His father was Syrian and his mother an English nurse from Nottingham , where he spent some time in his early childhood. At 19 he won the World Junior Chess Championship. He also won a game against Viktor Korchnoi , who had two years before narrowly lost a match for the world championship. Impressed, Viktor then invited Seirawan to Switzerland, where Korchnoi was training for his world title match against Anatoly Karpov. For twelve years he was the chief editor of the Inside Chess magazine.
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You can also browse a small part of the book here on Amazon. In the meantime, we are grateful to Yasser Seirawan for sharing with ChessBase readers some insights into how Chess Duels came about. I wanted Duels to read like the latter work, a mixture of entertaining stories, reliable annotations and personal accounts which would enthrall readers and leave them thirsting for more. In any case, Duels aims to provide a mixture of stories and annotations where — just like a complex, messy game of chess — we experience gusts of rapture and agonies of despair.
It is awkward for me — in fact, downright impossible — to provide a brief snapshot of Duels. It would seem appropriate to pull out something about him from Duels. A particularly painful one at that. Then comes the game itself shudder , followed by the resolution of the story. GM Yasser Seirawan From pages Chapter 7 Anatoly Karpov I was in Spain, perhaps on holiday, became bored and decided on the spur of the moment to drop in on the Linares event. Larry Christiansen and Lubomir Kavalek were participants, so I had reason to hang around for a few days.
Larry tied for first place with Anatoly. The incident I have in mind and I do think it happened in Linares during this particular visit is that we had a bridge game going for very small stakes in Spanish pesetas. Hardly enough to buy a round of drinks. Larry was my partner and we were playing Kavalek and Karpov. I was the weakest player at the table by far, and Larry would have to carry the team.
Not successfully enough, unfortunately, as Larry and I were being killed. That is, we probably owed two whole rounds of drinks. At a certain moment Lubosh went to the bar for a round of drinks while Anatoly visited the restroom, leaving Larry and me alone.
When they bid the contract, you double, okay? In no time at all Larry had fixed the deck. Larry did it almost instantly. Was he practiced? Lubosh returned with drinks and was pleased to discover a very fine hand awaiting his arrival. I, of course, doubled — for absolutely no reason.
The bidding had all been one-sided. In the end, Anatoly played the contract and Lubosh was proud as punch to show his dummy honors. Well, as luck would have it every finesse went against him. Anatoly, bless his heart, cursed with each lost trick.
I definitely had the impression that Russian is a rich language in which one can curse really very well. It was quite a treat.
Let me get another round Well, Anatoly went down badly, something like four tricks, vulnerable, doubled and redoubled. When Lubosh returned, Anatoly went into a long-winded explanation of how terrible the hand was.
Instead, we quietly continued playing like good Christians. I suspect that single hand may have brought us to even on the scorecard This story has a continuation, but let us call it a cliffhanger for the moment.
From pages Chapter 9 Anatoly Karpov Post Every player has had dramatic, painful losses. Most certainly this book contains many of mine, and the following game resonates deeply. To understand why, just think of the following: it was a big game and I had built myself up for it, preparing at some length; Anatoly fell right into my preparation. Then I was comprehensively outplayed and lost. Anatoly slipped twice, allowing me back into the game.
I struggled like mad and when on the brink of a draw blundered decisively just before the secondary time-control. Then, following a two-day adjournment, I studied the position as deeply as I was able, only to discover that my analysis was all a very large pile of manure. It was an exhausting effort for which a big fat zero appeared on the crosstable with no acknowledgment for all my suffering.
This was my novelty. It is not the kind of weakening move that one should make lightly. The e5-square is now a permanent hole, but I was attracted to a long-term idea of creating a kingside initiative. An important little move to clarify the situation in the center.
Now that the e4-knight is well protected, the c4-pawn was threatened with capture. The trade Nxd5 Nxe4 fxe4 Ne5 Nxe3 Qxf1 Bg5 is helpful for Black as he is able to resolve the question of what his b4-knight is doing.
A highly intriguing position occurs after Bc1 Nc6 Qb3 Ng5 Rd1 Qd7 Bxf3 Rab8 Qa6 Bf6 Ne2 g5 I wanted to play this crazy sacrificial line against someone but never found a victim. Again, it was these types of kingside initiatives that made Nxc3 I have to avoid Nxd5 Bxd5 Bxf3 f4!
Bc1 Nxd4 Rb1 Bc5! The text, on the other hand, keeps the central tension alive and forces Black to resolve the situation. I was still comfortably in my preparation and thought I had found an equalizing solution.
Bd2 The move I expected. Afterwards a good argument was made for Bc1, the idea being to keep the d2-square free for Nf3-d2-e4 and to make the alignment Bc1-b2 and c3-c4 possible, when the dark-squared bishop is well posted on the long diagonal. How far back they go is his choice. Kh8 Rab1 Rb8 Rfe1 dxc4 Perhaps it is premature to resolve the tension, as If White continues Bxc4 Bg4, we have transposed into the game where the move I was concerned about Bxc4 Bg4 Be2 Bd6 A natural move which will give me cause for regret.
In a later game, M. That game continued
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You can also browse a small part of the book here on Amazon. In the meantime, we are grateful to Yasser Seirawan for sharing with ChessBase readers some insights into how Chess Duels came about. I wanted Duels to read like the latter work, a mixture of entertaining stories, reliable annotations and personal accounts which would enthrall readers and leave them thirsting for more. In any case, Duels aims to provide a mixture of stories and annotations where — just like a complex, messy game of chess — we experience gusts of rapture and agonies of despair. It is awkward for me — in fact, downright impossible — to provide a brief snapshot of Duels. It would seem appropriate to pull out something about him from Duels. A particularly painful one at that.