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When asked whether his book The Sorcerer's Apprentice should be viewed as a collection of his best games, Bronstein replied: "No - it's a collection of my opponents' worst games. Let me tell you something: I don't like any of my books: The one they all praise, the Zurich book, it's stupid. I didn't actually write it after all. The truth is that Vainshtein wrote it. I only provided the variations and analysis."
Genna Sosonko has written a book about the life and destiny of the great chess player David Bronstein. Bronstein's career peaked in the 1950s, when he faced Botvinnik in the world championship match and nearly defeated him. But this "nearly" inflicted a wound on David so deep that it would not heal for the rest of his life.
Sosonko knew Bronstein well. Their conversations - many of which have made it into this book - not only portray the thoughts and character of one of history's most original grandmasters, but also take us back to a time unlike any other in world history. This is not a biography in the traditional sense of the word. Rather, Sosonko's fascinating book asks eternal questions which don't have neat and simple answers.
"Sosonko is clearly the top chess writer around" - Garry Kasparov
"...he writes beautifully, better than any other person who has written about the chess of the modem era" - Dominic Lawson on Genna Sosonko
Published 2017 (original Russian edition 2014), softback, 271 pages.