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Speed Demon

For this book, Grandmaster Dmitry Kryakvin has spoken to dozens of people, allowing him to offer a complete picture of Vyzhmanavin's life. The result is a mix of fascinating chess, wonderful anecdotes and some heartbreaking episodes.

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Almost as fascinating as chess is the chess community. In every major city in the world, you're guaranteed to meet interesting people when you walk into a local chess club or chess café. This book pays tribute to one of those characters who gave color to the world of chess, the Russian grandmaster Alexey Vyzhmanavin.

The best chance to run into Vyzhmanavin in the 1980s and early 1990s was at Sokolniki Park in Moscow, playing blitz. You might meet him at the 1992 Chess Olympiad as a member of the winning Russian team. Or in the finals of the PCA speed events of the 1990s, frequently outperforming his illustrious opponents with his fluid and enterprising style. In Moscow in 1994, he reached the semi-finals, narrowly losing to Vladimir Kramnik, after having defeated Alexei Shirov and Viktor Korchnoi. Commenting at a PCA event, Maurice Ashley described Vyzhmanavin in predatory terms: “He is dangerous, looks like a cat, ready to jump. "

For this book, Grandmaster Dmitry Kryakvin has spoken with dozens of people, which has allowed him to offer a complete picture of Vyzhmanavin's life. The result is a mixture of fascinating chess, wonderful anecdotes and some heartbreaking episodes. The stories are complemented by the memories of Vyzmanavin's ex-wife, Lyudmila. They relive his successes but also reveal the dark side of this forgotten chess genius who fought depression and the 'green snake', a Russian euphemism for alcoholism. He died in January 2000 at the age of forty, under circumstances that are still unclear. The stories and games in this book are his legacy.

Dmitry Kryakvin is an International Grandmaster of Russia and an experienced chess coach and author. For New In Chess, he wrote Attacking with g2-g4: The Modern Way to Get the Upper Hand in Chess.

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NC-7185

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Product Type
Paper
Language
English
Theme
Players
Level
Club
Author
Dmitry Kryakvin
No Pages
200
Year published
2023
Measurements
170 x 235mm
ISBN
9789493257818
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