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The Livonian Knight: Selected Games of Alvis Vitolins

Through the analysis of his 25 most memorable matches, this book, first published in Latvia in 2008, explains the legacy of Alvis Vitolins, which includes many sacrifices in the style of his friend Mikhail Tal.

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Alvis Vitolins (1946-1997) was a seven-time chess champion of Latvia, a player with a ferocious attacking style, and one of the game's last true openings innovators in the pre-computer age. He was a world-class blitz player and was a regular blitz sparring-partner of his friend, world champion Mikhail Tal. Vitolins often deployed gambits, and his attack-minded novelties in the Ruy Lopez, Sicilian, Nimzo-Indian and Bogo-Indian set trends that were copied at top-level chess, including in world championship and candidates matches. He gained the International Master title in 1980.

Through an analysis of 25 of his most exciting games, this book, first published in Latvia in 2008, tells the reader of Alvis's chess legacy, which includes many breathtaking Talesque sacrifices. Additional full games and fragments from Vitolins's career are incorporated in the annotations. Opponents include the authors of this book as well as grandmasters Alexei Shirov, Vladimir Bagirov, Vladimir Tukmakov and other stars of Soviet and post-Soviet chess.

The book contains a new foreword specially written for the English edition by Genna Sosonko, who met Vitolins on several occasions.

Product Details
ER-5463

Data sheet

Product Type
Paper
Language
English
Theme
Players
Level
Everyone
Author
Zigurds Lanka and others
No Pages
129
Year published
2021
Measurements
16x23cm
ISBN
978-5604560778
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