- Gebundene Ausgabe: 274 Seiten
- Verlag: Mcfarland & Co Inc (3. Januar 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0786473371
- ISBN-13: 978-0786473373
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 2,5 x 17,8 x 26,7 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 365.716 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Mikhail Botvinnik: The Life and Games of a World Chess Champion (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 3. Januar 2014
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"another Soltis tour-de-force...a fascinating book that is must reading for anyone wishing to learn more about this fascinating figure"--IM John Donaldson (JeremySilman.com); "a fascinating story...a brilliant account, the best book written on Botvinnik by far"--Chess News; "meticulously researched...combines a multitude of Soviet and American sources to paint a rich and detailed picture of one of the game's most enigmatic and powerful players"--Chess Life; "a really excellent read...an interesting and comprehensive account of Botvinnik's life...respect is etched on every page and considerable effort has obviously been made both at the editing and writing stages. Botvinnik himself would surely have nodded approval"--British Chess Magazine; "recommended"--Kingpin Chess Magazine; "Soltis has written another fine book. He makes you aware of Botvinnik's myriad achievements and gives you a good sense of his life and times"--Manchester Chess Federation; "covers more background information on the person Botvinnik, that I ever have ever seen on print before!"--Chessbook Reviews; "Soltis tells a fascinating story...a brilliant account, the best book written on Botvinnik by far"--Huffington Post; "an excellent job...recommended"--Chess Life; "Soltis's best book so far"--Dale Brandreth, Caissa Editions; "Grandmaster Andy Soltis exceeds all expectations in this epic life of chess' most enigmatic world champions. McFarland Publishers have set very high standards in the world of chess publishing with many of their titles winning prestigious book awards. With this new work on Botvinnik, McFarland has again raised the bar for excellence. Soltis presents a wonderful selection of games with stories behind their competitive significance. The games are well analyzed by Soltis. Soltis has written a modern day classic chess biography. Soltis' readable portrait of one the great players of all time, once picked up, is very hard to put back down"--The Birmingham News; "Soltis exceeds all expectations in this epic life of chess most enigmatic world champions. McFarland Publishers have set very high standards in the world of chess publishing with many of their titles winning prestigious book awards. With this new work on Botvinnik, McFarland has again raised the bar for excellence. Soltis has written a modern day classic chess biography. Soltis' readable portrait of one of the great players of all time, once picked up, is very hard to put back down"--al.com.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
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.
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I found Soltis's game comments interesting and enlightening, but, again, if you have read his other books, you know what to expect. His annotations cover the critical points of the game, rather than exhaustive variations. (It does drive me a little crazy when authors such as Soltis append a move like "28 e5!" with an !, when software such as Houdini notice nothing special in such moves -- I don't care that the computer programs don't see anything special in the move, but it would be nice to see an explanation as to why the author does. In Soltis' defense, he generally does, in this book, at some point explain why he gives an ! or ? to a move)
Soltis is one of my favorite chess writers, and he does not disappoint me here.
A perfect biography in the style of Edward Winter would be impeccably sourced, and I would really like to see such a book. But for now, this is an extremely entertaining read, and the physical quality is quite high. (although more typos than one would expect)
Probably the best book on the subject, but still a figure whose career is shrouded in mystery, and will likely remain so.
Production qualities are superb as usual with McFarland publications. I give this book four stars due to it only being an outline (albeit a very good one) of the sixth world champion's life. I would love to have a comprehensive biography of Botvinnik of this quality (a life's work), but for the player not familiar with Botvinnik's life it is a great start.
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