José Raúl Capablanca
272 pages, paperback, Russel, 2010
The name of José Raul Capablanca (1888-1942), the third world chess champion, is indelibly inscribed in the annals of chess history. Capablanca's technique, intuition, remarkably quick calculation, and sense for elegant combinations made him the paragon of grandmasters during his lifetime. At the peak of his career Capablanca was almost invincible; each of his losses was regarded as a sensation. His books, articles, and lucid annotations became instant classics.
As a star of the first magnitude, Capablanca continues to influence the world of chess. All the world champions of the late 20th century - Botvinnik, Smyslov, Tal, Petrosian, Spassky, Fischer, Karpov, and Kasparov - have been influenced by Capablanca's original ideas.
Respected Russian chess historians Isaak and Vladimir Linder cover all aspects of the great Cuban world champion's life, from his development as a chess prodigy, to becoming world champion and beyond. Dozens of archival photographs, crosstables and a complete record of Capa's tournament and match results complement the 87 annotated games and fragments, the result being a magnificent tribute to one of the greatest chessplayers of all time.
007 Chapter One: "Viva Capablanca!"
040 Chapter Two: Challenger Number One
079 Chapter Three: On Mt. Olympus
142 Chapter Four: Match of the Titans
167 Chapter Five: In the Hope of Recovering the Title
193 Chapter Six: Regaining His Former Strength
234 Chapter Seven: Capablanca's Place in Chess History
249 Capablanca's Match Record
250 Capablanca's Tournament Record
252 Tournament Crosstables
265 Player Index
267 Opening Index