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Soviet Outcast (pb)

304 pages, paperback, Quality, 1. edition 2020

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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Weight 570 g
Manufacturer Quality
Width 17 cm
Height 24 cm
Medium Book
Year of Publication 2020
Author Grigory Levenfish
Series Chess Classics
Language English
Edition 1
ISBN-13 978-1-78483-085-4
Pages 304
Binding paperback

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 Championshi p

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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