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Four-time US Champion Yasser Seirawan provides a fascinating and highly entertaining account of his games and encounters with the world champions of chess including Garry Kasparov, Anatoly Karpov, Bobby Fischer, Boris Spassky, Tigran Petrosian, Mikhail Tal, Vassily Smyslov, Mikhail Botvinnik and Max Euwe. Having been involved in frequent battles against world champions over a 25-year period, Seirawan is in an ideal position to reveal how it really feels to be facing the legends of the game. He describes and analyzes, in depth, his most memorable encounters - both famous victories and painful defeats, against the best chess players of the last 50 years. During this time Seirawan has also been highly active in off-the-board chess activities. This has brought him into close personal contact with many of these champions. In "Chess Duels: My Games with the World Champions", Seirawan recounts many stories involving these giants of the game - giving an intriguing insight into their personalities away from the board.

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Ce livre s'adresse à des joueurs sachant déjà jouer aux échecs. Yasser Seirawan explique ses parties contre les champions du monde, et ce diagrammes à l'appui. La lecture est facile et agréable, les explications sont claires. La dimension narrative du livre où Seirawan décrit son état d'esprit et le caractère des autres champions est très intéressante.
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HASH(0x91344dec) étoiles sur 5 A Great Book 31 mai 2010
Par Parker Rose - Publié sur
Format: Relié
I initially had some doubts about this book. After all, Seirawan, who was the top American player for so long, played the world champions. "So what?" I thought. Many other players have played many world champions. However, I have also long thought that his game annotations in his books, in his magazine and various other places, were superb, so I thought I'd give it a try.

My reaction? WOW!! What a great book!

First, let's get the games themselves out of the way. Seirawan takes every single game he played in his career against a world champion beginning with Smyslov and right through Kasparov (he did not play Botvinnik or Fischer, although the latter has a special chapter because of Fischer's special place in chess and the special connection Seirawan made with Fischer in 1992).

His annotations are excellent. Usually more explanatory text that dense variations, they can be followed by any player, regardless of strength, and will benefit all. That alone would have made this a great book. But Seirawan did not stop there.

For every champion, the author goes into what I can only describe as a fascinating "story-telling mode." Lest we forget how well respected and well connected Seirawan was/is with his contemporaries, the stories and anecdotes that he relates are wonderful. Each champion is given an extensive introduction and discussion, while the chess politics and other events of the day are also presented to give the reader a complete sense of the not only Seirawan's opponent, but the atmosphere surrounding the games. The tapestry so well woven is a masterpiece.

The result is surely Seirawan's opus magnum, which in fact is saying something, since his works (e.g., the "Winning Chess" series, his book on the Kasparov-Karpov matches, No Regrets, etc., etc.) are already well respected.

The only thing that would have made this outstanding work even better would have been photographs. My guess is that Everyman Chess (the publisher) is not favorably disposed to photographs in their books. Kasparov's famous My Great Predecessors series would also have benefited from photos. Alas, there are none.

Be that as it may, this book should take its place next to classics such as Zurich 1953 by Bronstein and Tal-Botvinnik 1960 by Tal. It is that good. Period.

Well done.

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HASH(0x90f79e58) étoiles sur 5 "...a vast meadow!" 1 juillet 2010
Par TT - Publié sur
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GM Seirawan has given us an epic book. As a high-schooler and B player back in 1984 at the U.S. Open in Berkeley, I had the good fortune of watching Robert Byrne and Yasser during the post-mortem of their drawn game. I was standing around trying to remain attentively inconspicuous when they asked me to grab a chair and analyze with them! Who gives such an opportunity to a young, aspiring tournament player? --Seirawan and Byrne did. Years later in 1999 I saw Seirawan at the FIDE World Championship knock-out tournament in Las Vegas and approached him to thank him for having given me that chance years earlier. To my great surprise, he took me into the players' room and we began looking at rook endgame ideas that he was working on for his then latest book. Kramnik was sitting near us and Nigel Short came up and chatted with Yasser. I was a lowly NM and again was awed by Yasser's warmth and graciousness. I remember him saying to me, "Chess is, lying down in a vast meadow!" This book is entirely reflective of both his love and passion for the game as well as that grace that he had shown me. He creates in this book, the sensation that you are sitting with him at a chessboard, musing over remembrances of past World Champions. There are many anecdotes which will draw smiles from the reader. While the analyses of the games are not Timman-like in depth, there is certainly plenty of analytical red meat for strong players. Additionally, we get the valuable insight of his thought process during each game. On more than one occasion he is wonderfully candid to the point of being self-effacing when he criticizes his own decisions. "What was I thinking?" etc.. This is not exactly the standard self-criticism one often sees from top-flight GMs when analyzing their own games. Yasser is human, and he happily reveals it to the reader. Of course his tournament record against the World Champions is quite impressive. This is what a chess book should be in all facets. Yasser's work is refreshingly insightful and combines incisive analysis with great reflections of the World Champions...and it is all bound by Yasser's great, affable spirit. I really believe this will end up being considered one of the greatest chess books on record! This book is a vast meadow.
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HASH(0x90da2ec4) étoiles sur 5 Great Chess Games and Interesting Chess Stories 1 octobre 2011
Par M. Ararat - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I am glad a chess master of Seirawan caliber decided to write a book on his games with the champions.
If you put together a top GM, a skilled (former chess editor) writer a chess personality, hard work and time the result is this book.
The book is the perfect companion for a chess player. You have the mix of very interesting and insighful chess stories and great chess games.The stories are well elaborate and give you a better understanding of the development of chess in the post Fischer Era. The game are high quality with clear annotations.These combinations make the book perfect for a light read before bed(stories) or as a tool for chess improvement( going over the games in detail).
Seirawan reveals the untold stories ligated to many important chess tournament and matches. The role played by preparation, the strong and weak points of the players as well as the politics behind critical/life changing decisions.

This book belongs to any chess player library. Highly reccomended.

Disclaimer: I am not a professional reviwer and my chess skill level is just over 1900
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HASH(0x90ec275c) étoiles sur 5 Best "annotated games" book ever! 27 mars 2011
Par Zachary Wilson - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Wonder what it's like to play a World Champion? Wonder no longer. Yasser does a fantastic job of presenting his matches against World Champions.

The book is really two books in one!

First: Annotated Games. Let me just say that if you are not a Grand Master yet (smirk) and you would like to improve your playing strength, one of the best ways is to learn from the best. Replaying Master level games and reading their own notes on what they were thinking or what they considered in key positions reveals a great deal about Chess. Unfortunately most annotated games books are boring variations written out like a calculus book! Also, even if you take the painful time of playing out every possible move, if you are not a Master it may not be obvious what is happening. Was there are a threat of fork? Where was the mating attack the author seemed to be worried about? Sac, Sac, Mate is not good annotations if your not familiar with the Sacrifice plan. This is where Yasser shines! His annotations are for the regular man (person)! He is funny and charming. He shares with you in plain talk what he is concerned about and what he is planning. Then when he shares a long variation of possibilities he was concerned with it makes sense becuase you understand the plans for both sides. His annotations are written more like a coach! Very helpful indeed. I would buy any book Yasser produces with annotated games. I have become a better player since reading this book and playing through his games on a board. Thank you Yasser!

Second: Chess stories. If you like TV shows on the history channel or documentaries or even TMZ you'll love this book. Because Chess events are usually weeks or even months long, players often spend a lot of time together. Yasser doesn't "dish the dirt" on anyone. As a gentleman, he shares fun stories that are not embarrasing to anyone but light and fun to read. It's like listening to old friend at the end of the day tell you about his day at work. Many of the stories made me laugh openly. He also shares an inside view of the Chess world. The struggles that FIDE, GMA, and PCA all went through and the process of becoming a Grandmaster and ultimately World Champion. I found it very interesting. I couldn't put it down. I even had to skip playing games in order and just read ahead about Chess History. It is very fascinating.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a interest in Chess and the Professional Chess world. Anyone who wants to be a better player and understand what the masters plans were during a game and not just lenghty unexplained variations. Enjoy
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HASH(0x90abafd8) étoiles sur 5 Fantastic 14 septembre 2013
Par M. A Oberly - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I don't know what I can add to other reviews -- this is a great book, that any chess player or fan will not regret owning.

Yasser is one of the chess world's best, and most unique, writers. His annotations are very personal (you can feel his elation and pain in his comments), and very warm. You can feel his warmth to people in general, and especially to the great chess players.

I love this book because it is also a sort of memoire. Yasser talks about his childhood, and his activities in youth chess, all of which is entertaining and fascinating. But the meat of the book concerns the world champions he faced over the board, and his high level analysis of the games. It is so nice to read his always gentalmanly comments about his opponents, as players, and as human beings. I'm not sure there has ever been such a strong player as Yasser who is also such a polite gentleman.

This book is loaded with great anecdotes about the chess world, with virtually no malice. Along with that, it is loaded with great analysis of top level games. It is a wonderful book. If you were waffling about buying it, I can recommend it without any reservation.
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