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Review: Genius in the Background

I was immediately struck, when picking this book up, by its sheer weight. It is hefty, more so than one would expect given its common dimensions. It is the same sensation I experienced when I first obtained the award-winning San Luis 2005, by the same publisher.

Of course, a heavy book says nothing about its contents. But it does demonstrate the care the publisher puts into the physical side of the business, and elevates the anticipation of the reader. At least this reader.

The intent of the book is a bit different from most in the chess world. It is not a tactical puzzle book, not an opening treatise, not an endgame manual, nor a positional primer. It is not a tournament book nor a champion's game collection.

Instead, the authors have selected a number of lesser-known lights in the chess world to highlight, some because they worked as trainers to one of the game's great players, and others who had something special to add to the chess world, even though they never became household names. The primary author, Tibor Karolyi, is a case in point, although he doesn't profile himself in the book. His most famous pupil, presumably as a youngster, is Peter Leko...

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