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This review is from: Understanding Chess Move by Move (Paperback)
This is a very good collection of games, and it encompasses most aspects of the game of chess by taking the reader through 30 games played at Grandmaster level. The analysis is extensive, sometimes too much so, but it is instructive. GM John Nunn has picked games which serve to prove his point, and they all do this, but during his analysis he sometimes delves too deeply and this could be off-putting to a lot of readers.
Also, this book does not test your knowledge at any point, which can be good or bad, depending on whether you want to have a chance at testing yourself or not. Nor does it enhance your thought process. What it does very well is explain the games move by move, like it says on the front cover. The analysis is usually very easily understood. It will take about sixty to ninety minutes to play through one of these games on your board, including playing through the analysis. This is about the right amount of time to spend on each game, as most amateur games rarely last longer.
There is also a lot of information for the reader to absorb and this cannot be done over the space of a few days, one game a day at the most should enable the reader to assimilate and process the information.
It must be stressed that this book alone will not improve your chess. All readers must get regular experience, and by doing so you will get the chance to follow some of the principles that GM John Nunn explains.