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Mikhail Chigorin, the Creative Genius: New, Greatly Enlarged Edition – Jimmy Adams

Mikhail Chigorin, the Creative Genius: New, Greatly Enlarged Edition – Jimmy Adams


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Mikhail Chigorin (1850-1908), the father of modern Russian chess, belongs to that special group of exceptionally strong players who never succeeded in winning the World Championship. The defining moment for Chigorin came when he blundered away a winning position in the final game of his second title match against Steinitz.

This book provides a shiny account of the life and times of Mikhail Ivanovich Chigorin: his rise to chess fame after a difficult childhood, his steady commitment to the promotion of the game in 19th-century Russia, his friends and enemies, and his chess exploits in many countries.

Chigorin stays universally admired for his creative and courageous style of play. He always played to win, ideally with dashing attacks. His games consistently featured precise calculation, purposeful manoeuvring, patient exploitation of positional weaknesses, artful defence and even elegant endgame play.

Today Chigorin’s contributions to opening theory stay significant. He was the greatest gambit player of his generation, but it is his pioneering work in the Ruy Lopez, the Queen’s Gambit as well as various King’s Indian formations that has been the most enduring.

Mikhail Chigorin, the Creative Genius is a hugely expanded second edition of the games collection published in 1987 (which had only 292 pages). The biographical material, telling the story of Chigorin’s stormy chess career, now runs to hundreds of pages. Furthermore, 100 extra games have been added, annotated by Chigorin and his contemporaries or more modern grandmasters.

FIDE Master Jimmy Adams is a prolific chess author, who has written, translated and compiled a wide range of books on openings, historical tournaments and legendary players such as  Gyula Breyer: The Chess Revolutionary. From 1991 to 2010 he was the editor of the English magazine CHESS.

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