally had the most of it. In Vidmar’s time young talents like Perlis Reti, Spielmann, Tartakover and he himself met daily either at the famous Wiener Schachklub or at the Café Central, just two blocks away. Schlechter, Marco and Heinrich Wolf were also around and often such distinguished veterans as Albin, Professor Berger from Graz, the father of all literature on endgames, and Max Weiss, an employee of Rothschild’s banking firm, better known as co-winner of the New York 1989 tournament. Maroczy from Budapest and Duras from Prague sometimes showed up, and frequently so did celebrities from abroad.

    Remarkable was his success in the San Sebastian Tournament of 1911. Vidmar doubted that he would have the time to participate, but at the very last moment he put 200 Crowns in his pocket and went. Europe required no passports in those days, except for Russia, The tournament was won by Capablanca, but Vidmar tied for second and third with Rubinstein, thereby obtaining the reputation of grandmaster, which then was a new distinction, not official, But this was as high as Vidmar ever came in a great tournament.

    As time went on, Vidmar found it increasingly more difficult to maintain a place in the upper ranks. At Karlsbad 1929, he scored 12-9, tying for the fifth, sixth and seventh prizes with Becker and Euwe. At Bled (near Laibach) 1931, which was another great tournament, Vidmar scored 13.5-12.4, sharing the fourth to seventh prizes with Flohr, Kashdan and Stoltz. Finally, at Groningen 1946, then aged 61, Vidmar had to realize that a great tournament was definitely too much of a strain for him.

    Vidmar had a strong personal liking for Nimzovich, in later years for Najdorf. With these two he used to be on terms better than correct; he took great pleasure in playing skittles with them, skittles with words as well as skittles with chessmen. In general, he liked people the more the better they were in the art of mutual, good-natured heckling.

    For this game in the New York Tournament of 1927, Vidmar received a brilliancy prize:

    New York 1927
    Round 14, March 12
    Vidmar, Milan – Nimzovich, Aron
    A46 Catalan

    1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Bg2 Nbd7 5.O-O Bd6 6.b3 c6 7.Nbd2 O-O 8.Bb2 Qe7 9.c4 b5 10.Ne5 Bxe5 11.dxe5 Ng4 12.e4 Ngxe5 13.exd5 exd5 14.cxd5 cxd5 15.Bxd5 Rb8 16.Re1 Qd6 17.Nf3 Nxf3+ 18.Qxf3 Kh8 19.Rac1 Rb6 20.Rxc8 Rxc8 21.Qxf7 Qg6 22.Qxd7 1-0

    Position after 20.Rxc8!

    


    (to be continued with MVL book)

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  • Wayne Komer
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    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
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    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
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    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
    Binding:Paperback
    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:

    http://www.thinkerspublishing.com/index.html

    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
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    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
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    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

    2019

    Russell Enterprises, Inc. Milford, CT USA

    https://static1.squarespace.com/stat...er_excerpt.pdf

    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
    Bibliography
    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
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    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:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KY9DtkJmXV8

    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.)

    https://new.uschess.org/news/january...mes-uncovered/

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  • Wayne Komer
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    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
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    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
    Paperback
    224 pages
    ISBN 9781982107185
    November 2018

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  • John Torrie
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    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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