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My 60 Memorable Games (Algebraic Classics) Paperback – 5 Feb 1995

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Product details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Batsford Ltd; New edition edition (5 Feb. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713478128
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713478129
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,605,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bobby Fischer (March 9, 1943 – January 17, 2008) is regarded as the greatest chess player the world has ever known. He won the US Open Championship at age 13, the US Championship at age 14, became a grandmaster and a candidate for the World Chess Championship at age 15, and defeated Boris Spassky in an epic battle for the World Chess Championship in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1972. In this book, he describes and fully annotates his battles on the way to the top. This book is widely regarded as the best chess book ever written. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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I remember picking up this book when I first became interested in chess in the late 80s. Chess books were dull and dusty and there was a lot of focus on classical players from the romantic era. This read like a breath of fresh air with verve and Fischer's emotion evident in the narrative. Of course there were probably anthologies of the Soviet greats but these were hard to come by, and in Russian of course. I thought for a while in the 90s that I should have stole that book from the library because it became out of print...

These games show Fischer at his best from weak opponents to the strongest in the world at the time all at various stages of his "professional" career. Fisher managed to create "classics" and textbook examples used in chess instruction books since and it is valuable to hear his own insights as well as the peers who were commentating on the game at the time. This is the thrust of the selling point, and it is well justified.

Here are my other thoughts.

1) Up until Fisher, opening theory and strategy was not as well developed so pre-Fischer you are much more liable to get games with opening errors and strategic misjudgement. Tal secured many a victory with unsound sacrifices, Petrosian secured equality from bad positions with depth of thought and prophylaxis. Spassky was an accomplished attacker but tended to be self optimistic to the point of disregarding certain aspects of position. Fischer at his peak was the cold hard calculator that the best foundered upon. I also will mention his analysis without computers for me was easier to grasp and something to aspire to. Compare this to the reams of sidelines of latter day books.
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Well - this book is of course brilliant and always has been. The most important elements for me are that this book has not been messed with and has all the original text unlike some previous versions - and that it's in algebraic which I find far more easy to read than descriptive notation.
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By Jet Lagged TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Sept. 2014
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If you are a chess fan and don't know about this book then you have been living under a rock.

This book is Bobby Fischer's chess masterpiece. Or it would be more correct to say that the games themselves are the masterpieces.

Take Fischer's early 1958 game against Larsen for instance. The former was just 15 years old at the time. He goes through Larsen's Sicilian Dragon for a short cut. Normally Black, if given the chance, will sac the exchange on c3 for an attack. This never happens. Instead Fischer turns the tables by saccing the exchange himself on h5 for a winning attack. Larsen, one of the world's strongest players at the time, must have been reeling after this demolition.

The original Simon and Schuster edition of the book is the one to get. For some strange reason John Nunn saw fit to mutilate the original with the Batsford version. It's puzzling. Nunn is a solid chess author so what on earth was he thinking about here?

Please remember that these games were from an era before chess computers had even been thought of (other than perhaps by Botvinnik ). It was a different and more rugged era and so some of the annotations have not stood up to scrutiny by the silicon monsters. But don't let this detract from your enjoyment of the games themselves.
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Wow. Somebody needs to put up a five-star review of this book: so here goes.

This is a great book, one of the greatest chess books ever written. I devoured this book as a kid (in the old descriptive notation), and highly commend this to any one today.

It's not just that Fischer was a great player, arguably the greatest of all time. He was also a great chess writer: interesting, clear, simple, and instructive.

This is one of a handful of books that is simply a must-read for any player hoping to improve their chess. If you want to learn how to launch an attack, you need to study Fischer closely: one of the all-time great masters of attack. A careful reading of this book will probably teach you more about modern chess strategy than Nimzovich's classic "My System." It will probably teach you more about endgames than most modern endgame manuals.

As with most game collections, you need to go through it line by line, and ask yourself at each point: what is the best move?--and then see what Fischer actually played. When you get to a move that Fischer analyzes in detail, you need to set aside the book, write out your analysis, and then compare your analysis with his. This book is the perfect follow-up book for anyone who has read Silman's "How to Reassess Your Chess" or Kotov's "Think Like A Grandmaster".
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I have only played through a couple of the games so far, but it is instructive to have bobby Fishers commentary as the game progresses.

It demonstrates the inadequacy of my own chess ability. I only hope I will improve from the knowledge and tactics imparted by the master!
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A collection of games annotated by the most charismatic chess player of all time. Some of the most interesting games are the ones that Fischer lost, in particular to Tal. A must-have for any chess player.
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