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Eric van Reem

#15 IM V. Saravanan (Part 2)

Let's talk about the best chess books of 2020

2021-01-04 65 min

This is the second part of the interview with IM Venkat Saravanan from Chennai. In this spisode, Eric and Saravanan chat about the best chess books of the year 2020. Saravanan loves chess books and there are two very popular videos on You Tube, made by IM Sagar Shah of ChessBase India, in which Saravanan shows his personal chess books collection and gives advice which chess books should be read by ambitious chess players. In this episode Eric and Saravanan discuss about two great books about and by Vishy Anand (The Anand Files and Mind Master). Saravanan also tells us how difficult it is to buy affordable chess books in India. 

Books that are mentioned in this episode:
Hendriks - On the origin of good moves, Gelfand - Technical Decision Making and Decision making in major pieces endgames, Daniel King - Sultan Khan, Stuart Rachels - The best I saw in chess, Alexander Münninghoff - Hein Donner, Dvoretzky & Müller - DEM - 5th edition, Bezgodov - Defend like Petrosian, Karolyi - Petrosian year by year 1942-1962, Soltis - Magnus Carlsen 60 memorable games, Navara - My chess world, Keith Arkell - Arkell's endings, Timman - Timman's Triumphs, Nikitin- Vasiukov and Coaching Kasparov 1982-1990, Donaldson- Fischer and his world, Terekhov- Life and games of Vassily Smyslov, Smirin - Sicilian Warfare, Negi - 1.e4 vs. the minor defences.   
You can follow IM V. Saravanan @reachsvara on Twitter. He is also the Secretary of the Chess Players Forum (India).

There is an interesting interview in the BOMB magazine, in which Saravanan plays a chess game while discussing the art of the game and its history in India with film maker Amit Dutta.

Do not miss the two videos on You Tube, in which Saravanan shows his massive chess book collection: "Must read books to become a better chess player" and "How to read a chess book?"

Host       : Eric van Reem
Guest     : IM Venkatchalam Saravanan (IND)
Editor     : Dennis van Reem
Artwork  : Fränk Stiefel
Music     : Chess Pieces-Silent Partner

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