This is a special games collection. GM Bent Larsen was easily the 2nd strongest player in the Western World, next to Bobby Fischer, and played with a very distinctive, original and combative style. As such, his games are unusually interesting and lively, with imbalances of a type not often seen. He had a knack for taking positions that seemed disadvantageous or even lost and turning them into wins with his strong, creative and determined efforts. This collection is 50 games annotated by the great man himself, and among all games collections, this surely must rank among the very best for the quality of play and insightfulness of the notes. It is the ideal to have games annotated by the player himself, of course, as only he can explain what was going through his mind during the play, and Larsen is very conscientious in giving his reasons for his play, alternative lines considered, and why they were rejected, etc. There are some really classic battles, such as his win 1966 Piatigorsky Cup over Petrosian as Black playing, of all things, the King's Indian Defense, which Larsen admits, he did not know as well as the leading Soviet players!! Such was the courage and fiery nature of the man. What must he have thought of modern GM's who resort to playing boring stuff like the Petroff Defense?? There are only two drawbacks to this book, neither of any fault of the author: 1) It is in descriptive notation, and would benefit from a conversion to algebraic. Don't let this scare you off, though. An afternoon spent going through a few of these games, and you will become comfortable with working with descriptive. 2) The second problem is more serious. This book is GROSSLY overpriced. Compare this book to the typical Dover reprint, and you will see that this book is priced far, far too high for a simple reprint. I bought this book solely because upon GM Larsen's death I really wanted this collection, but I will never pay up to this publisher again unless they bring their books in line with publishers like Dover. Look for an original copy, if one can be found. Five stars for content, but two stars at best for value. ADDENDUM: A new book of 120 of Larsen's games, annotated by Larsen also, is being put out in Sept. by NewInChess. The title is "Bent Larsen's Best Games: Fighting Chess with the Great Dane". With over twice as many games, in algebraic, and for about the same price as this book, there is a new clear first choice coming!