This large and magnificent work of art is both an interpretive history of Soviet chess from the Bolshevik Revolution to the collapse of the U.S.S.R. in 1991 and a record of the most interesting games played. The text traces the phenomenal growth of chess from the days of the revolution to the devastation of World War II, and then from the Golden Age of Soviet-dominated chess in the 1950s to the challenge of Bobby Fischer and the quest to find his Soviet match. Included are 249 games, each with a diagram; most are annotated and many have never before been published outside the Soviet Union. The text is augmented by photographs and includes 63 tournament and match scoretables. Also included are a bibliography, an appendix of records achieved in Soviet national championships, two indexes of openings, and an index of players and opponents.
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Grandmaster Andrew Soltis is the author of dozens of chess books, including The 100 Best Chess Games of the 20th Century, Ranked (2000), The United States Chess Championship (1997), Frank Marshall (1993, 1994 British Chess Federation Book of the Year) and The Book of Chess Lists (1984). The eight-time champion of the world-famous Marshall Chess Club, he is an editor and journalist at the New York Post and a columnist for Chess Life. He lives in New York City.From Library Journal:
Any serious player or enthusiast would crave this truly impressive work on chess. International chess Grandmaster Soltis is an accomplished author of chess material and writes a terrific weekly column in the New York Post. He covers 249 games, indexed by players and openings, from throughout the Soviet period. Soltis gives personality to the opponents while demonstrating the rise of chess's popularity with the public and the Party. The chronological format helps define a Soviet mindset and show chess as a propoganda tool, especially after the challenge presented by American champion Bobby Fischer. Names of players take on a life, reflected in aggressive, passive, or conservative style of play. Though these plays can seem simplistic by today's computer standards, the marvelous creative ability of some of these great practitioners nevertheless merits our respect. The fundamental period games can only help develop a stronger or more sound play for readers and chess devotees. Highly recommended for chess and larger Soviet history collections.
-Marty Soven, Woodside, NY
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Descrizione libro McFarland, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. annotated edition. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0786406763