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Book Recap: The World Champions I Knew by GM Genna Sosonko

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Welcome back to another monthly edition of Perpetual Chess, Chess Books Recaptured! This month, I am joined by electrical engineer, Chessable author, and chess blogger, Vjekoslav “Vjeko” Nemec. Like me, Vjekoslav is a big fan of GM Genna Sosonko’s writing, so we were eager to discu
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Welcome back to another monthly edition of Perpetual Chess, Chess Books Recaptured! This month, I am joined by electrical engineer, Chessable author, and chess blogger, Vjekoslav “Vjeko” Nemec. Like me, Vjekoslav is a big fan of GM Genna Sosonko’s writing, so we were eager to discuss one of his books. Vjeko and I agree that The World Champion’s I Knew may not be Sosonko’s best book, but due to its prominent subjects,  it might be the most accessible. Like his other books, The World Champions I Knew is marked by vivid first hand accounts and beautiful prose, and its high points make the book well worth reading. In his book, GM Sosonko writes about 7 different world chess champions, so Vjeko and I spent time sharing quotes and reflections about each essay, and ranked our favorite chapters. Please read on for more details and timestamps. 
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1:00- We begin by discussing why Vjeko Nemec wanted to discuss a book by Grandmaster Genna Sosonko, why we settled on The World Champions I Knew , and we share a few details from GM Sosonko’s fascinating life story. 
Mentioned: Perpetual Chess interview with GM Genna Sosonko (June 2018), Smart Chip from St. Petersburg, Russian Silhoettes, The Reliable Past,  Evil-Doer: Half a Century with Viktor Korchnoi, GM Garry Kasparov 
 
13:45- As always, Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable. Two of the many courses that you can check out right now are Vjekoslav Nemec’s The Modern Against Everything, and GM Sam Shankland’s new course, Lifetime Repertoires: Black Against the English, The Reti, and sidelines
 
14:30- We read a bit of the introduction to the book and give an overview of the book before discussing the book chapter by chapter. 
Mentioned: The Rise and Fall of David Bronstein, John Hartmann, 
 
19:00- The first chapter we discuss is the one about Jose Raoul Capablaca, which focuses on GM Sosonko’s interactions with Capablanca’s then wife, Olga Clark Capablanca. 
The Genius and The Princess by Edward Winter
 
26:30- Next up is legendary world champion Alexander Alekhine
Mentioned: Chess Historian Edward Winter on Sourcing
32:45- Smyslov 
Mentioned: Smyslov on the Couch, The Gulag Archipelago by Solzhenitsyn
 
45:00- Legendary Dutch Champion Max Euwe 
Mentioned: Todd Bryant, Mike Zaloznyy
 
54:00- We discuss the chapter about Sixth World Champion Mikhail Botvinnik
Mentioned: Soviet Outcast: The Life an
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