In 2013 chess returned to world headlines. The energetic Norwegian prodigy Magnus Carlsen was front page news and his fans were not disappointed: the World Number 1 won the World Championship.
Carlsen’s Assault on the Throne gives an inside view of Carlsen’s dramatic journey: from one of eight challengers in the London Candidates tournament, with the near disaster in the final rounds, ending with triumph in Chennai.
With behind-the-scenes stories and top-level analysis of the games Kotronias & Logothetis have written the ultimate book on how Carlsen became the 16th undisputed World Champion.
Vassilios Kotronias is a grandmaster and nine-time Greek Champion. He is a key member of the Greek team as both a player and coach.
ISBN: 978-1-906552-22-0 - 304 pages - Published 18 December 2013
"Carlsen's Assault on the Throne is a quick and really excellent piece of work. Very impressive."
GM Karsten Mueller
"Kotronias' notes are clear, to the point, and full of energy without being artificially dramatic. I think the balance he strikes is perfect for the reader who is a fan but still wants to learn something."
IM John Watson, The Week in Chess (full review)
"Magnus Carlsen became World Champion on November 22 and less than a month later Carlsen's Assault on the Throne was published. There is a long tradition of 'instant' books on World Championships and few have had any lasting value. This book is on the short list of exceptions as everything from the game analysis, background material and beautiful color photos are first rate."
IM John Donaldson
"Carlsen's Assault on the Throne has much to recommend: insider commentary, deep analysis, and full-color photographs, almost everything you could ask for in a tournament book. Let's hope we see many more like it in the future!
My assessment of this product: 5/6 stars"
Brian Almeida, ChessCafe (full review)
"The London Diaries is a welcome addition to the book. It deals with the Candidates tournament - Carlsen's door to the throne room - and the exciting race with Kramnik, ending in two unlikely defeats in the final round.
All 10 games in the match for the world championship are given the full treatment, with introduction, photos and extensive notes ... all making for an excellent permanent record of the event."
Sean Marsh, CHESS
"Excellent analysis and extensive background reports provide an enjoyable read... Carlsen 's Assault on the Throne is an excellent tournament book about the World Chess Championship 2013 which is on par with Bronstein's Zurich 1953"
Martin Reiger (full review in German)
"A wonderful book... resplendent with many beautiful pictures... a book for chess historians and chess lovers. A new top performance by Quality Chess."
Bab Wilders, Nederlands Dagblad