Description Grandmaster Joel Benjamin introduces all seventeen World Chess Champions and shows what is important about their style of play and what you can learn from them. He describes both their historical significance and how they inspired his own development as a player. Benjamin presents the most instructive games of each champion. Magic names such as Kasparov, Capablanca, Alekhine, Botvinnik, Tal, and Karpov, they’re all there, up to current World Champion Magnus Carlsen. How do they open the game? How do they develop their pieces? How do they conduct an attack or defend when necessary? Benjamin explains, in words rather than in chess symbols, what is important for your own improvement. Two Americans are included in this highly instructive manual, accessible to every post-beginner. Of course the crystal-clear style of Bobby Fischer, the 11th World Champion, guarantees some very memorable lessons. Additionally, Benjamin has included Paul Morphy. The 19th century chess wizard from New Orleans never held an official title, but was clearly the best of the world during his short but dazzling career. Studying World Champion Chess for Juniors will prove an extremely rewarding experience for ambitious youngsters. Trainers and coaches will find it worthwhile to include the book in their curriculum. The author provides many suggestions for further study. Joel Benjamin won the US Championship three times and has been a trainer for almost three decades. His book Liquidation on the Chess Board won the Best Book Award of the Chess Journalists of America (CJA), and his most recent book Better Thinking, Better Chess is a world-wide bestseller.
Content: 007 Introduction 010 Acknowledgments 011 Chapter 1 The greatest showman: Paul Morphy 021 Chapter 2 The scientist: Wilhelm Steinitz 031 Chapter 3 The pragmatist: Emanuel Lasker 043 Chapter 4 The endgame authority: José Raúl Capablanca 055 Chapter 5 The disciplined attacker: Alexander Alekhine 068 Chapter 6 The professional amateur: Machgielis ‘Max’ Euwe 077 Chapter 7 The master of training: Mikhail Botvinnik 090 Chapter 8 The endgame artist: Vasily Smyslov 102 Chapter 9 The magician: Mikhail Tal 116 Chapter 10 The master strategist: Tigran Petrosian 126 Chapter 11 The natural: Boris Spassky 134 Chapter 12 The master of clarity: Robert James ‘Bobby’ Fischer 150 Chapter 13 The master technician: Anatoly Karpov 166 Chapter 14 The master of complications: Garry Kasparov 181 Chapter 15 The strategic tactician: Vladimir Kramnik 193 Chapter 16 The master of the initiative: Veselin Topalov 203 Chapter 17 The lightning attacker: Viswanathan ‘Vishy’ Anand 214 Chapter 18 The master of everything and nothing: Magnus Carlsen 227 Chapter 19 Who’s the best? 229 Chapter 20 Champions checklist 231 Chapter 21 Tactics quiz 237 Chapter 22 Quiz answers 247 Chapter 23 Glossary 252 Explanation of symbols 253 Index of players 255 Index of openings 256 Bibliography