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Chess Duels: My Games with the World Champions Hardcover – May 25, 2010
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‘Seirawan has come up with the goods in a systematic, clear, interesting and fun way.'
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Four-time US Champion Yasser Seirawan provides a fascinating and highly entertaining account of his games and encounters with the world champions of chess including Garry Kasparov, Anatoly Karpov, Bobby Fischer, Boris Spassky, Tigran Petrosian, Mikhail Tal, Vassily Smyslov, Mikhail Botvinnik and Max Euwe.
Having been involved in frequent battles against world champions over a 25-year period, Seirawan is in an ideal position to reveal how it really feels to be facing the legends of the game.
He describes and analyses, in depth, his most memorable encounters – both famous victories and painful defeats, against the best chessplayers of the last 50 years.
During this time Seirawan has also been highly active in off-the-board chess activities. This has brought him into close personal contact with many of these champions. In,"Chess Duels: My Games with the World Champions,"Seirawan recounts many stories involving these giants of the game - giving an intriguing insight into their personalities away from the board.
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If you put together a top GM, a skilled (former chess editor) writer a chess personality, hard work and time the result is this book.
The book is the perfect companion for a chess player. You have the mix of very interesting and insighful chess stories and great chess games.The stories are well elaborate and give you a better understanding of the development of chess in the post Fischer Era. The game are high quality with clear annotations.These combinations make the book perfect for a light read before bed(stories) or as a tool for chess improvement( going over the games in detail).
Seirawan reveals the untold stories ligated to many important chess tournament and matches. The role played by preparation, the strong and weak points of the players as well as the politics behind critical/life changing decisions.
This book belongs to any chess player library. Highly reccomended.
Disclaimer: I am not a professional reviwer and my chess skill level is just over 1900
Yasser is one of the chess world's best, and most unique, writers. His annotations are very personal (you can feel his elation and pain in his comments), and very warm. You can feel his warmth to people in general, and especially to the great chess players.
I love this book because it is also a sort of memoire. Yasser talks about his childhood, and his activities in youth chess, all of which is entertaining and fascinating. But the meat of the book concerns the world champions he faced over the board, and his high level analysis of the games. It is so nice to read his always gentalmanly comments about his opponents, as players, and as human beings. I'm not sure there has ever been such a strong player as Yasser who is also such a polite gentleman.
This book is loaded with great anecdotes about the chess world, with virtually no malice. Along with that, it is loaded with great analysis of top level games. It is a wonderful book. If you were waffling about buying it, I can recommend it without any reservation.
The book is really two books in one!
First: Annotated Games. Let me just say that if you are not a Grand Master yet (smirk) and you would like to improve your playing strength, one of the best ways is to learn from the best. Replaying Master level games and reading their own notes on what they were thinking or what they considered in key positions reveals a great deal about Chess. Unfortunately most annotated games books are boring variations written out like a calculus book! Also, even if you take the painful time of playing out every possible move, if you are not a Master it may not be obvious what is happening. Was there are a threat of fork? Where was the mating attack the author seemed to be worried about? Sac, Sac, Mate is not good annotations if your not familiar with the Sacrifice plan. This is where Yasser shines! His annotations are for the regular man (person)! He is funny and charming. He shares with you in plain talk what he is concerned about and what he is planning. Then when he shares a long variation of possibilities he was concerned with it makes sense becuase you understand the plans for both sides. His annotations are written more like a coach! Very helpful indeed. I would buy any book Yasser produces with annotated games. I have become a better player since reading this book and playing through his games on a board. Thank you Yasser!
Second: Chess stories. If you like TV shows on the history channel or documentaries or even TMZ you'll love this book. Because Chess events are usually weeks or even months long, players often spend a lot of time together. Yasser doesn't "dish the dirt" on anyone. As a gentleman, he shares fun stories that are not embarrasing to anyone but light and fun to read. It's like listening to old friend at the end of the day tell you about his day at work. Many of the stories made me laugh openly. He also shares an inside view of the Chess world. The struggles that FIDE, GMA, and PCA all went through and the process of becoming a Grandmaster and ultimately World Champion. I found it very interesting. I couldn't put it down. I even had to skip playing games in order and just read ahead about Chess History. It is very fascinating.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a interest in Chess and the Professional Chess world. Anyone who wants to be a better player and understand what the masters plans were during a game and not just lenghty unexplained variations. Enjoy
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This book is incredibly enjoyable and instructive in every way. The notes, diagrams, explainations, binding, etc. are all first rate.Read more