Despite his relatively young age, Magnus Carlsen has already secured his place in chess history as a legend of the game. In a short space of time, his accomplishments have been extraordinary. In December 2012 he broke Garry Kasparov’s record to become the highest-rated chess player of all time and in 2013 he defeated Vishy Anand to become the World Chess Champion. Carlsen’s universal style, positional mastery and incredible mental strength add up to make him a formidable opponent.
In this book, former American Open Champion Cyrus Lakdawala invites you to join him in a study of his favourite Carlsen games. Lakdawala examines Carlsen’s skills in attack and defence, exploiting imbalances, accumulating advantages and endgame play, and shows us how we can all improve by learning from Carlsen’s masterpieces.
By continually challenging the reader to answer probing questions throughout the book, the Move by Move format greatly encourages the learning and practising of vital skills just as much as the traditional assimilation of knowledge. Carefully selected questions and answers are designed to keep you actively involved and allow you to monitor your progress as you learn.
Who should read this book?
This book is aimed at those interested in the matches and games of Carlsen and is especially recommended for tournament players and above.