Centre-Stage and Behind the Scenes | The Personal Memoir of a Soviet Chess Legend

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Centre-Stage and Behind the Scenes | The Personal Memoir of a Soviet Chess Legend
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The Personal Memoir of a Soviet Chess Legend


Die Entwicklung des Schachspiels zu Zeiten der Sowjetunion ist faszinierend und Awerbach ist einer der besten Kenner dieser Ära von Botwinnik, Smyslow, Kortschnoi, Petrosjan, Tal und Spassky.


Yuri Awerbach wirft ein Schlaglicht auf die ideologisch forcierte staatliche Förderung der Schacheliten, die in der historischen Auseinandersetzung zwischen Ost und West und in personam zwischen Boris Spassky und Bobby Fischer gipfelte.


Awerbach gewann 1954 die USSR Meisterschaften und war über Jahrzehnte einer der führenden Großmeister der Sowjetunion. Seine Publikationen u.a. beim Sportverlag sind gefragt  bzw. schon nicht mehr zu bekommen, wie zB sein bei Rudi Schmaus verlegter Endspielklassiker "Was Sie schon immer über das Endspiel wissen wollten"  (wird von EuroChess dringend gesucht. Angebote bitte an eurochess@aol.com).


The autobiography of an insider when chess was a vital factor in the USSR One of the most fascinating episodes in chess history is the rise and domination of Soviet chess.


It would be hard to find a better qualified authority on this period than Yuri Averbakh, who was part of the successes in the international arena and witnessed the struggles for power behind the scenes.


Averbakh won the USSR championship in 1954 ahead of aces like Kortchnoi, Petrosian and Geller and was a successful grandmaster for several decades. In this personal memoir he looks back on his days as an active player, but also on his experiences as a quintessential insider when chess was considered a vital ingredient of life in the Soviet Union.


Centre-Stage and Behind the Scenes describes the machinations of the notorious 'Sports Committee' and offers surprising personal views on Soviet players like Botvinnik, Smyslov, Kortchnoi, Petrosian, Tal and Spassky. Averbakh recalls his dealings with Max Euwe and Bobby Fischer, writes touching portraits of some almost-forgotten masters and offers sharp analyses of 20th century chess politics. A unique, revealing and at times unsettling story - essential reading for anyone interested in the history of chess and the Soviet Union.


Yuri Averbakh (1922) is a distinguished Russian chess grandmaster who has enjoyed a long and varied career. He has been a top player, a journalist, an editor, an arbiter, a trainer and a long-time member of the board of the Soviet chess federation. Averbakh won the USSR championship in 1954 and was a leading Soviet grandmaster for two decades.


In this personal memoir he looks back on his days as an active player, but also on his experiences as a quintessential insider when chess was considered a vital ingredient of life in the Soviet Union. Yuri Averbakh, who used to be known as the most powerful man in Soviet chess, is currently the oldest living chess grandmaster in the world.

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Sean Marsh, CHESS Magazine, Best Books of 2011: "A very readable and entertaining account of an extraordinary chess life and one which I will return to many times."

Martin Rieger, Rochade Europa Magazine: "This book guides the reader through decades of important chess events, which will, because of Averbakh's memoirs, possibly be seen in a different light. Personally, I liked the book a lot."

Richard Vedder, Schakers.info: "With nice inside perspectives on the relations between Soviet players: who is quarreling with whom, and who is not?"

James Pratt, British Chess Magazine: "Yuri Lvovich looks back with a health mix of pride, regret, (understandable) caution, delight and interest at a game that has absorbed him since boyhood."

John Henderson, The Scotsman: "A good read and a fascinating insight into the golden age of Soviet Chess."

ChessBase.de: "A very personal autobiography (..) Exciting reading for chess friends who like to know more about chess than just variations.

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Zustand NEU
Produktart Schachbuch
Seitenzahl 275 pages softcover
EAN 9789056913649
ISBN 978-90-5691-364-9
Maße (Länge x Breite) Nein
Gewicht in g 506 g
Sprache Englisch
Autor/en Yuri Averbakh
Herausgegeben 2011
Verlag New In Chess
Lieferzeit 2-3 Tage
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