For the purpose of writing this book I decided to look at all the games Veselin has played from 1995 until the present, as there were many I didn’t know! I must say that, although seeing great moves from a 2800 player sounds normal, it was impossible not to be astonished by some of his games.
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|Author / Authors||Romain Edouard|
|Year of Publication||1st edition 2019|
|Width||17 cm / 6.69 inch|
|Height||23.5 cm / 9.25 inch|
Topalov is one of the kings of practical decisions in chess. He regards chess as more a sport than a science. If he thinks an idea will work over the board, the notion of risk is irrelevant to him. He wants to be on the attack and believes an objectively inferior position isn’t necessarily bad if his opponent needs to find several difficult defensive moves. “If that’s the only move for my opponent, let’s enter the line and see if he sees it!” is his philosophy.
He never liked peace over the board or routine play. The moments where he has refused to repeat moves or has sacrificed something strictly out of intuition are countless. In short, Topalov’s aim has always been to hit hard and bring his own touch to the game, and I think he has succeeded!
004 Key to Symbols
006 Preface by Veselin Topalov
009 Chapter 1 - Topalov: A World Apart
031 Chapter 2 - The Start of Our Cooperation
051 Chapter 3 - Learning the job
085 Chapter 4 - London: first sucess!
111 Chapter 5 - Zug: more success!
147 Chapter 6 - Tough times in Thessaloniki
171 Chapter 7 - Rollercoaster in Beijing!
201 Chapter 8 - Preparing for the Candidates
219 Chapter 9 - The Candidates Tournament
279 Chapter 10 - A Few Novelties More
295 Exercises - Win Like Topalov!