Ok, I admit it. I have a soft spot for the current undisputed world champion Viswanathan Anand.
The Indian super-grandmaster is hard to dislike. No one can deny that Anand has been a good ambassador of the royal game and his conduct OTB has always been above reproach.
I have always had a liking for Anand's rather direct and unpretentious play.
And guess what Chessbase decides to do?
Viswanathan Anand: My Career Vol. 1
Viswanathan Anand: My Career Vol. 2
Which means I have a good idea of where the money for my Christmas presents are going.... much to the dismay of my wife.
And yes, I hate Chessbase. They're evil. ;)
Speaking of Anand, I do wish he releases an update to his book: Vishy Anand, My Best Games.
The period spanning 2000 onwards (where the book stopped) has been very scant on details while Anand has won quite a number of tournaments since then, sometimes with incredible play.
Take for example, this Tal-style lesson in the art of sacrificing material he gave to young Sergey Karjakin at the Corus Wijk aan Zee tournament in 2006 or this killer Knight lesson to Magnus Carlsen at Linares-Morelia 2007.