Born in Estonia, International Grandmaster Jaan Ehlvest became an International Master in chess by winning the European Junior Championshipin 1983. After tying for the second place in the Zagreb Interzonal in 1987, he became a Grandmaster.
In the first series of the World Cup tournaments, Ehlvest came fourth after World Champions Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov, and grandmaster Valery Salov. In 1989, he won the Reggio Emilia supertournament ahead of grandmasters Vassily Ivanchuk and Karpov. In the last World Championship in Delhi he finished on the top 16th. Ehlvest’s highest international rating is 2660, and he has been one of the top 5 players in the world. In 2003, he won the World Open Championship.
Ehlvest has been once elected as zonal President of FIDE, the World Chess Federation. He is currently an active participant in FIDE’s “Chess in Schools” and various training committees.
Most of Jaan’s book deals with a very interesting time for chess which has almost been forgotten – the period of time shortly before and after the breakup of the Soviet Union. This was, if you can remember, before the development of Fritz, before computers could beat grandmasters like children squashing ants, and before the wide popularization of databases. We understand there was even a thing called “adjournments” – imagine that!
Readers can hear Jaan’s thoughts about the nature of chess, life, childhood, world politics and beyond. Of course there are also commented games, from which the studious reader can glean a great deal of chess knowledge.