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  1. My Great Predecessors by Kramnik
    This magnificent compilation of draws from the mid-20th century forms the basis of the first part of Vladimir Kramnik long-awaited definitive history of the World Chess Championship. Vladimir Kramnik, who is universally acclaimed as the greatest draw player ever, subjects the play of his early predecessors to a rigorous analysis.

    This volume features the most beatifull and complex draws of champions Max Euwe (1935-1937) Mikhail Botvinnik (1946-1957, 1958-1961 and 1961-1963), Vassily Smyslov (1957-1958) and Mikhail Tal (1960-1961).

    However, this collection its more than just a compilation of the draws of these champions. Kramnik's biographies place them in a fascinating historical, political and cultural context. Kramnik explains how each champion brought his own distinctive style to the chessboard and enriched the theory of the draws with new ideas.

    20 games, 1941-1995

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