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Post  jiri on Tue Oct 23, 2018 4:22 pm



Russian Silhouettes: New Enlarged Edition
Author
Genna Sosonko

https://m.vk.com/doc448674117_479687894?hash=70022bf98c91d5d1af&dl=23e4119a9a57dc1356

The dissolution of the Soviet Union marked the end of a unique chapter in the history of chess. With hindsight we can only marvel at the pivotal place the royal game occupied in the biggest country in the world.

Originally embraced by Lenin as ‘gymnastics of the mind’, chess developed into an ideological weapon during the Cold War. Supported by the Soviet leadership, chess champions, from Mikhail Botvinnik on, grew into symbols of socialist excellence.

As a respected trainer who became a world-class grandmaster after leaving Leningrad and moving to Holland in 1972, Genna Sosonko observes Soviet chess from a privileged dual perspective.

Combining an insider’s nostalgia with the detachment of a critical observer, he has produced unforgettable portraits of the heroes of a vanished age.

This is a new, enlarged edition of a modern classic.

Contents:

A Vanished Age 7

My Misha - Mikhail Tal 20

A Journey to Immortality - Mikhail Botvinnik 31

"I Must Work, I Most Work" - Lev Polugaevsky 57

The Chess King of Odessa - Efim Geller 70

In a Silent Way - Paul Keres 84 (NEW!)

I Knew Capablanca... 98

A Great Teacher Inspires - Vladimir Zak 121

"You Ask the Questions" - Seymon Furman 136

The Maestro - Alexander Koblenz 151

The Jump - Alvis Vitolins 174

The Summing Up - Grigory Levenfish 190


Shortlisted for the BCF Book-of-the-Year Award

Dominic Lawson, The Browser:
"Sosonko writes beautifully, better than any person who has written about the chess of the modern era."

Ian Rogers, The Sun Herald:
“Every word in Russian Silhouettes rings true.”

Hans Ree, ChessCafe:
“The book is marvelously written (…) It is full of striking anecdotes, but they are never there for their own sake; they always serve to enrich the portrait that Sosonko paints.”

Chess Horizons Magazine:
“Sosonko can be rosily nostalgic, yet he can also be bluntly honest about his subjects,
their shortcomings and the era in which they lived.”

British Chess Magazine:
“An enthralling read.”

CHESS Magazine:
“Each character sketch is lovingly crafted (…) It’s an object lesson in cultural history and at the same time a deeply human document.”




https://m.vk.com/doc448674117_479687644?hash=feb76b09a5d8a46443&dl=85433c372429c39d57


The third in a fantastic series that examines famous chess players/personalities from the past (the first two are The Reliable Past and Russian Silhouettes), Smart Chip From St.Petersburg continues to share sometimes poignant and sometimes fascinating information about the lives of men and women that viewed chess as more food or oxygen than mere game.

In this volume, the cast of characters are:

Genrikh Chepukaitis (1935-2004):

"The 1958 Leningrad Blitz Championship was won by Viktor Kortchnoi. Second place was shared by Boris Spassky, Mark Taimanov and a first-category player who had beaten all the grandmasters in individual encounters. The name of this first-category player was Genrikh Chepukaitis, a modest master in classical chess but a true grandmaster in blitz.”

"Once, in a discussion about the constantly shrinking amount of time allocated for thinking, Anatoly Karpov said that we might all end up playing blitz, and then Chepukaitis could become World Champion.”


"Chepukaitis’ split with his wife in November 2003 hit him hard; they had been together for almost thirteen years. After the divorce and her departure overseas, he was back on his own in his small, neglected one-room flat. This dwelling was more like a bivouac, which he used only for sleeping, and once a week his ex-wife’s sisters would stop by to do housework for the single man: some laundry, and they would fill up the empty fridge as he didn’t buy anything for himself.”


Imagine how a prime Chepukaitis would have done on the ICC, playing endless 3-minute games late into the night until he was forced to log off, dress, and trudge to work as the sun came up.

Yakov Neishtadt (at 80):

"When Neishtadt graduated from the Institute of Law in 1951 he didn’t get a job immediately. Opening up his passport and seeing that he was Jewish, the head of the employment department gave it back, shaking his head.”


A very strong player, eventually he became the editor of the famous magazine Chess in the USSR and chief editor of 64. His comment: "I thank fate for making this choice for me.”


In 1992 Neishtadt and his family (which includes two Moscow born cats) moved to Israel. I find his love of animals moving and, I must admit, in my life I rarely befriend anyone who doesn’t worship cats.

"Also in Moscow Yakov Isayevich would go out at night looking in the vacant lot near his home on Tishinskaya square, a place where stray cats and dogs would live, and treat the animals who awaited him to home-made delicacies.”


Ludek Pachman: (1924-2003):

"Pachman’s chess style was characterized by a sophisticated set-up in the opening, a wonderful knowledge of theory, pragmatism, belief in himself, and optimism. He won the Czechoslovak Championship on seven occasions, taking the title for the first time in 1946.”


Like so many of that time, Pachman joined the communist party. Little did he guess that he would eventually become one of its biggest foes!

"The Prague Spring completely changed Pachman’s views. After the occupation of his country by Warsaw Pact forces, he turned into a passionate, tireless, uncompromising campaigner against the new regime. In total he spent eighteen months in prison, which severely damaged him.”

I remember the many articles in Chess Life magazine telling us about Pachman’s fate. One tale that stuck in my young and impressionable mind was a report of him suffering a serious brain injury. The Soviets insisted that, while in prison, he had beaten his own head against the cell wall over and over.

"Ludek Pachman died in Passau, Germany on March 6, 2003. He was a witness to and a participant in events of the last century, which are difficult to compare to any others in world history. He knew many very famous people of the last sixty years of the century and he himself was, without doubt, the most noteworthy personality in the bright world of Czech chess.”


Sosonko also discusses Evgeny Ruban (1941-1997), Ratmir Kholmov (1925-2006),
Irina Levitina (Champion in chess and bridge),
and J.H.Donner (1927-1988).

As you can see from the brief snippets taken from the book, these tales tell us about each individual’s chess adventures as well as other aspects of their lives and, in many cases, deaths. My own short comments show how I easily personalized each man – the human condition is something we all share, and each person holds bits of ourselves in him.

Other Chapters:
 The Morpheus Variation (An article on the importance of sleep to chess professionals. This includes comments by Botvinnik, Spassky, and many others.),
 Killer Instinct
 Genna Adonis, 
The Stairway Of Life
, and Two Against One (Chess and Religion).

Smart Chip From St.Petersburg is yet another masterpiece by Sosonko, and all three of his books should be owned by all true fans of chess.





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The Reliable Past by Genna Sosonko

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The Reliable Past is a sequel to Russian Silhouettes which was a collection of portraits from the Golden Age of Soviet chess. In Silhouettes Sosonko, who left Leningrad to settle in Holland in 1972, described players and other key figures of Soviet chess.

In this book which is a set of articles he wrote for New in Chess Magazine along with some added material, Sosonko writes more about chess in the Soviet Union as well as some of the other great players he came in contact with like Max Euwe, Anthony Miles and Jan Timman.

As Silhouettes, this book is narration only…no games, no diagrams.  But don’t let that stop you! There are18 pages with photos and Sosonko tells stories of the personalities in a manner that makes them seem real.  Like Denker’s The Bobby Fischer I Knew, Sosonko names each chapter with a description of that particular player that describes their personality.  For example, the chapter on Anthony Miles is titled “The Cat That Walked by Himself” and the one on Viktor Korchnoi is titled “Obsession.” Jan Timman is titled "A Born Optimist." Some other players discussed are Salo Flohr and Edward Gufeld. He didn’t seem to care for the latter much.  But then he appears not to be the only one.  Korchnoi once said of Gufeld: "...together with Mr. Sosonko and through his article and this letter I dissociate myself from that tramp".

One chapter describes Anatoly Lutikov, a violent tactician with many victories over the elite of the chess world, who never bothered to study chess and died in poverty. Then, like in Denker’s book, there is a nostalgic look back at the Central Chess Club which was the meeting place of the greats, not-so-greats and just plain weird.

As has been pointed out by several people reviewing this book, Sosonko’s writing is melancholy and pessimistic and he does not appear to have enjoyed is profession as a professional player very much.

Here’s an excerpt from the chapter on Anatoly Lutikov:
..... The last period of his life was a difficult one. Deficiencies, camouflaged in youth by optimism and energy, become more evident in old age. In his case this occurred on the background of a severe, debilitating illness: the sugar content in his blood exceeded all permissible levels. He could no longer drink: his head would begin to swim after the first glass. He could no longer concentrate at the board, and his hands, which previously used to choose the required squares for his pieces, would now dispatch them into premature, cavalier attacks, easily parried by his opponents. Lutikov's attacks on the chess board began more to resemble ventures, the victim of which he became himself."

If you enjoy reading about the great masters of the past then this book is one you won’t want to miss.

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Re: Russian Silhouettes: New Enlarged Edition Author Genna Sosonko

Post  rickystevano on Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:56 pm

thanks, smart chip cant open

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Post  camerasrepairman on Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:07 pm

jiri wrote:

many thanx!!!!

the second one (smart chip) doesn't have public permissions to download it. Smile

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Post  jiri on Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:44 pm

camerasrepairman wrote:
jiri wrote:

many thanx!!!!

the second one (smart chip) doesn't have public permissions to download it. Smile

Unfortunately, no mirror is made,
Copyright, settled the dispute,
Sorry

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Post  camerasrepairman on Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:19 pm

jiri wrote:
camerasrepairman wrote:
jiri wrote:

many thanx!!!!

the second one (smart chip) doesn't have public permissions to download it. Smile

Unfortunately, no mirror is made,
Copyright, settled the dispute,
Sorry

no problem! thanks anyway for all your efforts! I love you

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Post  bishop7 on Wed Oct 24, 2018 12:18 am

thanks jiri

the second book can be downloaded from here

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Post  camerasrepairman on Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:56 am

bishop7 wrote:thanks jiri

the second book can be downloaded from here

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thank you bishop7!!!!

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