The World Champions I Knew (Paperback)

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    Genna Sosonko lived the first 29 years of his life in Leningrad. He emigrated to Holland in 1972 and was one of the strongest grandmasters in the world. His bestselling book, Russian Silhouettes, was shortlisted for the world’s premier chess book award, the British Chess Federation Book of the Year.
    The legendary chess players that Genna Sosonko brings to life in this new collection of his acclaimed writing have one thing in common: Capablanca, Alekhine, Euwe, Botvinnik, Smyslov, Tal and Petrosian, they were all world champions.

    Sosonko’s riveting portrait of Mikhail Tal, the inimitable Magician from Riga who to this day mesmerizes chess fans all over the world, bears all the hallmarks of the author’s writing. Few if any knew ‘Misha’ Tal as well as his good friend and training partner. Here you get, for the first time, Tal in full: the nonchalant genius, the charming wit, the womanizer, the cult hero and the drug addict.
    Mikhail Tal is only one of the chess greats that Sosonko portrays in this book that brings together his best writings on the World Champions of chess. Two of them he could not possibly have met; his story of Alexander Alekhine is based on new research and his essay on Jose Raul Capablanca on unforgettable meetings with Capa’s widow Olga.

    The other champions Sosonko got to know closely during his wide travels as a chess pro. Countless hours of private conversation as well as research in recently opened KGB archives form the basis of unique portraits of Max Euwe, Mikhail Botvinnik, Vasily Smyslov and Tigran Petrosian.

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    ISBN 9789056914189
    Genre BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Sports
    Format Paperback
    Pages 238
    Publisher Date 2013-06-16 00:00:00.0
    Publisher New in Chess
    Copyright Year 2013
    Height 8.75 in
    Wdth 5.75 in
    Thickness 0.75 in
    Unit weight 0.86 lb
    Language English
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Sosonko, Genna

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