In this book, the author drives you through the very rich chess career of Lajos Portisch while interviewing him.
This unique concept makes the book easy to read and gives the reader some inside information about what is happening also off the board. Things you normally don’t get to know about.
Who is GM Lajos Portisch?
Lajos Portisch, former Anatoly Karpov’s second in the Kasparov vs Karpov 1990 match and considered by many the greatest Hungarian chess player in history, brings you his experience throughout the years compiled in this book.
Is this book for me?
Truth is this book is an engaging read for any chess player. If an intermediate player were to read this book, he would certainly dazzle many masters with his chess knowledge. To many, the latter part of the 20th century was the most interesting chess era and Lajos Portisch explains it in the best way.
How is this book different?
Nowadays, many chess books and resources focus on the more technical aspects of the game. In this book, Tibor Karolyi with his style of writing makes the book easy to read and provides inside information to the reader regarding off-board situations in the chess world.
Similarly to Kasparov’s Great Predecessors Volume Series, this book focuses on providing knowledge that the reader would not be able to easily access elsewhere.
All this brought to you by no less than the former 2nd highest rated chess player in the world and 8-time candidate for the World Chess Championship from 1965 to 1989.
Was Lajos Portisch a chess genius?
If it were not for the likes of Anatoly Karpov, Boris Spassky, and Victor Korchnoi, Lajos Portisch could have become world champion. In the words of Boris Spassky, “Lajos Portisch was very unpleasant for some leading GMs.”
Here is an example of Lajos Portisch questioning Anatoly Karpov: