(1888-1942), the third world champion, is indelibly inscribed in the annals of chess history.
technique, intuition, remarkably quick calculation, and sense for
elegant combinations made him the paragon of grandmasters during his
At the peak of his career Capablanca was almost
invincible; each of his losses was regarded as a sensation. His books,
articles, and lucid annotations became instant classics.As a
star of the first magnitude, Capablanca continues to influence the world
of chess. All the world champions of the late 20th century – Botvinnik,
Smyslov, Tal, Petrosian, Spassky, Fischer, Karpov, and Kasparov – have
been influenced by Capablanca’s original ideas.Respected Russian
chess historians Isaak and Vladimir Linder cover all aspects of the
great Cuban world champion's life, from his development as chess
prodigy, to becoming world champion and beyond.
archival photographs crosstables and a complete record of Capa's
tournament and match results complement the 87 annotated games and
fragments, the result being a magnificent tribute to one of the greatest
chess players of all time.
Isaak Linder is
regarded as one of the pre-eminent chess historians of the modern era.
He is the author of many books, including the widely acclaimed books in
the World Chess Champions Series.
Vladimir Linder is
one of the best known sport journalists in Russia. He is also the
co-author, with his father Isaak Linder, of many books, including the
widely acclaimed books in the World Chess Champions Series.