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American Grandmaster

Four Decades of Chess Adventures

268 Seiten, kartoniert, Everyman, 1. Auflage 2008

18,95 €
Inkl. MwSt., zzgl. Versandkosten

Joel Benjamin is one of the most prominent faces in the history of US chess. At thirteen years of age he broke Bobby Fischer’s record as the youngest ever national master, and this was followed by countless tournament successes. Perhaps most famously, in 1997 he hit the headlines when he became the chess consultant for IBM’s Deep Blue computer, which made history by beating World Champion Garry Kasparov in an epic encounter.

In American Grandmaster , Benjamin takes the reader on a journey through chess adventures spanning more than thirty years. Tracing through his own career, from being a prodigy in the ‘Fischer boom’ era thorough to an experienced Grandmaster with many titles, Benjamin is in a unique position to highlight the major changes that have occurred both in US and international chess throughout the last four decades.

This book includes:

  • Instructive annotations of his favourite games

  • Anecdotes and reflections from thirty years of US and worldwide chess events

  • New perspectives on the legendary Kasparov-Deep Blue match

  • Insights into how Grandmasters earn their living

  • A deep look into the current major issues of chess

Joel Benjamin is an American Grandmaster, a 3-time US Champion, 6-time member of the Olympiad team, and was a double gold medallist at the 1993 World Team Championship. In 2007 he plays in his 24th consecutive US Championship, an incredible record that will prove extremely difficult to beat.


Hi, my name is Joel. I'm a forty-three year-old Pisces. I like sports, crossword puz­zles, nature programs, and controlled mating attacks. Welcome to my story.

In the past, when this book was purely hypothetical, I thought a lot about what to include. The games tell much of the story; put in the context of the tourna­ments, they reveal not only my best accomplishments but also my ups and downs, my dreams fulfilled and my hopes dashed. I have sprinkled in a number of my favorite anecdotes (the ones I can tell in the name of decency) and capsule sum­maries of several of my colleagues. People and places made the games worth playing. I hope that I have conveyed the excitement, intensity, frustration, disap­pointment, and joy of being an American chess professional.

It gives me great pleasure (and hopefully some for the readers, too) to recount the "what it was like then", but the "what it is like now" impacts the future of chess in America. In the last section I have described various problems that con­front the current American chess scene. I don't claim to have easy solutions, but bringing the issues to the forefront may help us move in the right direction.

Weitere Informationen
Gewicht 300 g
Hersteller Everyman
Breite 15,2 cm
Höhe 22,9 cm
Medium Buch
Erscheinungsjahr 2008
Autor Joel Benjamin
Sprache Englisch
Auflage 1
ISBN-13 9781857445527
Seiten 268
Einband kartoniert

004 Acknowledgements

005 Introduction

007 1 In the Beginning

009 2 Second Coming...of Bobby?

015 3 Junior Days

027 4 Bright College Years

032 5 Iron Man of the U.S. Championship: 1981-1996

068 6 Team America

204 7 The Circuit

229 8 International Adventures

267 9 Domestic Agenda

180 10 Blue Period

202 11 Second Wind: U.S. Championship 1997-2006

224 12 The World Championship is not Enough

234 13 Feed Your Mind

237 14 Searching for a Film Career

239 15 Teach Your Children Well

245 16 Chess in Retirement

247 17 How I see it: The Current State of Chess in America

265 Index of Opponents