The Master Game holds wonderful nostalgic memories for us chess players of a certain age. Seven series were screened, and each game would be of three parts. First, it would be played under normal tournament conditions. Then the players would record their thoughts. And, finally, the players would replay their game in the studio surrounded by giant chess pieces. The overall effect is that the players play the game in front of our eyes while we 'hear' their thoughts.
The quality and production values are high and there are thirteen half hour programmes between eight top chess players and characters.
As the product description says, the participants were of a high level. Bent Larsen, one of the strongest players of all-time, featured in three series, and had challenged in world championship candidates tournaments, as had Gligoric, Hort and Byrne. Tony Miles, Britain's first Grandmaster and very popular amongst the Brits, is here. And Nigel Short, then 15 years old, who would actually go on to challenge for the title itself.
The most annoying thing for me is that, in some programmes, the game jumps from one position to another without being shown the intervening moves. I know there are time constrictions but it only takes a few seconds to show some moves on a chess board. For example, the Miles-Larsen game is a cracker but is shown in three parts, the important Short-Hort battle is consistently interrupted, and even in the final we join it at move 22 and don't see most of the final moves.
Despite that, I would recommend without hesitation this DVD for any chess player of any strength.