Let's talk about chess... with Venkat Saravanan (Part II)

by ChessBase
1/5/2021 – In his first podcast of 2021 Eric van Reem continues his talk with the renowned trainer and writer IM Venkatchalam Saravanan from India. In part I of the podcast they talked about the chess year 2020, the online chess boom in India, the upcoming Anand biopic, and the Candidates Tournament. In part II they talk about chess books. | Photo: Amruta Mokal

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Let's talk about chess

This is the second part of the interview with IM Venkat Saravanan from Chennai. In this episode, Eric and Saravanan chat about the best chess books of the year 2020. Saravanan loves chess books and there are two very popular videos on You Tube – Must read books to become a better chess player and How to read a chess book? – made by IM Sagar Shah of ChessBase India, in which Saravanan shows his personal chess books collection and gives advice which chess books should be read by ambitious chess players. In this episode Eric and Saravanan discuss two great books about and by Vishy Anand (The Anand Files and Mind Master). Saravanan also tells us how difficult it is to buy affordable chess books in India. 

Books that are mentioned in this episode:

Willy Hendriks On the origin of good moves
Boris Gelfand Technical Decision Making and Decision making in major pieces endgames
Daniel King - Sultan Khan
Stuart Rachels - The best I saw in chess
Alexander Münninghoff - Hein Donner
Dvoretzky & Müller - Dvoretzky's Endgame Manual - 5th edition
Alexey Bezgodov - Defend like Petrosian
Tibor Karolyi - Petrosian year by year 1942-1962
Andy Soltis - Magnus Carlsen 60 memorable games
David Navara - My chess world
Keith Arkell - Arkell's endings
Jan Timman - Timman's Triumphs
Alexander Nikitin- Vasiukov and Coaching Kasparov 1982-1990
John Donaldson- Fischer and his world
Andrey Terekhov- Life and games of Vassily Smyslov
Ilya Smirin - Sicilian Warfare
Parimarjan Negi - 1.e4 vs. the minor defences.   

You can follow IM V. Saravanan @reachsvara on Twitter. He is also the Secretary of the Chess Players Forum (India).

There is an interesting interview in the BOMB magazine, in which Saravanan plays a chess game while discussing the art of the game and its history in India with film maker Amit Dutta.


Host       : Eric van Reem
Guest     : IM Venkatchalam Saravanan (IND)
Editor     : Dennis van Reem
Artwork  : Fränk Stiefel
Music     : Chess Pieces-Silent Partner

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