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Sergey Karjakin: Best Games

230 pages, paperback, Elk and Ruby, 1. edition 2020

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Sergey Karjakin has consistently been one of the strongest chess players of the early 21st century. World U12 Chess Champion in 2001. The world’s youngest ever grandmaster at the age of 12 in 2003. World Rapid Chess Champion in 2012. World Chess Championship Challenger in 2016, drawing 6-6 in the classical games and just one game away from winning the chess crown from Magnus Carlsen. World Blitz Chess Champion in 2016. Tied for 2nd-3rd place in the 2018 Candidates Tournament.

This best games collection begins with a biographical chapter, discussing the Russian grandmaster’s rise from early childhood to the chess elite. It contains 66 fully annotated games and 9 fragments, illustrating the distinctive feature of Karjakin’s style: a harmonious blend of subtle positional understanding and an acute sense of dynamics. 50 of the games are grouped according to learning themes: direct attack on the king; attack in the center and on the queenside; combined attack on both flanks; opening wins; symmetrical pawn structure in the center; positional sacrifice; defence and counter-attack; and endgames.

The author is a grandmaster and Distinguished Coach of the Russian Federation.

Sergey Karjakin wrote in his foreword: “The annotations are captivating and not overloaded with computer variations; instead, the author provides practical explanations so that the reader can use this games collection to study all three stages of the chess game.&rdquo

Alexander Kalinin, born in 1968 near Moscow, Russia, is a Grandmaster and a distinguished chess trainer. He has coached Daniel Naroditsky (USA) to win the World Youth Championship, European and Russian Women's Champion Grandmaster Valentina Gunina and Olympiad gold medal winner Women’s Grandmaster Olga Girya, among many others. He has previously written a number of books in English and Russian, including on Fabiano Caruana, the Slow Italian Opening, the French Defence, the King’s Indian Defence, the Sicilian Defence and chess learning methods. He has regularly commentated at the annual Moscow Open. Tournament successes include Champion of the Moscow Military Region (1987), and outright or shared winner of a number of international tournaments - Purmerend (Netherlands, 1993), Haarlem (Netherlands, 1993,1994 and1995), Wijk aan Zee master’s tournament, 1996), Leiden (Netherlands, 1997), North Bay (Canada, 1999), and Springfield (USA, 2001).

More Information
Weight 390 g
Manufacturer Elk and Ruby
Width 15,6 cm
Height 23,4 cm
Medium Book
Year of Publication 2020
Author Alexander Kalinin
Language English
Edition 1
ISBN-13 978-5604071083
Pages 230
Binding paperback

004 Index of Games

006 Foreword by Sergey Karjakin

007 Introduction

009 PART ONE: Chess Heroes of the 21st Century

009 The Wonderkid

025 Battles against Grandmasters

029 The Rivalry Begins

031 Storming Mount Olympus

034 The World Championship Match

050 After the Match

053 In the Rhythm of Jazz

067 PART TWO: Sergey Karjakin’s 50 Best Wins

068 Attack on the King

068 Attack on the king in the center

077 Attack with castling on the same side

099 Attack with castling on opposite sides

117 Attack in the Center and on the Queenside

139 Combined Attack on Both Flanks

146 Two Opening Wins

152 Symmetrical Pawn Structure in the Center

164 Positional Sacrifice

177 Defence and Counterattack

194 Endgames

194 Major-piece battles

202 The two bishops: pros and cons

209 Opposite-coloured bishops

222 Rook and knight battles

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