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Vladimir Kramnik – new book and excerpt

A new book we have on the way is Vladimir Kramnik – The Inside Story of a Chess Genius by Carsten Hensel. The title describes the content well, but to add a little, Carsten Hensel was Kramnik’s manager for many years, so this biography really is the inside story of Kramnik’s life and career. Since you are reading a chess blog, I am sure you know there have been plenty of dramatic matches in Kramnik’s career: Kasparov, Leko, Topalov and Anand. This book takes the reader behind the scenes with Team Kramnik.

The book was originally published in German, so ours is an English translation with, I would claim, many improvements and updates. We have created an excerpt. Please note the colour photos – 16 pages of them in total. This book will be published in hardcover on November 14th.

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  1. JB
    October 30th, 2018 at 15:49 | #1

    That was a Halloween surprise! Hope the full colour spread doesn’t feature the famous Toiletgate WC up close

  2. Andrew Greet
    October 30th, 2018 at 16:03 | #2

    “The Inside Story” mainly refers to the world championship bathrooms, obviously.

  3. TonyRo
    October 30th, 2018 at 16:04 | #3

    This will be an interesting read for sure, can’t wait to grab this one! Thanks for a nice surprise QC! I suspect that if you asked for a title from your readers for a Kramnik book, the results would have been incredible. 😉

  4. Paul H
    October 30th, 2018 at 16:07 | #4

    @Andrew Greet
    This was already announced in the catalogue. I guessed the Anand one in the other thread as it seemed more directly related to a world championship match from the catalogue.

  5. Andrew Greet
    October 30th, 2018 at 16:13 | #5

    @Paul H
    Ah, I’d forgotten that we’d put it in the catalogue. At least by accidentally lying, I was able to halt the avalanche of guesses in the comments!

  6. Thomas
    October 30th, 2018 at 16:19 | #6

    Can you say some more words about the “many improvements and updates” on the original german version?

  7. John Shaw
    October 30th, 2018 at 16:39 | #7


    The improvements I had in mind were mainly in chess, where we corrected some slips. There will be style differences in language between the German and English versions, but no doubt it’s a matter of taste which one you prefer. Updates are minor: things that have happened in the chess world (e.g the 2018 Candidates) since the German edition was finished.

    For all that, I am not making a hard sales pitch to German speakers who have already read the German edition. The English version will be broadly familiar to you already.

  8. Le Bruit Qui Court
    October 30th, 2018 at 16:51 | #8

    Are you preparing something like “Kramnik’s Best Games”?

    Genius like Kramnik doesn’t have game collection book, very very sadly…

  9. Paul H
    October 30th, 2018 at 16:57 | #9

    @Le Bruit Qui Court
    He does but it’s very old. I think you suggested a Karpov/Tal compendium a while ago. This was the best new book suggestion I’ve seen on this blog!

  10. Jacob Aagaard
    October 30th, 2018 at 17:15 | #10

    @Paul H
    I am offended. I think my GM Preparation series was the best suggestion!

  11. Mehmet
    October 30th, 2018 at 18:26 | #11

    Seems good.The first must buy book for a long time.

  12. Ricardo López
    October 30th, 2018 at 20:55 | #12

    A surprise, but a very welcome one!! As always, top notch work on QC.

  13. Ray
    October 31st, 2018 at 07:44 | #13

    I’m also looking forward to this one! As a general remark, I think it’s a pity nowaday’s top players hardly seem to write books anymore on their own games, with their own analysis. E.g., it’s all well that Kalinin wrote a book on Caruana’s games, but it’s just not the same as the real thing.

  14. RYV
    October 31st, 2018 at 08:47 | #14

    maybe top player are not old enough to write memories about their best games. Let them be 40 or 50 years old so they have Something interresting to write about their carreer.
    Now, we have only Svidler in the 2700+ players !

  15. Jacob Aagaard
    October 31st, 2018 at 09:34 | #15

    Anand, Kramnik, Topalov and Adams are all older than Svidler

  16. Thomas
    October 31st, 2018 at 09:47 | #16

    Even Chucky is still above 2700

  17. Thomas
    October 31st, 2018 at 09:48 | #17

    Even Chucky is still above 2700

  18. RYV
    October 31st, 2018 at 10:21 | #18

    yes but Anand, Top, Ivanchuk, Kramnik & Adams, already have “their book”.
    I think Svidler is the only one who is missing a “best games”book

  19. Thomas
    October 31st, 2018 at 11:25 | #19

    If Ivanchuk was to write a book on his “best games” – that would be a blockbuster

  20. Ray
    October 31st, 2018 at 11:38 | #20

    @ RYV

    What do you mean with ‘already have “their book”?’ Maybe I missed something, but which book did Ivanchuk write himself, and which book did Adams write? Or do you mean the Move by Move series 🙂 . And if you use 2700+ combined with age as a criterion, nobody will ever write a book. I don’t care if Ivanchuk would have a rating below 2700 at this moment, if he would write about his wonderful career and games from the past. I’m talking about the kind of books players like Tal, Keres, Botvinnik and Smyslov wrote about their lives and games. I just don’t see it happening today. What about Short for example? Surely he is old enough, and I bet he would have lots of interesting stuff to write about.

  21. Ray
    October 31st, 2018 at 11:41 | #21

    I even have a title suggestion: “Short – the unabridged version”.

  22. Thomas
    October 31st, 2018 at 12:02 | #22

    I’m still waiting for a good book on Boris Spassky.
    There’s a book announced by Soltis on Tal, Petrosian, Spassky and Korchnoi,
    but I’m not sure if that will be what I’m hoping for.

  23. Ray
    October 31st, 2018 at 12:56 | #23

    I saw that one, it’s by McFarland, so at least it will look good 🙂 . But generally I prefer books with analyses by the players themselves. E.g. Korchnoi’s books are really good. And of course Petrosian has already been published by QC. I agree that a book on Spassky is missing, he’s seriously underrated I think.

  24. Jacob Aagaard
    October 31st, 2018 at 13:10 | #24

    Short: Unabridged

  25. Jacob Aagaard
    October 31st, 2018 at 13:11 | #25

    So sad to be an underrated World Champion 😉

  26. RYV
    October 31st, 2018 at 13:19 | #26

    the legend of Chuky – 2500 best games + 50 pages interview

    i hope you are working on this one for next year !?

  27. Ray
    October 31st, 2018 at 13:44 | #27

    @Jacob Aagaard
    I like that one even better 🙂 . And hopefully in the same mildly ironic tone as his columns for NIC Magazine.

  28. Ray
    October 31st, 2018 at 13:45 | #28

    I also have a title for this one: “Child’s play”.

  29. October 31st, 2018 at 18:33 | #29

    Wow, i do have the german edition and it was such a nice read! 🙂

  30. Thomas
    November 21st, 2018 at 12:32 | #30

    Now we are waiting for the english edition of the french book by MVL

  31. hasan
    November 21st, 2018 at 14:22 | #31

    Kramniks 100 Best games would be nice there is no game coll book on him very strange

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