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The Livonian Knight

Selected Games of Alvis Vitolins

129 pages, paperback, Elk and Ruby, 1. edition 2021, original edition 2008

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Alvis Vitolins (1946-1997) was a seven-time chess champion of Latvia, a player with a ferocious attacking style, and one of the game’s last true openings innovators in the pre-computer age. He was a world-class blitz player and was a regular blitz sparring-partner of his friend, world champion Mikhail Tal. Vitolins often deployed gambits, and his attack-minded novelties in the Ruy Lopez, Sicilian, Nimzo-Indian and Bogo-Indian set trends that were copied at top-level chess, including in world championship and candidates matches. He gained the International Master title in 1980.

Through an analysis of 25 of his most exciting games, this book, first published in Latvia in 2008, tells the reader of Alvis’s chess legacy, which includes many breathtaking Talesque sacrifices. Additional full games and fragments from Vitolins’s career are incorporated in the annotations. Opponents include the authors of this book as well as grandmasters Alexei Shirov, Vladimir Bagirov, Vladimir Tukmakov and other stars of Soviet and post-Soviet chess.

The book contains a new foreword specially written for the English edition by Genna Sosonko, who met Vitolins on several occasions.

More Information
Weight 210 g
Manufacturer Elk and Ruby
Width 15,5 cm
Height 23,5 cm
Medium Book
Year of Publication 2021
Author Janis VitomskisZigurds LankaEdvins KengisJanis Klovans
Language English
Edition 1
ISBN-13 978-5-6045607-7-8
Year of Original Version 2008
Pages 129
Binding paperback

004 Index of Games

005 Foreword to the English edition – True chess has no limits!

008 Foreword by the Authors

010 Introduction – An Innovator and Pioneer

017 Chapter 1: Wedge in the Center of the Board

024 Chapter 2: Is It Always Safe to Castle?

030 Chapter 3: A New Instrument

037 Chapter 4: Central Pawn as a Gift

050 Chapter 5: Raging Bishops

061 Chapter 6: Vitolins Versus Fischer

071 Chapter 7: Labyrinths of the Najdorf Sicilian

080 Chapter 8: The Spanish School

090 Chapter 9: Strategic Lessons

107 Chapter 10: The Nimzowitsch-Vitolins Gambit

125 Appendix I: Alvis Vitolins’s Tournament Results

126 Appendix II: Tournament Tables

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