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Tal, Petrosian, Spassky and Korchnoi

A Chess Multibiography with 207 Games

388 pages, library binding, McFarland, 1. edition 2019.

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This book describes the intense rivalry-and collaboration-of the four players who created the golden era when USSR chess players dominated the world. More than 200 annotated games are included, along with personal details-many for the first time in English.

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).

Language English
Author Soltis, Andrew
Publisher McFarland
Edition 1.
Medium Book
Weight 880 g
Width 17.8 cm
Height 25.4 cm
Pages 388
ISBN-13 978-1-4766-7146-8
Year of Publication 2019
Binding library binding

001 Preface

005 Introduction: The Soviet Team of Rivals

015 1. Four Boys

043 2. Growing Pains

062 3. Overkill

079 4. Culture War

093 5. Spassky, Spassky, Spassky!

109 6. Volshebnik

133 7. Three Directions

151 8. A Takeoff, an Apogee and a Crash

180 9. Why Not Me?

197 10. Private Lives, Public Games

222 11. Candidacy

247 12. Humors

276 13. Whose Risk Is Riskier?

301 14. The Fischer Factor

318 15. Countdown to Calamity

335 Epilogue: Four Aging Men

339 Appendix A: Chronology, 1929-2016

353 Appendix B: Ratings Comparison

355 Chapter Notes

373 Bibliography

377 Index of Opponents

379 Index of Openings - Traditional Names

381 Index of Openings - ECO Codes

382 General Index

Tal, Petrosian, Spassky and Korchnoi