Publisher: Ishi Press
Author: David N. L. Levy
Year of Publication: 2009
Notation Type: Figurine (FAN)
Viktor Lvovich Korchnoi, one of the world's two leading chess players and five times candidate for the World Championship, defected from the Soviet Union in 1976 at the age of forty-five and now lives in Switzerland. Describing Korchnoi in his introduction to this book, International Master Bill Hartston writes: '... Korchnoi is unique. When he sits down to a game, he brings to bear a combination of concentration, determination, and energy which no other grandmaster can match.' Korchnoi's style of play is of immense interest to spectators and chess enthusiasts because of his great fighting spirit and his frequent battles against the chess clock.
Korchnoi's Chess Games comprises almost 1700 games played up to the beginning of 1978 and is the most comprehensive and systematic collection of this great player's games ever to be published. The editors have included every available tournament and match game played by Korchnoi since 1945, and there are a number of miscellaneous games from blitz tournaments and simultaneous exhibitions.
With the exception of the introduction, which is reproduced in a number of major languages, the entire work is languageless. The games are given in figurine algebraic notation of the form accepted by the International Chess Federation, with internationally accepted symbols being used for annotation. The annotations themselves are by a host of International Grandmasters and Masters. Korchnoi's Chess Games should take its rightful place on the bookshelves of every chess fan. With such a wealth of highly original games, this book will provide almost unlimited entertainment and instruction for chess players of any strength.
About the Author(s)David Levy is one of the world's leading authorities on computer chess and is author of Chess and Computers, More Chess and Computers and the Chess Computer Handbook. He is an International Master of the World Chess Federation and President of the International Computer Chess Association. David Levy's earlier introduction to computer chess was well-received by reviewers.