Genius in the Background introduces brilliant chess that will be unfamiliar to even well-read chess players. Twelve chess stars are profiled with examples of their greatest achievements, but these stars are not famous they are geniuses who stay in the background. For example, Pervakov and Afek are not household names but they compose chess studies and puzzles of such elegance and cleverness that they deserve to be famous. Top players such as Garry Kasparov and Veselin Topalov may be famous names to chess fans, but they did not become World Champions without great help two of their coaches are profiled in this book and provide insights into the education of a chess champion.
A broad range of chess is covered by the twelve profiles from openings to endgames, puzzles to training. The common thread is beauty and brilliance that deserves to be better known. Tibor Karolyi is an International Master of chess from Budapest, Hungary. He was Hungarian Chess Champion in 1984 and is also an award-winning author and renowned chess coach. One of his previous books won the Guardian's chess Book of the Year prize in 2007. Karolyi coached Peter Leko, a former World Championship challenger, during Leko's teenage years when in the space of four years Leko improved from promising junior to grandmaster. Nick Aplin is a university professor and respected chess author from Singapore.
- 384 Pages
- Publisher: Quality
- Published: November, 2009
- "An interesting array of subjects; passionate writing; exciting games with enlightening annotations; and testimonials by accomplished peers. ... Genius in the Background is simply the best book that I read in 2010, chess-related or otherwise." - Rick Kennedy, Chessville
- "I just got in a book that I really like. The authors are two guys who have not really thrilled me in the past, but something happened this time... they went overboard on the really good stuff. I'm not saying that their other writings are not good, just that this one is way good!! This is a book you will like within 30 seconds of opening it... There is really too much meat in this book for this short commentary to do it justice. Just know that... you'll really get your money's worth." - Bob Long