Tibor KarolyiThe Making of a ChampionSample pages (pdf)
Anatoly Karpov was World Chess Champion from 1975 to 1985 and is one of the greatest players of all time. In this book Tibor Karolyi focuses on Karpov's prime strength - his unrivalled grasp of strategy.
Volume one of this two volume series contains 76 extensively annotated games illustrating Karpov's profound understanding of positional play. Many of his opponents have been baffled by the profundity of his strategies, but here Karolyi explains Karpov's genius, using a combination of explanation and statistical analysis.
The games are arranged chronologically with annual performance summaries and indexes of opponents and openings making the material easy to follow. Karpov's Strategic Wins 1 features Karpovs most entertaining and instructive strategic wins from 1961-1985, during which time Karpov became World Champion and proved he was a worthy successor to Bobby Fischer's title.
Tibor Karolyi is an International Master from Budapest who was Hungarian Champion in 1984. One of his previous books won the Guardian's Book of the Year prize in 2007. Karolyi coached Peter Leko, who improved in 4 years from promising junior to world class Grandmaster.
Published 2011, softback, 458 pages.
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