"Did Kramnik shout at you?"

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What happens behind the scenes of a world chess championship match has always been something of an enigma. How does the team of seconds work with the champ? Are they nervous? Do they gossip? Are they confident? What happens if the match strategy fails? Are there any rows? They don't shout at each other, do they? The printer's truck has just left, and it brought us a 400-page new book we are extremely proud of. It is called From London to Elista and is written by Evgeny Bareev and Ilya Levitov. Bareev, of course, is a great player, a former world number 4 who won many great tournaments, among which Wijk aan Zee. Now he has written, together with Ilya Levitov, this extremely frank book about his experiences as Vladimir Kramnik's second during his title matches. He reveals simply everything: the preparation and the progress, the aftermath and the brutal stress. All the games are superbly annotated, and integrated into the story of the matches. This is utterly fascinitaing stuff, full of wit, anger, wisdom and, most of all, honesty. Someone said that after this book, writing about world chess championships will never be the same. He may be right. If you want to know what makes top grandmasters tick, then this is a book for you.
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