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Yuri Razuvaev


Devoted to Chess: The Creative Heritage of Yuri Razuvaev

Devoted to Chess: The Creative Heritage of Yuri Razuvaev is a new book published by New In Chess.


Yuri Razuvaev (1945-2012) was an outstanding Russian chess player.  He had a refined positional style and for many years he was one of the leading Grandmasters in the Soviet Union.  He also was a first-rate chess author and opening theoretician, always open to new ideas.

But it was as a trainer that Razuvaev was truly world-class. The long list of prominent players he worked with includes Karpov, Kramnik, Gelfand, Lautier, Fressinet, Salov, Tomashevsky, Topalov and Kosteniuk.  Both Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana had sessions with Yura, as his friends called him.

Razuvaev was a respected trainer, becoming a second to Anatoly Karpov from 1971 until 1978, stepping down before the World Championship match against Viktor Korchnoi.

He also coached Alexandra Kosteniuk, who won the Women’s World Chess Championship in 2008.

It was his excellent feeling for chess, his understanding of weaknesses and strong points in someone’s play, that made working with Razuvaev a privilege.  Moreover, spending time with him was a joy because he was intelligent, cultured and witty.  In this book, compiled by Boris Postovsky, dozens of chess players and contemporaries share anecdotes and insights into chess that Razuvaev gave them.

Devoted to Chess also presents Razuvaev’s best games, accessibly analysed by himself and others.  His finest articles and interviews on a wide variety of subjects are also included in the book.  Studying “The Creative Heritage of Yuri Razuvaev” will bring you great benefits”, writes Vladimir Kramnik in his foreword.

Yuri Razuvaev v Zvonimir Mestrovic

Sample pages can be found here –Devoted to Chess.

Boris Postovsky won the Soviet Champion in Correspondence Chess and coached the Russian national team to Gold in four Olympiads.


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Yuri Razuvaev.