Sergey Karjakin is one of the strongest chess players of the early 21st century. U12 world champion in 2001. The world's youngest grandmaster at the age of 12 in 2003. World speed chess champion in 2012. Challenger of the World Chess Championship in 2016, drawing 6-6 in classic games and only one game away from snatching the chess crown from Magnus Carlsen. Blitz world champion in 2016. Tied for second and third place in the 2018 Candidates Tournament.
This collection of his best games begins with a biographical chapter that analyzes the rise of the Russian grandmaster from his childhood to the chess elite. It contains 66 fully annotated pieces and 9 fragments, illustrating the distinctive characteristic of Karjakin's style: a harmonious combination of subtle positional comprehension and a keen sense of dynamics.
50 of the games are grouped by learning themes: direct attack to the king; attack through the center and on the queen's flank; combined attack from both flanks; opening wins; symmetrical pawn structure in the center; positional sacrifice; defense and counterattack; and finals.
The author is a Grandmaster and Distinguished Coach of the Russian Federation.
Sergey Karjakin writes in the prologue: “The comeniums are captivating and are not overloaded with computer variants; instead, the author provides practical explanations so that the reader can use this collection of games to study the three stages of the chess game”.