Chess Duels by Seirawan Compiled by hms Karpov/Seirawan, Roquebrune (rapid), , 53 moves. Ch. 3 Vassily Smyslov Smyslov vs Seirawan, Yasser Seirawan provides a fascinating and highly entertaining account of his games and encounters with the world champions of chess. Chess Duels has 54 ratings and 2 reviews. Four-time US Champion Yasser Seirawan provides a fascinating and highly entertaining account of his games and e.

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ChessBase 15 – Mega package. Find the right combination! The British Chess Magazine has commented:. You can also browse a small part of the book here on Amazon. In the meantime, we are grateful to Yasser Seirawan for sharing with ChessBase readers some insights into how Chess Duels came about. So, over to Yasser …. Two of my top-ten favorite chess books are by Tal: Tal-Botvinnik and Life and Games. I wanted Duels to read like the latter work, a mixture of entertaining stories, reliable annotations and personal accounts which would enthrall readers and leave them thirsting seirwwan more.

In any case, Duels aims to provide a mixture of stories and annotations where — just like seirasan complex, messy game of chess — we experience gusts of rapture and agonies of despair. It is awkward for me — in fact, downright impossible — to provide a brief snapshot of Duels.

Chess Duels: My Games with the World Champions

My choice of an extract for ChessBase readers is prompted by the fact that Anatoly Karpov is making newspaper headlines once again. It would seem appropriate chess pull out something about him from Duels.

A particularly painful one at that. Then comes the game itself shudderfollowed by the resolution of the story.

I was in Spain, perhaps on holiday, became bored and decided on the spur of the moment to drop in on the Linares event. Larry Christiansen and Lubomir Kavalek were participants, so I had chrss to hang around for a chsss days. Larry tied for first place with Anatoly.

The incident I have in mind and I do think it happened in Linares during this particular visit is that we had a bridge game going for very small stakes in Spanish pesetas.

Hardly enough to buy a round of drinks. Larry was my partner and we were playing Kavalek and Karpov. I was the weakest player at the table by far, and Larry would have to carry the team.

Seirawan vs Karpov in ‘Chess Duels’ | ChessBase

Not successfully enough, unfortunately, as Larry and I were being killed. That is, we probably owed two whole rounds of drinks. At a certain moment Lubosh went to the bar for a round of drinks while Anatoly visited the restroom, leaving Larry and me alone.


When they bid the contract, you double, okay? In no time at all Larry had fixed the deck. Larry did it almost instantly. Lubosh returned with drinks and was pleased to discover a very fine hand awaiting his arrival.

I, of course, doubled — for absolutely no reason. The bidding had all been one-sided. In the end, Anatoly played the contract and Lubosh was proud as duesl to show his dummy honors. Well, as luck would have it every aeirawan went against him. Anatoly, bless his heart, cursed with each lost trick. I definitely had the impression that Russian is a rich language in which one can curse really very well. It was quite a treat. Let me get another round Well, Anatoly went down badly, something like four tricks, vulnerable, doubled and redoubled.

When Lubosh returned, Anatoly went into a long-winded explanation of how terrible the hand was. Instead, we quietly continued playing like good Christians. I suspect that single hand may have hcess us to even on the scorecard This chss has a continuation, but let us call it a cliffhanger for the moment.

Every player has had dramatic, painful losses. Most certainly this book contains many of mine, and the following game resonates deeply. To understand why, just think of the following: Then I was comprehensively outplayed and lost. Anatoly slipped twice, allowing me back into the game. I deuls like mad and when on the brink of a draw blundered decisively just before the secondary time-control.

Then, following a two-day adjournment, I studied the position as deeply as I was able, only to discover that seiraean analysis was all a very large pile of seeirawan. It was an exhausting effort for which a big fat zero appeared on the crosstable with no acknowledgment for all my suffering.

To follow this game you can set up a chessboard next to your computer screen — or, more practically, you can use this JavaScript boardwhich can be opened in a separate window and placed beside the text below. Note that you can click on any move or variation in the JavaScript notation and the board will follow.

In the other main line of the Petroff, 3. Such are the vagaries of opening theory. Timman makes a duel observation at this juncture: Nf3 Nf6, and now 5. At the time, all these moves could best be described as main-line theory. Black now has reasonable swirawan such as Bf6, but I was drawn to a far different approach. This was my novelty. It is not the kind of weakening chdss that one should make lightly.


The e5-square is now a permanent hole, but I was attracted to a long-term idea of creating a kingside initiative. An important little move to clarify the situation in the center. Now that the e4-knight is well protected, the c4-pawn was threatened with capture. Qxf1 Bg5 is helpful for Black as he is able to resolve the question of what his b4-knight is doing.

A highly intriguing position occurs after I wanted to play this crazy sacrificial line against someone but never found a victim. Again, it was these types of kingside initiatives that made I have to avoid The text, on the other hand, keeps the central tension alive and forces Black to resolve the situation.

I was still comfortably in my preparation and thought I had found an equalizing solution. The move I expected. Afterwards a good argument was made for Bc1, the idea being to keep the d2-square free for Nf3-d2-e4 and to make the alignment Bc1-b2 and c3-c4 possible, when the dark-squared bishop is well posted deirawan the long diagonal. How far back they go is his choice.

Perhaps it is premature to resolve the tension, as If White continues Bxc4 Bg4, we have transposed into the game where the move I was concerned about A natural move which will give me cause for regret. In a later game, M. That game continued Ng5 to take advantage of my Ree3 is forced Kh1 Rf3, and I went on to win. One can only prepare so much and for so far. Here is where my preparation stopped, as I was satisfied with the position.

How to sum up the opening struggle? White has nice central pawns, good piece development and a safe king. I anticipated being able to complete my development by Qd8-f6, and I could face the future with confidence. I have the potential for a kingside pawn-storm and who knows what dangers may lurk there? Let me just make one further point: Neither before the game nor at the board did this move occur to me.

A kind of blind-spot if you will. While such a maneuver is common in many lines of the Petroff it just failed to register as a possibility.

It really is a very good move because it disrupts my hoped-for kingside initiative and simultaneously makes the hop Nf3-g5 playable. It is what could be described as an irksome move that spoils my hopes of creating an initiative. An over-reaction to the threat of capturing the h5-bishop.