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A.Kuzmin - Together with the Candidates: from Budapest 1950 until Berlin 2018 - Elite games, Tests and History

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The author

Grandmaster Alexey Kuzmin has been working as a professional coach more than 30 year. He was second of the 12th World Champion Anatoly Karpov during the years of his struggle against Garry Kasparov (1987-1991).

Since 1992 he was the appraised coach of the Qatar national team. In the period from 2006 until 2015, he worked as a second of GM Alexander Morozevich, the candidate to the World Championship’s title.

Table of contents

Chapter 1 – Through the Pages of History

Chapter 2 – Tests for Grandmasters

Chapter 3 – When the Opponent Attacks

Chapter 4 – Strategy in Action

Chapter 5 – Kaleidoscope of Tasks 

Chapter 6 – The Primary School 

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The book Together with the Candidates that you are holding is firstly a book of tests with their solutions, given in the format of game fragments with detailed comments. All the tasks in this book have been taken from games of the Candidates competitions. They differ very much in their degree of complexity. I hope this will allow a wide circle of readers to find the tests corresponding to their own chess level here.

The first chapter is a presentation of the history of all the Candidates tournaments and matches. The chapters “Tests for Grandmasters” and “When the Opponent Attacks” have collected the most difficult tests, each one being a hard nut to crack. The tests of the fourth and the fifth chapters are considerably simpler, and the tests from the sixth and final chapter, “The Primary School”, could be a walk in the park for experienced players. The third and the fourth chapters, “When the Opponent Attacks” and “Strategy in Action”, are characterized by a thematic selection of the tests. In the third chapter you have to try to discover the opponent’s threats and plans, to refute them or at least to disarm them. This is one of the most difficult practical tasks that a chess player faces in a game. The title of the fourth one speaks for itself. Relatively easy tests where you should make correct strategic decisions have been gathered here. I suggest that when solving the tests you imagine yourselves between the participants in the Candidates competitions, to see the chessboard through their eyes.

Together with the Candidates you should think over the crucial positions, feel the fighting tension and, the most important thing, try to make the right decisions. However if the first component of this book is definitely training, the second one is likely to be called aesthetic or even nostalgic. I remind readers of the great tournaments and matches of yesteryear, dramatic turns of fighting and key moments from the brightest games played there. Of course not all the famous combinations have been included in the book. Some of them, realized already in the initial stage of a game, became a part of opening theory, and some of them were simply not convenient for the tests’ format. That is why the book Together with the Candidates is not a book of the best games of the Candidates tournaments.

Personally, I love examining cross-tables of the old tournaments. I had been following some of these tournaments in my school and student years, and some of them my dad told me about… That is why I have included the cross-tables of the Candidates tournaments for their entire history of almost 70 years. I hope that this book will be useful for improving chess players and their coaches. Perhaps it will also stimulate the interest of chess lovers wishing to relive the history of the Candidates battles. I think the individual test solutions will be useful for your improvement, and looking through the detailed comments of these solutions will give you aesthetic pleasure. 

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