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Kupreichik: The Maestro from Minsk

The Life and Games of a Legend
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Utgivelsesdato November 2021
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En herlig innbundet bok om og med 85 kommenterte partier av den sylskarpt spillende sovjetiske og hviterussiske stormesteren Viktor Kupreichik (1949-2017), skrevet av en lang rekke kolleger og andre gode bidragsytere.

Anastasia Sorkina har skrevet forord og Gennadi Sosonko et eget forord for denne engelske utgaven. Richard Palliser er redaktør.

Forlagets egen omtale:

“Playing against him was always interesting: he was an exciting and creative player.” - Anatoly Karpov, 12th world champion

Kupreichik: The Maestro from Minsk features tributes to the legendary attacker from those who regularly faced him at the board, including Alexander Beliavsky, Oleg Romanishin, Evgeny Sveshnikov and Vladimir Tukmakov. Kupreichik also inspired the next generation, as the contributions of Boris Gelfand, Garry Kasparov, Andrey Kovalev and Rauf Mamedov reveal.

Our picture of Viktor Kupreichik is completed by a series of pen portraits from his family, which make clear the kind and principled man this hero of Belarusian chess was, as well as his love for the 64 squares.

Translated by Ken Neat, this work is also a collection of Kupreichik’s best games, many annotated by the man himself. His wins over Tal and Zilbershtein are legendary examples of the power of a knight sacrifice on d5 in the Open Sicilian. Inside you will learn not just about handling Kupreichik’s favourite Classical Sicilian, Slav and King’s Indian, but attacking and sacrificial chess in general. Readers even have the chance to solve 26 positions and so play like Kupreichik!

Viktor Kupreichik (1949-2017) was a leading Soviet Grandmaster in the 1970s and 1980s, famed for his attacking prowess. He twice won a staggering five games in a row at the super-strong USSR Championship. A former world student champion, Kupreichik won many tournaments, including the Masters section at Wijk aan Zee in 1977 and the Hastings Premier of 1981/82.

with forewords by Anastasia Sorkina and Genna Sosonko

Fra Sosonkos forord til den engelske utgaven:

Throughout practically its entire existence, the Soviet Union was cut off from the West. The closed nature of this society, the isolation of it from the free world, was mainly the reason for the creation of an entire cultural stratum – the enormous world of Soviet chess. The names of Botvinnik, Smyslov, Tal, Petrosian, Spassky, Karpov, Kasparov, Korchnoi, Geller and Polugaevsky were known by everyone in the country, and they were no less popular than film stars. But behind this cohort of champions, there were numerous very strong grandmasters, who were hardly known in the West. One of these was Viktor Kupreichik, whose almost entire career fell within the period of that enormous now non-existent empire.

Kupreichik also played on the stages of packed concert halls and theatres, and numerous fans, with bated breath, followed his stunning games. A master of attack, he demonstrated play that you rarely see nowadays. Even today when playing over many games by Minsk’s favourite, an expression of Tal’s comes to mind – “tasty chess”.

Memories of him have been written by world champions, trainers, colleagues, friends and Viktor’s pupils. They all remember not only a wonderful chess player, but also an extraordinary personality. Even in the world of Soviet chess, Viktor was distinguished by his independence. Mikhail Tal, Viktor’s idol, once said that his favourite squares on the chess board were d5 and f5. Viktor, who was similar to Tal not only in his constant striving forthe initiative, but also the incredible boldness of his play, repeatedly placed his pieces en prise too on these very squares. And his most brilliant firework display began with a knight sacrifice on d5 in a game with Tal himself.

Viktor Kupreichik belongs to the category of player who is highly appreciated by the professionals of the game. They knew that one always had to be wary of him, because when he was on form no one could withstand the pressure of his imaginative ideas. On opening this book, you will also have the opportunity to become acquainted with the play of one such remarkable player.

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Innbundet? Ja
Type Bok
Språk Engelsk
Antall sider 325