Tal, Petrosian, Spassky and Korchnoi (häftad)
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Tal, Petrosian, Spassky and Korchnoi (häftad)

Tal, Petrosian, Spassky and Korchnoi

A Chess Multibiography with 207 Games

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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).
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Grandmaster Andy 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.


Preface 1 Introduction: The Soviet Team of Rivals 5 1. Four Boys 15 2. Growing Pains 43 3. Overkill 62 4. Culture War 79 5. Spassky, Spassky, Spassky! 93 6. Volshebnik 109 7. Three Directions 133 8. A Takeoff, an Apogee and a Crash 151 9. Why Not Me? 180 10. Private Lives, Public Games 197 11. Candidacy 222 12. Humors 247 13. Whose Risk Is Riskier? 276 14. The Fischer Factor 301 15. Countdown to Calamity 318 Epilogue: Four Aging Men 335 Appendix A: Chronology, 1929-2016 339 Appendix B: Ratings Comparison 353 Chapter Notes 355 Bibliography 373 Index of Opponents 377 Index of Openings-Traditional Names 379 Index of Openings-ECO Codes 381 General Index 382