Since he first burst onto the world chess scene in 1992, displaying a maturity of play far beyond his sixteen years, Vladimir Kramnik has been tipped as a future World Champion. Still only in his mid-twenties, he is now firmly consolidated in the world's top three. He has won numerous tournaments in many countries, and is one of the very few players regularly to hold his own with Kasparov.
This book, Kramnik's first, describes his life and chess career, beginning with his unusual childhood. It features more than 50 of his best games, deeply annotated, plus numerous additional games and game extracts, including some from quickplay and blindfold events.
Co-author Iakov Damsky is an experienced radio and TV commentator and chess author, whose previous publications for Everyman/Cadogan include The Art of Defence in Chess (with Lev Polugayevsky), Attack with Mikhail Tal (with Mikhail Tal), and The Heavy Pieces in Action, all also translated by Ken Neat.
Published by Everyman, 272 pages.