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Masterpieces and Dramas of the Soviet Championships: Volume 3 (1948-1953)

The third volume of Sergey Voronkov's epic tale takes the reader on a historical journey through the last Stalinist period in the USSR. It covers in depth the five Soviet championships from 1948 to 1952 and the rematch between Botvinnik and Taimanov in 1953, which concludes a month before Stalin's death.

In a context of rampant anti-Semitism, a new wave of repressions and the descent into the First Cold War, in which chess was a major front, the USSR captured the world chess crown and Botvinnik and the generation that followed him, including Smyslov, Keres, Bronstein and Boleslavsky, asserted their places at the main tables of Soviet and indeed world chess.

Awards for the first volume

  • English Chess Federation Book of the Year 2021.
  • Bronze medal, FIDE book of the year 2020.
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The third volume of Sergey Voronkov's epic tale takes the reader on a historical journey through the last Stalinist period in the USSR. It covers in depth the five Soviet championships from 1948 to 1952 and the rematch between Botvinnik and Taimanov in 1953, which concludes a month before Stalin's death.

In a context of rampant anti-Semitism, a new wave of repressions and the descent into the First Cold War, in which chess was a major front, the USSR captured the world chess crown and Botvinnik and the generation that followed him, including Smyslov, Keres, Bronstein and Boleslavsky, asserted their places at the main tables of Soviet and indeed world chess.

However, a new group of legends begins to emerge, including Petrosian, Geller, Korchnoi, Taimanov, Averbakh, Simagin, Kholmov and Furman making their championship debuts, as well as a semifinal appearance by Nikitin and the first quarterfinal by Spassky. At the same time, the reader learns about the lesser-known masters Yuri Sakharov and Johannes Weltmander, victims of Stalinism who found solace in the chess of their otherwise tragic lives.

This volume contains 77 games and fragments, mostly annotated by the participants and other contemporary masters and with modern computer analyses added to give consistency to the variants. It is illustrated with over 220 photographs and vignettes from the period. Many of these photos come from unique archives, including that of David Bronstein, and are published for the first time.

Product Details
ER-7102

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Product Type
Paper
Language
English
Theme
Historical
Level
Everyone
Author
Sergey Voronkov
No Pages
524
Year published
2022
Measurements
16x23cm
ISBN
9785604469217
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