Hardback, 240 pages, Russell Publishing 2020
A Remarkable Book by One of the Game’s
Most Creative Minds
Signed, Numbered, Limited Hardcover Edition
A signed and numbered limited hardcover edition will be simultaneously
released. Each book is signed by Igor Zaitsev. There will be only 200 of
these unique collectors’ editions.
Grandmaster Igor Zaitsev ranks as one of the most creative chess minds ever
in the history of the royal game. This is his book of secrets and methods,
his remarkable life’s work.
Zaitsev unearthed astonishing ideas which even giants of the game had
overlooked. World champions Tigran Petrosian and Anatoly Karpov insisted on
Zaitsev’s analytical help in their matches, wanting to be first to play his
profound discoveries, such as the famous Zaitsev Variation of the Ruy
Zaitsev was himself a tournament champion. With his sharp, combinative
style, he won dozens of “Most Beautiful Game” awards. Many of these games
provide context for his lessons.
But Zaitsev is even more than a renowned coach and competitor. Part
analyst, part champion, part chess philosopher, and part chess poet, he
reveals the underlying logic and beauty of chess in a way no one else has
In his eye-opening title chapter, “Attacking the Strongpoint,” Zaitsev
makes explicitly clear a common strategic element never formalized until
this book. Often overlooked by amateurs and even GMs, the idea can lead to
winning tactics in many games!
Backed up by top-level games, Zaitsev also provides deep-level explanations
Combinations and Piece Harmony
Strategy and Structure
Learning from the Cycle of Chess Epochs
The Role of Reason and Judgment
The Chess Law of Conservation of Energy
Strategy: Evolution vs. Revolution, Recognizing a Favorable Structure
As you read Zaitsev, you’ll often find yourself thinking, “Ah, now I get
The volume is topped off by supplemental games, a complete autobiography by
Zaitsev, a special foreword by world champion Garry Kasparov, as well as
tributes and memories from world champion Anatoly Karpov and famed coach
Russian grandmaster Igor Zaitsev is a legendary coach and trainer. He was specifically chosen by world champions Tigran Petrosian and Anatoly Karpov to help guide them on their journey to the top. Zaitsev is one of the most creative opening theoreticians of all time, leaving his brilliant stamp on the Ruy Lopez, the English, the Caro-Kann, to name but a few. Although he has contributed dozens of articles during his illustrious career, this is the first book he has ever written.