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Evgeny Vasiukov – Chess Champion of Moscow

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.Evgeny Vasiukov – Chess Champion of Moscow

Evgeny Vasiukov – Chess Champion of Moscow is a new book that was published in July 2020 by Elk & Ruby.

Cover of the book Evgeny Vasiukov - Chess Champion of Moscow.
Cover of the book Evgeny Vasiukov – Chess Champion of Moscow.

Evgeny Vasiukov (1933-2018) was a top-level grandmaster from Moscow. He won the Moscow Championship on six occasions (1955, 1958, 1960, 1962, 1972, and 1978). He was the winner of over 50 major tournaments, including the strong Manila 1974 tournament ahead of Bent Larsen, Lajos Portisch and Svetozar Gligoric.

Alexander Nikitin

Alexander Nikitin, the author of the book, has included 31 games from Evgeny’s career.

I was aware of Evgeny Vasiukov but had never read much about him. It was a pleasant surprise to find the book at reasonable price of 19.90 Euro including postage!.

GM Evgeny Vasiukov in action sometime in 1973. Photo credit www.kiddle.co
GM Evgeny Vasiukov in action sometime in 1973. Photo credit www.kiddle.co

One of the fascinating aspects of this book is the numerous photos that are included.  Alexander Nikitin has anecdotes at the start of each game which makes the games much more enjoyable.  The book offers a fascinating insight into the golden era of Soviet chess.

I also like the fact that Alexander Nikitin did not include endless variations which makes chess books much more difficult to follow.

Efim Geller & Evgeny Vasiukov having a chat. Sample photo from the book.
Efim Geller & Evgeny Vasiukov having a chat. Sample photo from the book.

The late Mikhail Tal is known as the ‘Magician from Riga‘ for his dynamic and aggressive style. Evgeny Vasiukov in my view was the ‘Magician from Moscow!!

If you love Mikhail Tal’s style of play then this is a book that you must have.

You can download sample pages of the book.

I have included some of the exciting games from the book.

Evgeny Vasiukov v Viktor Korchnoi

A 20-year-old Evgeny Vasiukov holds the might Viktor Korchnoi to a thrilling draw.  Move 17 …..Rxf7 was the stunning blow!

Evgeny Vasiukov v Tigran Petrosian

Another fascinating game was Evgeny Vasiukov crushing Tigran Petrosian in their encounter at the 1956 Moscow Championship.

Evgeny Vasiukov v Evgeny Sveshnikov

Evgeny Vasiukov defeating Evgeny Sveshnikov during the 1982 USSR Championship is another thrilling game.

Efim Geller v Evgeny Vasiukov

Delivery of the book to Kenya

I ordered Evgeny Vasiukov – Chess Champion of Moscow from New In Chess and was pleasantly surprised to see that it arrived without any drama or delay. The total cost was 19.99 Euros, including postage.

I found out that the trick about ordering books from abroad is to do so in small packets (one or two books only). Oversized packages invariably end up going to Kenya Revenue Authority who then add Custom Duty, VAT, RDL and other levies.

Other books on Evgeny Vasiukov

This book is a translation of the Russian book ‘My Friend Evgeny Vasiukov‘ by Alexander Nikitin.

Cover of the book 'My Friend Evgeny Vasiukov' by Alexander Nikitin.
Cover of the book ‘My Friend Evgeny Vasiukov’ by Alexander Nikitin.

There is another book on Evgeny Vasiukov in Russian titled ‘Vasiukov’s Collection‘ by the late Valery Chashchikhin. The book was published in 2008 has a total of 185 games.

A book on Evgeny Vasiukov in Russian titled 'Vasiukov's Collection' by the late Valery Chashchikhin.
A book on Evgeny Vasiukov in Russian titled ‘Vasiukov’s Collection’ by the late Valery Chashchikhin.

Links

Games from the book ‘Evgeny Vasiukov Chess Champion of Moscow’.

The Story of a Chess Player by GM Ehlvest.

Anatoly Karpov – The making of a Champion by Tibor Karolyi.