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Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov, Part 2: 1985-1993 (Everyman Chess) [Abridged, Audiobook, Box set, Illustrated, Large Print] [Hardcover]

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31 Aug 2013 Everyman Chess
Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov: Part II is the second volume in a major three-volume series made unique by the fact that it records the greatest chess battles played by the greatest chessplayer of all-time.

Kasparov s series of historical volumes have received great critical and public acclaim for their rigorous analysis and comprehensive detail regarding the developments in chess that occurred both on and off the board.

Part I of this series saw Kasparov emerging as a huge talent and eventually toppling his great rival Anatoly Karpov to gain the world title. This volume focuses on the period from 1985-1993 which witnessed three title defences against Karpov as well as a number of shorter matches against elite players including Hübner, Anderssen, Timman and Miles.

This period also saw Kasparov achieve spectacular results in both individual and team events. Kasparov won the board gold medal in three Olympiads (Dubai 1986, Thessaloniki 1988 and Manila 1992). The late 1980s also saw the emergence of the World Cup series which Kasparov utterly dominated, finishing either clear first or equal first at Belfort 1988 (11½/15), Reykjavik 1988 (11/17), Barcelona 1989 (11/16) and Skelleftea 1989 (9½/15). Other major tournament victories include Brussels 1987 (8½/11), Amsterdam 1988 (9/12), Tilburg 1989 (12/14), Belgrade 1989 (9½/11) and Linares 1990 (8/11).

During the late 1980s and early 1990s Kasparov emphasized his huge superiority over his rivals. Despite generally adopting an uncompromising, double-edged attacking style he almost never lost. The games in this volume feature many masterpieces of controlled aggression played against the world s absolute best.

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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman Chess (31 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178194024X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781940242
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 16.8 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 281,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Every chess aficionado should own the complete series of recent Kasparov publications: Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors, Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess, and Kasparov on Garry Kasparov. Many, of course, do myself included. The entire series is a miracle of chess passion and erudition and its most recent addition Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov part II: 1985-1993, published by Everyman Chess, is no exception. --Arne Moll, ChessVibes.com

I can confirm the quality is every bit as high as for the previous volumes and one can order with full confidence in this being another modern classic. --Sean Marsh, CHESS magazine

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Garry Kasparov is generally regarded as the greatest chess player ever. He was the thirteenth World Champion, holding the title between 1985 and 2000. His tournament record is second to none, featuring numerous wins in the world's major events, often by substantial margins. As well as his outstanding successes, Kasparov has constantly promoted the game; he has done more than anyone to popularise chess in modern times.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By keithn
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This is another well produced volume from Gary Kasparov's writings. It is the second of three volumes of his games collectons and covers the years from 1985 - after the aborted end of his first match with Karpov - through to 1993 stopping just before the defence of his title against Nigel Short.

We read the story of Kasparov becoming world champion, retaining his title through more matches with Karpov, going through his battles with FIDE and the chess establishment, and his games and tournaments against some of the best players in the world in the immediate pre-computer era.

The book itself is hardback and good quality. The games are well-presented with detailed notes and annotations written in Gary's personal style, clear font and text, and large diagrams. Doubtless the three volumes together will rate amongst the best of the games collections.

But - there is a but - and this is why I have only given it four stars. The book contains 100 games - a nice round number - but 23 of these are from the world championship matches against Karpov and there are five other KvK games from other tournaments.

All 28 games were well covered in Kasparov's brilliant Modern Chess series where he goes through every game he has ever played with his immediate predecessor, and Gary's fans will already have these other books (as I do). To repeat such games, even in an abridged format, seems to me lazy and a waste of space when we could have seen other Kasparov moments of magic and left me feeling rather short changed.

So the book is recommended - with this one criticism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The pick of Kasparov career 19 Dec 2013
By balinar
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Kasparov was the best chessplayer of all the times. This book is on the high level period of his playing. One of the great books in chess
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kasparov's Best Book to Date 9 Oct 2013
By mojojojo50 - Published on Amazon.com
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In this 492 page volume Kasparov wins the world title & has three title defenses with Karpov (4 matches of 24 games in 1985-90)--the greatest ever attacking player vs the greatest ever positional player. The book has sturdy hardcover binding, clear print & diagrams, dense notes(computer verified), 100 games/fragments of K vs the world's elite, 24 openings(helpful explanations for understanding) + ECO codes given with each game, workable game index excellent translation, consistently thorough reference information throughout. K uses a chapter layout, usually built around a single event, eg Linares, matches. His ringside prose introduces each game, commenting on the games importance for his status in the particular event. The Everyman editing staff: details each tournaments full results, quality cross references within notes, added concise quotes from people inside the Kasparov circle to elucidate certain points, and provide quality translation. The layout resembles Keres' game collection; the chess-truth tone of writing reminds me of Botvinnik (K's teacher/mentor); the painstaking notes try to cover every variation resembles Fischer (including corrections of previous commentators). Also, like Fischer there are a couple of losses, several draws, and some 'memorable games' included just for the liveliness of the struggle.

The games are outstanding. Kasparov has been described as a "calculating monster", 'an irristable attacking force'(a typical attack features a pawn sac to access key squares around the opponents king & de-stabilise his defensive harmony). His detailed plans are original, clever, often unique (eg.. vs Seirawan, K plays 6 consecutive Queen moves, Qc2-d1-d4-e5-f4-xf3-f4 which totally neutralises all counterplay). The book shows: him developing endgame & positional knowledge, his immense opening research & structural understanding. The book begins with deep descriptions of training matches to prepare for his world title match -Hubner & Timman are annilated!! This sets the book's main theme his struggle to defeat his eternal opponent,(Karpov).

The book is candid: 1)K likes to eat steak with tonic water before a tournament game, 2)reasoning behind opening selections for certain opponents, 3)appreciative remarks re his KGB handler. K consistently points out his own errors (and those of other annotators). He admits a few personal faults, gripes constantly about Karpov, yet speaks respectfully about other GM's. However, K does not comment on his own well-known history of boardside gamesmanship (smirks, glaring looks, rolling eyes, his nervous giggle when opponents make serious errors--eg Seirawan has described a scene where K had been banging the table/clock so hard that the pieces went flying onto the floor). K does describe a time-scramble with Karpov --where K's black pawn reached d1(an extra black-queen was unavailable, while the arbiter went looking for a queen) - K pressed the clock, then Karpov (in deep time trouble)decided to make a capture on d4, K objected that this was illegal as Karpov's king was already in check from the d1(Q), Karpov responded that he assumed K could intend to promote the d1pawn into a bishop (the arbiter eventually returned with the Q-piece and had to arbitrate the K vs Karpov squabble...

This is the 10th book of the Kasparov's project--Predecessor 1-5 explained whom he learned from, Modern Openings, K vs Karpov1&2, and the 1973-85 collection about the development of his genius. These works all have other previous sources (either GM best game collections for Predecessors or K's earlier 1973-85 book (Test of Time & two 1980's world title books. This volume is project's first truely original book.

Autobiographic portions fit a few pages into each chapter, have a genuine literary undertone. FIRST, is the classic conflict with an eternal rival, who never gives ground + fights every game to the death + springs back for more. The young warrior must continually face self-doubt, fear & exhaustion, then find strength for another struggle to stay on the chess summit. K describes how he & Karpov grow professionally as each adapts for their next 24-game match. SECOND, is a political theme-- the new world champion, K takes on the Soviet chess monolith. He organizes & leads young grandmasters to overthrow the 'old guard'. K becomes head of Soviet Chess Federation. Internationally, he tries to replace FIDE with a players association(GMA). THIRD, as the Soviet system collapses (1989-90), Kasparov sets aside his prep for his final Karpov match, to organize his family's escape from revolutionary Azierbajian. THEN, (after Karpov's final match defeat)on the last page of the book, Kasparov reflects, that he can never return to his boyhood homeland, the GMA has collapsed, the Russian 'old guard' have returned to power and FIDE has stripped Kasparov of his world title (and arranged for Karpov to play Timman for the "official" world title). What a finish!!?
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5.0 out of 5 stars great read 29 Sep 2013
By M. L. Griego - Published on Amazon.com
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Arrived early and in excellent condition. Hubby loves chess and has followed Kasparov for many years to this is a fun read for him.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Wait for Kindle 21 Dec 2013
By Robert Wendel - Published on Amazon.com
Garry was a great chess player and I'd recommend reading his chess games. But wait for the kindle edition else you're just stuffing his political campaign, since he is now a politician not a chess player - so he says.
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