Item description for From London to Elista: The Inside Story of the World Chess Championship Matches that Vladimir Kramnik Won Against Garry Kasparov, Peter Leko, and Veselin Topalov by Evgeny Bareev, Ilya Levitov, Sarah Hurst, Jimmy Adams, Ronnie Casson, Gershon Levi & Cory Doctorow...
In 2000, in London, Vladimir Kramnik caused a sensation by dethroning Garry Kasparov as the reigning world chess champion. Kramnik defended his title successfully in 2004 against Peter Leko. In 2006 in Elista (the capital of the Caucasian republic Kalmykia) Kramnik defeated Veselin Topalov in a match that caused a worldwide scandal because of the accusations of fraud by the Topalov team. This is the inside story written by two confidants and seconds of Vladimir Kramnik. The match strategy, the secrets, the threats, the stress: all twists and turns of top level chess in the pressure cooker of a championship match are revealed in a truly unique document. All the games in all three matches are instructively annotated.
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Studio: New In Chess
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 6.75" Height: 9.25" Weight: 1.75 lbs.
Release Date Jan 15, 2008
Publisher New in Chess
ISBN 9056912194 ISBN13 9789056912192
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More About Evgeny Bareev, Ilya Levitov, Sarah Hurst, Jimmy Adams, Ronnie Casson, Gershon Levi & Cory Doctorow
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Excellent read Apr 20, 2008
From London to Elista: The Inside Story of the World Chess Championship Matches That Vladimir Kramnik Won Against Garry Kasparov, Peter Leko and Vesilin Topalov I found the book to read easily and the material with analysis is very strong.
From London to Elista: The Inside Story of the World Chess Championship Matches That Vladimir Kramnik Won Against Garry Kasparov Apr 20, 2008
After I have seen this book I must say that it is a "must" that anyone should have. It is shameful that somebody that wants to become the undisputed world champion, tries to win it by means that do not belong to the sport. To accuse someone and to have no proof at all of anything, it is only show of seomone who is not capable of getting anything via normal ways. Definitely Kramnik won "EVERY SINGLE POINT" on the chess board. I have seen the San Luis 2005 book, and I would say, that yes it might have some points in which Topalov could have worked on his own before computers were well developed. But, to try to win a WCC match by no sportive means. That's something else!. NO EXCUSE for that!!! I really like the book!
A book that brings joy... Mar 11, 2008
If you are a typical chess amateur like me who loves to read chess books more for the anecdotes, and sort of wishes that the games and analysis would somehow automatically permeate through to my consciousness, then you will love this book.
The stories and accounts are fascinating, Ilya Luvitov in particular asks some very sharp and direct questions and this brings out the best of Bareev. And snippets in between from thoughts of Kramnik and Lautier and the occassional quip from an Kasparov interview keep making the book more colorful.
The games are full of diagrams and there is both sufficient text commentary that you dont need to setup a board and also there is enough analysis to keep one busy if one did get the pieces out !
A book not to be missed, unique amongst all chess books in the way it captures the very heart of the human element of competitive endeavour.
Insight from the champions side of chessboard Jan 28, 2008
First I want to clarify and say that this book deserves its good reputation, and its high selling volume since it first came out is justified. One can enjoy penetrating into thinking process of the skilled chess professionals who had been interviewed from the Kramnik camp, as well as read excripts from the other GMs cited from different sources. Sheer amount of psychology involved into pre-game preparation is puzzling, and drive one to continuously read it. Concreatly, I was more interested into reading details of pre-game preparation process and post-mortem reactions, than of analysis of the games played. Fortunatelly, analysis material of the games is significantly lighter that that of the "San Luis 2005" book, but still it wouldnt mind if some more textual explanation had been added into it, especially at late opening phase mortals nowdays are hard to grasp. From historical perspective this is the book to have on your chess shelf to cover world championship matches starting from 2000 and leading to final unification match in 2006. Recommended.
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