The Mammoth Book of the World's Greatest Chess Games: New edn (Mammoth Books) Paperback – 30 Sep 2010
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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)
Improve your chess by studying the greatest games of all time, from Adolf Anderssen's 'Immortal Game' to Anand versus Kramnik 2008See all Product Description
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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.
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.
Pages in my copy started to come loose after a few weeks, and fell out soon afterwards.
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?
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Superb book. I really enjoy reading this book and setting up my chess board and going through the games move by move.Published 2 months ago by Adrian Chantler
If you want to understand chess I think you have to follow a top notch game this book is filled with world best chess matchess very good bookPublished 11 months ago by Frankieboy
good to go through the games of the Grandmasters and see how cunning some of them are!Published 14 months ago by mr b johnson
The bookis too big for its binding; it should have been two volumes. However a true chess freak will break it up and study each page separately, and gain much.Published 16 months ago by James Gibbons