‘Learn from Michal Krasenkow’ is a splendid walk through the games and life of the author. Michal
presents his games in the most instructive way and presents the reader a deeper look of his own
thinking. We are convinced you will find many fascinating aspects improving your own play along the way.
Learn from Michal Krasenkow
Michal Krasenkow was born in Moscow in 1963. He became an International Master in 1988 and
shortly after a Grandmaster in 1989. He became champion of Georgia in 1987 and team champion of
the USSR with his “Tigran Petrosian Chess Club”, Moscow in 1990.
During my chess career I have played almost 4000 classical games, a good deal of them against
grandmasters, including world’s top players, a number of which I managed to defeat. A lot of these
games are interesting and instructive, and studying them will definitely help any player to get new
expertise, learn new ideas and therefore improve their chess skill.
This book is divided into three chapters. The first part is a brief description of my life and career. The
second chapter includes 54 of my most memorable victories grouped by their main contents (tactics,
attack, positional play etc.) while in every section games are arranged in chronological order. The
third chapter is specifically devoted to endgames and contains analyses of the 12 most interesting,
often amazing endgames, I had in my practice.
Some of the games and endings were published (mostly a long time ago) in various chess magazines.
All my earlier annotations have been fully revised for this book, with the help of more modern
computers and analysing engines.
I don’t understand the strange approach of some chess commentators (mostly those providing online
coverage of games), who decline using chess engines in order to give more “human” commentaries
(which leads to numerous mistakes and blunders as they can’t fully concentrate on the games in the
same way as players do).
I don’t see any contradiction between human explanation of decisions taken in the games and their
verification with technical aids. On top of this, computer analysis often reveals fantastic possibilities
hidden in the position, which are as instructive as details of human thinking.