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Another excellent volume from the Kasparov pen ... but ...,
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This review is from: Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov, Part 2: 1985-1993 (Everyman Chess) (Hardcover)
This is another well produced volume from Gary Kasparov's writings. It is the second of three volumes of his games collectons and covers the years from 1985 - after the aborted end of his first match with Karpov - through to 1993 stopping just before the defence of his title against Nigel Short.
We read the story of Kasparov becoming world champion, retaining his title through more matches with Karpov, going through his battles with FIDE and the chess establishment, and his games and tournaments against some of the best players in the world in the immediate pre-computer era.
The book itself is hardback and good quality. The games are well-presented with detailed notes and annotations written in Gary's personal style, clear font and text, and large diagrams. Doubtless the three volumes together will rate amongst the best of the games collections.
But - there is a but - and this is why I have only given it four stars. The book contains 100 games - a nice round number - but 23 of these are from the world championship matches against Karpov and there are five other KvK games from other tournaments.
All 28 games were well covered in Kasparov's brilliant Modern Chess series where he goes through every game he has ever played with his immediate predecessor, and Gary's fans will already have these other books (as I do). To repeat such games, even in an abridged format, seems to me lazy and a waste of space when we could have seen other Kasparov moments of magic and left me feeling rather short changed.
So the book is recommended - with this one criticism.