Keres, Paul/ The Road to the Top
Translated by Harry Golombek
Algebraic Classics Series
Series Editor: John Nunn GM
(Batsford, London 1996)
Paperback, 256 Seiten, 275 Diagramme
in englischer Sprache
Paul Keres was one of the greatest players in chess history, and a leading contender for the world championship for a third of a century.
His modesty, honesty and open-minded approach to chess made him popular with chess enthusiasts the world over. These qualities come over supremely well in his writing. He has neither axes to grind nor points to prove; he merely helps the reader understand the secrets of chess.
In this book, the first of two volumes covering his entire career, Keres charts his progress from his early days as a self-taught young talent to the end of the 1940s and his battles for the world title. During these years his play developed considerably, as he honed his flair for wild sacrificial tactics into an elegant, world-beating attacking style.
Foreword by John Nunn ..... 4
Introduction by Paul Keres ..... 5
1. First Steps, 1929-35 ..... 7
2. First International Appearances, 1935-7 ..... 27
3. On the way to the Grandmaster title, 1937-8 ..... 90
4. The Last Pre-War Years, 1939-40 136
5. Tournaments of the War Years, 1942-4 ..... 185
6. Before the World Championship Tournament, 1945-7 ..... 193
7. The World Championship and other Tournaments, 1948-50 ..... 209
Index of Opponents ..... 256
Index of Openings ..... 256