Publisher: Chessgate, 2004, Pages: 176, Paperback
There have been 14 Chess World Champions between the start of the first World Championship match in New York 1886 and the latest in Brissago in Switzerland. That means 14 extraordinary personalities, heroes in the history of chess. Each of them has enriched the game in his own inimitable way and influenced the style of generations. They will all be portrayed in this book, starting with Wilhelm Steinitz, the first World Champion, and going all the way through to Vladimir Kramnik.
We shall meet child prodigies and scientists, artists and eccentrics - all men who devoted themselves to chess passionately and sometimes obsessively. We shall follow these exceptional thinkers
step by step down the paths of their sometimes ill-fated lives. Annotated games and brilliant combinations will remind us of some of the most important moments in their careers.
The second part of the book deals with the exciting autumn in Brissago 2004. All the World Championship games between World Champion Vladimir Kramnik and his challenger Peter Leko are deeply analysed and thoroughly annotated by Grandmasters Artur Yu s upov and Christopher Lutz.
A portrait of the challenger Leko, interviews and tables offer further information about the World Championships of today and yesterday.