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Centre-Stage and Behind the Scenes,
Titel: Centre-Stage and Behind the Scenes,
Auteur: Averbakh Y.
Uitgever: New in Chess
Jaartal: 2011
Taal: Engels
Aantal pagina's:   268
Verkoopprijs:   Ä 28.90
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One of the most fascinating episodes in chess history is the rise and domination of Soviet chess. It would be hard to find a better qualified authority on this period than Yuri Averbakh, who was part of the successes in the international arena and witnessed the struggles for power behind the scenes.

Averbakh won the USSR championship in 1954 ahead of aces like Kortchnoi, Petrosian and Geller and was a successful grandmaster for several decades. In this personal memoir he looks back on his days as an active player, but also on his experiences as a quintessential insider when chess was considered a vital ingredient of life in the Soviet Union.

Centre-Stage and Behind the Scenes describes the machina­tions of the notorious 'Sports Committee' and offers surpris­ing personal views on Soviet players like Botvinnik, Smyslov, Kortchnoi, Petrosian, Tal and Spassky. Averbakh recalls his dealings with Max Euwe and Bobby Fischer, writes touching portraits of some almost-forgotten masters and offers sharp analyses of 20th century chess politics.

A unique, revealing and at times unsettling story - essential reading for anyone interested in the history of chess and the Soviet Union.

009 Foreword

011 The Beginning

012 A short biographical summary

013 A picture of my early years

015 The First Circle

016 The hero of my childhood

017 In the first class

019 At another school

021 Volleyball and other sports

024 At home, at the pioneer palace, and on the street

026 School

029 How the church of Christ the Saviour was blown up

030 'Moscow, scorched by fire...'

031 First steps in chess

036 In my native Kaluga

039 Not only chess

040 In the Pioneer Palace

041 At university

042 At the start of the war

045 How I became a master

047 A lifelong lesson

048 Up and down

050 First time abroad

050 Soviet sport after the war

053 How the general ran sport

057 Only Chess

058 The problem of choosing

060 At the Candidates' Tournament

062 How I became a journalist

063 The first stage

064 The old guard

070 Stage two

070 Remarkable results

071 The twist of fate

074 The target achieved

076 Last-round paradox

078 Among the Candidates

083 The return visit

084 Practice makes perfect

085 Vicissitudes of fate

085 How the spectators helped me

088 The death of my father

088 A split in the Sports Committee

089 Misfortune in New York

091 Conclusions are drawn

092 Failure in the Championship

093 In jacket and coat

094 How I replaced Tolush

095 Adventures on the train

096 What went on in Belgium

097 At the national championship

098 The 100 metres after the marathon

099 In the role of reserve

100 The world champion's sparring partner

102 Portrait of a champion

104 Botvinnik beats... Beria

105 First alone

108 Five is one too many

110 Adventures in the final round

114 Living questions

116 At home

118 A flu epidemic and the national question

119 A festival of Armenian music

119 An arbiter's mistake and its causes

120 Tal's trainer

123 Not part of the programme

125 The death of 'living chess'

127 In the Lenin goldfields

129 On Curacao

135 Returning home

136 How I became editor

143 Doing communal work

145 At East Station

147 At the Piatigorsky's

148 Garkavy's story

149 Memories of Volodya Simagin

151 My friend Nikolay Glazkov

152 Who informed on me?

155 A change of leadership at FIDE and the rise of Fischer

156 About a chess player's preparation

157 Baturinsky

159 The match Petrosian-Fischer

163 How I was elected in my absence!

166 Before the first victory

168 Drama in Odessa

169 Enemies

171 At the FIDE Congress

174 The battle over Fischer's proposals

175 The Karpov-Kortchnoi match

178 Kortchnoi's defection

179 Criticism by the world champion

180 Two Olympiads

181 The battle around South Africa

182 A conversation with Unzicker

183 Changes to the federation leadership

186 The new FIDE president and his mistakes

189 Campomanes' enterprise

189 My 'political' mistakes

191 Krogius replaces Baturinsky

192 The death of Max Euwe

194 Campomanes becomes FIDE President

195 The story of the 'dubious' names

197 Chess and draughts

199 Smyslov's trainer

200 How the match with HŁbner was saved

204 The battle over the semi-final matches

206 The Manila Congress

209 The London matches

212 The final match in Vilnius

214 The first match between the two K's

217 Campomanes takes centre-stage

218 The view from the stage

220 The second K-K match

221 The battle over the return match dates

222 Kasparov tries to replace Sevastianov and Campomanes

223 The fourth K-K match

224 The K-K rivalry continues

224 The scandal over the Final

227 The story of the charity match

229 Krogius

231 Who judges the judges?

233 Campomanes

236 Chess psychology

239 Big changes

242 Kasparov and Short walk out on FIDE

244 Two matches and two champions

246 Changes in our federation

247 FIDE in crisis

247 Russia to the rescue

248 Records and innovations at the Olympiad

250 What happened at the FIDE Congress?

252 The Battle at Paris

253 Ilyumzhinov becomes the new President of FIDE

256 Conclusion

261 Index of Names

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