How Carlsen beat Kasparov's Record
In December 2012 Magnus Carlsen won the prestigious London Chess Classic and in doing so he became the highest-rated chess player in the history of the game, beating Garry Kasparov's 13-year-old record. Carlsen followed up this performance with another phenomenal tournament win at Wijk aan Zee, pushing his peak rating to an astronomical 2872. He didn't lose a single game in either tournament.
What is Carlsen's secret? How did an already world-class player succeed in reaching this unprecedented level where he was regularly beating the world's strongest grandmasters?
In this book, International Master Colin Crouch provides answers to these questions. Crouch studies Carlsen's games from the London Classic 2012 and Wijk aan Zee 2013 and demonstrates how he learned lessons from previous setbacks, turned weaknesses into strengths, losses into draws and draws into wins.
The first chapter looks at some of Carlsen's losses from the period 2010 to 2012, showing the kind of misjudgements which even top Grandmasters can make and explaining the thinking behind them. The following chapters include all Carlsen's games from the London Classic 2012 and Wijk aan Zee 2013, with extensive commentary and explanation from Crouch.
Magnus Carlsen has been able to elevate his play to a stratospheric level, but any aspiring chess player can use similar methods to his to improve their own game.
Colin Crouch is an International Master and both an experienced tournament player and author.
Published 2013, softback, 286 pages.View sample pages (pdf)