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Mammoth Book of the World's Greatest Chess Games (Mammoth Books) Paperback – 27 Aug 1998


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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson Publishing (27 Aug. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185487876X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854878762
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.5 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,451,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For the famous games which appear in other books and anthologies, the authors have provided the most thorough and careful annotations you will find. They also include some extremely brilliant games which haven't received much attention elsewhere. ... Of the various 'Greatest Games' collections, The Mammoth Book of The World's Greatest Chess Games is the most up to date with the highest-quality annotations. You will want a copy on your shelf. (John Watson) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Improve your chess by studying the greatest games of all time, from Adolf Anderssen's 'Immortal Game' to Anand versus Kramnik 2008 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pensioner on 13 May 2007
Format: Paperback
This is the 3rd (2nd time expanded) edition of this games collection and now contains 125 games up to 2010; the World Championship match between Topalov and Anand.

Many discerning chess games collectors are likely to have the majority of these games somewhere already in their possession but it is marvellous to have so much fabulous chess all in the same book.

Personally I have not found any problems with the binding quality of the 3 editions I have all had but the purchaser should realise that this is very much a 'budget' chess games collection and you do need to handle it with some care, especially now it's 25% bigger than the 1st edition.

The games themselves are all complicated affairs but the annotations are as such that any player between Club and Strong Master strength is bound to obtain value and instruction from working through the annotations which are not too heavy and clearly pin point decisive turning points which led to the outcome of each fight.

I couldn't recommend this book too highly.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Jun. 2001
Format: Paperback
A collection of 100 games from 1834 to 1997; providing history, entertainment and instruction.
Each starts with an introduction to the players and the game, an approach which I find very informative and which increases my interest in the game. The games are well annotated so you can follow what is happening, and they are followed with bullet points that emphasize the lessons that should be learnt from the game.
For me this is a great book. My preferred method of learning chess is to begin playing through annotated games, cover the moves and try to figure what happens next. Now I can also check my understanding of the completed game by covering the bullet points and seeing how many of the main lessons I can identify.
The authors appear to have re-evaluated as well as re-analyzed the games, and find improvements over earlier analyses. This may make the book appealing to more experienced players as well as improvers.
The only negative comment I can come up with is that the paper seems a bit thin. This book is such great value that to people who do a lot of boring travel I'd say consider this - buy two, rubber band a small magnetic set to one and leave it in the boot of your car or in your overnight bag.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nobby on 11 Jan. 2013
Format: Paperback
Best book on chess I have read. What is noteworthy is that it is not simply featuring 125 classic chess games since 1834 up to the present day but a short introduction to the players - a sort of mini biography - then, after some necessary context some insight into the game itself. Notes abound and are the most readable I have come across in chess notation. To cap it all, each game ends with three bullet points as a summary to understanding what happened in the game. Very useful for those of us who are still trying to improve our chess. An excellent, first class, chess book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By therationalist on 13 May 2004
Format: Paperback
5 stars for the excellent games, commentary, analysis and general format, but ZERO STARS for the dreadful quality of the book binding.
Pages in my copy started to come loose after a few weeks, and fell out soon afterwards. If any future reviewers have a similar problem, could they please say?
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A team of strong (UK) players have assessed over 100 games from the last 2 centuries and compiled this anthology. Where it scores highly is in its price. The games are graded by them acting as a voting panel. So a game with say 15 votes [eg K vs K Moscow 1985] will have enjoyed the support of all the judges whilst lower values indicate that 1 or more of the panel (of 3) were less impressed. Each game includes a pen picture of the player(s) and modern analysis has been applied at key points in the games. A further very useful element is that each game is followed by a 3 point 'lessons learned' summary.

One thing to keep in mind, you should ensure that the seller is selling the latest copy. The book is updated periodically and new more modern games are added. My 2007 version had a page missing for a key game (Short's King walk vs Timman) so I bought this edition only to find it was an earlier one - 1998.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By therationalist on 13 May 2004
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5 stars for the excellent games, commentary, analysis and general format, but ZERO STARS for the dreadful quality of the book binding.
Pages in my copy started to come loose after a few weeks, and fell out soon afterwards. If any future reviewers have a similar problem, could they please say?
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If you want to buy one book of chess games for study and entertainment then this is the best on the market. The choice of games is excellent as are the plentiful annotations which are very accessible. There are frequent diagrams, some even after one or two moves and this is very useful, especially for keen casual players who may have difficulty visualising a position after more than a few moves. It also means that you can still enjoy the games without setting them up on a chess board. There are also useful summaries at the end of each game which, though sparse, are thought provoking and useful. These games can be re-played many times and with increasing pleasure the more they are played. Congratulations to the 3 compilers and thanks for a really splendid contribution to my chess library!
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