“Together with the Candidates” wins 2018 FIDE Book of the Year
FIDE has announced the winner of the 2018 FIDE Book of the Year. It is also known as the Averbakh/Boleslavsky Award in respect of these two giants of chess literature.
The winning book was “Together with the Candidates.” by Alexey Kuzmin and published by Thinkers Publishing.
The book is a presentation of the history of all the Candidate Tournaments and matches. It contains tests and solutions in the format of game fragments with detailed comments.
GM Artur Jussupow presided over the three-person independent jury, which also included GM Nigel Short and the world’s oldest living grandmaster, GM Yuri Averbakh.
They initially selected three titles for shortlisting: “The quality of the entire competition was very high. All three books in the final were so good that each book was the favourite of a juror! Nonetheless, we have a clear winner with one first and two-second preferences.”
GM Jacob Aagaard, Chairman of FIDE’s Trainer’s Commission, had this to say about the book. “On behalf of FIDE and the Trainers’ Commission, I would like to thank the jurors for giving up their time to go through the nominated books and select the shortlist and the winners”.
About the author
Alexey Kuzmin was the Champion of the Central Chess Club of the USSR in 1985 and Moscow 1986. He became a GM in 1995 and won several international events before retiring in 2004.
Alexey was the second of the 12th World Champion Anatoly Karpov from 1997 to 1991 which was during the years of struggle against Garry Kasparov.
He was also the second to GM Alexander Morozevich from 2006 to 2015.
Alexey has been an author for publications like NIC, 64 Chess Observer and Chessbase.
It is his second book after the highly acclaimed ‘Together with Morozevich‘ which was published by Thinkers Press.
List of winners
“Together with the Candidates” by Alexey Kuzmin. Published by Thinkers Publishing.
“The Complete Manual of Positional Chess” by Konstantin Sakaev and Konstantin Landa. Published by New in Chess.
“Applying Logic in Chess” by Erik Kislik. Published by Gambit Books.