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Tal, Petrosian, Spassky and Korchnoi: A Chess Multibiography with 207 Games Paperback – Import, 21 May 2020
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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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"I have read many fine biographies of these players, but Soltis' approach brings out something extremely interesting that had not earlier become clear to me. ...by comparing the players so explicitly to each other and highlighting their interactions with each other, Soltis helps you understand much better the strain and struggles that even these great players faced in chess. ...Great stuff! ...another wonderful book, once again beautifully produced by McFarland! 5 stars." - New in Chess
"Anyone interested in any of these players or chess in the Soviet era would do well to pick up Soltis' book" - Chess Life
"Arguably the best book Grandmaster Andy Soltis has ever written and considering he is one of the most prolific authors in the history of the game, with close to fifty titles to his name, that is saying something. Soltis does a thorough job throughout, sifting through many sources as evidenced by the numerous footnotes and extensive biography...a wonderful read that will continually fascinate...highly recommended" - IM John Donaldson
"an excellent narrative history of the trials and tirbulations for these four players...his collection of games is interesting and well annotated...heartily recommended." - Mind's Eye Press
"The stories are humorous, enlightening, and entertaining, and brings forth the humanity of the players. This is the soert of biography I know many readers have been waiting for." - ChessCafe.com
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- Publisher : McFarland & Co Inc; Annotated edition (21 May 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 394 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1476683646
- ISBN-13 : 978-1476683645
- Item Weight : 703 g
- Dimensions : 17.78 x 2.01 x 25.4 cm
- Country of Origin : USA
- Best Sellers Rank: #546,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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However, my main criticism is that other than a brief Epilogue and Chronology at the end of the book, THERE IS NO COVERAGE OF THEIR CAREERS POST 1972. This is astonishing considering all four players were a force in the chess world for a least 10 more years, indeed, Korchnoi's career highlights came during this period.
The game analysis is shockingly poorly done. Completely worthless. In this era there is no excuse for not running your book’s analysis through a computer.
For the price of this book I expected a great multi-biography AND great analysis.
This book is terribly disappointing.