Since his announcement of his retirement at Linares 2005 it appears that the Kasparov era has come to an end. For a period of about 20 years Kasparov dominated the chess world and, as with all great champions, he changed the way chess was played and understood during his reign. His willingness to take risks, deep preparation of opening systems, rejuvenation of unpopular lines of play, psychological dominance and use of computers for analysis and preparation are all hallmarks of his reign. His talent for publicity has also benefited the game as a whole.
It is perhaps surrprising then that no collection of his games has appeared since his own "The Test of Time" in 1984 and this book by Slovakian Grandmaster Igor Stohl aims to fill that gap.
In part one of a two part series he has annotated 74 of Kasparov's best games from 1973 to 1993, drawing on a wide variety of sources for his notes including Kasparov's own annotations, up-to-date theoretical knowledge, computer analysis and, of course, his own opinions and ideas. The result is a fascinating work containing insights into Kasparov's personality as well as some of the most beautiful, fighting games of chess ever played. Stohl's annotations are a combination of text and analysis making the book accessible to all readers whatever their strength as a player.
This book and it's companion volume, when published, will surely become "must have" items for all chess enthusiasts.
Published 2005, hardback, 320 pages.View sample pages (pdf)