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on 1 July 2006
There are three ways of learning to play chess?

One: Reading and learning from instruction books. This is a good method. And for some topics like openings and middlegame the only method.

Two: Training with a coach who can instruct you and can analyse the games and point out the errors you made and the weaknesses you have to work on.

Three: Studying grandmaster games. This can't be done without the help of an instructive commentary from someone at grandmaster level. UCMM fits the bill. Contrary to other game-collections the games are ordered thematic. At the same time John Nunn has taken care to select games from a wide variety of openings. The games are also selected that the wins are against significant oposition. In many game collections and chess manuals, themes are clarified by games where a strong player defeats a weak player. This helps to clarify the theme, but also obscures the difficulties to convert an advantage against strong oposition.

Finally John Nunn has been able to strike a good balance between verbal explanations and detailed variations, depending on the sort of position he examines.

In short I can't think of a better and more instructive collection of games.
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