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Soviet Outcast (hc)

304 pages, hardback, Quality, 1. edition 2019

From the series »Chess Classics«

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Grigory Levenfish was twice Soviet Champion and drew a match with the great Botvinnik, yet despite his skills, he was never a favoured son of the Soviet Union. Rejected for selection to key events and the only Soviet grandmaster to be denied a stipend in later life, Levenfish was a Soviet Outcast.

Levenfish describes in vivid detail the atmosphere of pre- and post-revolutionary Russia, giving first-hand impressions of some of the most famous names in early-twentieth-century chess, such as Lasker, Rubinstein, Alekhine and Capablanca - all of whom were personally known to him. Some of the stories stay long in the memory: descriptions of the hardships endured by players in the first USSR Championship that took place in the difficult years of the Civil War; of idyllic trips to the Caucasus and Crimea; of grim struggles for survival in the winter of 1941.

Soviet Outcast comprises Levenfish’s annotations to 79 of his finest games, translated from his Russian autobiography, plus extensive bonus material including several games compiled from other sources, mostly with annotations by Levenfish himself, as well as a 30-page Afterword by GM Jacob Aagaard. This is the first time Levenfish’s memoir has been published in English.
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EAN 9781784830861
Weight 700 g
Manufacturer Quality
Width 17 cm
Height 24 cm
Medium Book
Year of Publication 2019
Author Grigory Levenfish
Series Chess Classics
Language English
Edition 1
ISBN-13 978-1-78483-086-1
Pages 304
Binding hardback
003 Publisher’s Foreword
006 Epigraph & Key to Symbols used
007 Translator’s Preface
009 1. School and Student Years
023 2. The Master Title, Memorable Encounters
024 The Tournament at Carlsbad
046 St Petersburg 1914
053 3. First Tournaments in the Soviet Republic
053 The All-Russia Olympiad
063 Petrograd Championship
066 2nd USSR Championship
079 3rd USSR Championship
082 4th USSR Championship
087 4. The Years 1925-26
087 1st Moscow International 1925
102 8th USSR Championship
109 9th USSR Championship
119 2nd Moscow International 1935
143 3rd Moscow International 1936
163 5. My Best Achievements
163 Tournament with the Participation of Fine
165 10th USSR Championship
177 The Match versus Botvinnik
195 6. The Pre-War Years
196 The Training Tournament
199 11th USSR Championship
201 The Match versus Alatortsev
211 7. The Great Patriotic War
213 8. Some Games of Recent Years
220 Translator’s Postscript
221 Appendix - Additional Games
257 Afterword by Jacob Aagaard - One Hundred Years Later
287 Tournament and Match Record of Grigory Levenfish
289 Crosstables from Key Events
294 Index of Opponents (Levenfish playing White)
296 Index of Opponents (Levenfish playing Black)
298 Selected books authored or edited by Levenfish
299 Name Index
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