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The Sorcerer's Apprentice wins Guardian's Chess Book of the Year Award

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The Sorcerer's Apprentics wins Guardian's Chess Book of the Year awardThe revised and expanded version of the classic The Sorcerer's Apprentice by David Bronstein and Tom Fürstenberg has won the fourth Guardian Chess Book of the Year Award. According to the British daily it's an "unusual, personal, inspirational and endearing work that deserves a place on every chess player's bookshelf".

The Sorcerer's Apprentice was originally published in 1995 by Everyman. The new, revised and expanded edition, published by New in Chess, won Guardian's Chess Book of the Year Award.

The book "contains a lot of new material and two moving In Memoriams, one by Bronstein’s widow Tatiana Boleslavskaya and one by his co-author and friend Tom Fürstenberg. Furthermore, 32 pages of unique photographs have been included, as well as extensive new articles by Bronstein himself," according to the publisher. You can read our review of the book here.

The Guardian is a British daily newspaper owned by the Guardian Media Group. Founded in 1821, it is unique among major British newspapers in being owned by a foundation (the Scott Trust, via the Guardian Media Group). It had a certified average daily circulation of 358,844 copies in January 2009.

Ronan Bennett and Daniel King of The Guardian wrote:

Books from Botvinnik, Bronstein and Lipnitsky, along with Kasparov's latest addition to his series on world championship chess, gave our shortlist for the fourth Guardian chess book of the year award a distinct Soviet-era flavour. (...)

Our winner is the revised and expanded version of The Sorcerer's Apprentice by David Bronstein and Tom Fürstenberg (New in Chess, £29.95). This is an unusual, personal, inspirational and endearing book, a mix of anecdote, musing and insight. Bronstein, who drew his 1951 world championship match with Botvinnik 12-12 (Botvinnik, as holder, retained the title), was one of the most original players of all time.

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