Making fun of Kasparov's chess technique - these guys have cheek!
Over the past few years the great chess player Garry Kasparov has written five best-selling books praising the contributions to chess made by the previous world champions. The series is called ''My Great Predecessors'.
As a reaction to this wonderful series of books, leading chess writer Tibor Károlyi has written this imaginary sixth volume.
In gently humorous – but chessically serious – style, the author imagines Kasparov is annotating over 70 of his own lost games, and blaming all these defeats on the bad influence of each of the previous world champions, providing in-depth analysis to show how he was misled by them.
The book also serves as a highly instructive, practical chess book – to beat Kasparov, the greatest player of all time, took some pretty special chess, and readers will enjoy learning from this.
It is astonishing how the author has managed to find so many games that exhibit uncanny similarities between Kasparov and his predecessors, which makes the content of the book extremely plausible – as if Kasparov himself were writing it.
This is a brilliant and totally original chess book that could only have been written by someone with great knowledge of Kasparov and the past world champions.
Tibor Károlyi is an International Master, former Hungarian champion and Grandmaster chess trainer. He is also a chess writer who regularly contributes to a number of British and European magazines, and is acknowledged as an expert on Kasparov's career. He is the co-author of "Kasparov's Fighting Chess: 1999–2005" and of Endgame Virtuoso Anatoly Karpov, which won The Guardian 2007 Chess Book of the Year Award.
Nick Aplin is a highly respected chess player and writer. He lives in Singapore.