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3.0 out of 5 stars No Morphy !, 11 Mar. 2014
This review is from: The Mammoth Book of the World's Greatest Chess Games: New edn (Mammoth Books) (Paperback)
These games are great and the commentary is of a very high standard too. Why only three stars ? I've knocked a star off for the quality of the book binding - it will fall apart in no time. The second star was knocked off for not including one single Morphy game.
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Initial post: 19 Oct 2014 23:12:20 BDT
Absurd to knock a point off for no Morphy, his famous games were just too one-sided for this book. Who would want to see his "opera box" game for the Millionth time? - if you want to there is a video of Fischer himself going through it on You Tube

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Nov 2014 11:34:29 GMT
This is what Mikhail Botvinnik said about Morphy,

To this day Morphy is an unsurpassed master of the open games. Just how great was his significance is evident from the fact that after Morphy nothing substantially new has been created in this field. Every player- from beginner to master- should in this praxis return again and again to the games of the American genius.

This is what Bobby Fischer said about Morphy.

A popularly held theory about Paul Morphy is that if he returned to the chess world today and played our best contemporary players, he would come out the loser. Nothing is further from the truth. In a set match, Morphy would beat anybody alive today... Morphy was perhaps the most accurate chess player who ever lived. He had complete sight of the board and never blundered, in spite of the fact that he played quite rapidly, rarely taking more than five minutes to decide a move. Perhaps his only weakness was in closed games like the Dutch Defence. But even then, he was usually victorious because of his resourcefulness.

If you don't take my word for it maybe you will accept theirs?
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