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Graham Burgess , John Nunn , John Emms

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Learn Chess from Complete Instructive Games 15 septembre 2006
L'évaluation d'un enfant - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Going over games that are well analyzed is a good way to learn all parts of chess (openings, middle games and endgames all with all the tactics, traps and positional play involved). Although this is not a book that uses analysis of every move, which is my favorite type of book (such as "Logical Chess" or "Unbeatable Chess Lessons"), the games contain enough analysis at important points to make it a worthwhile book. My only real complaint is that the book is made really cheaply with cheap paper and a very tight binding that forces you to really press to keep it open. This is a book deserving a better quality production. The contents are very good (4 stars) the paper and tight binding is rather poor (2 stars).
84 internautes sur 86 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Analyzed Games Old and New "want to improve your chess will be good for you!" 19 novembre 2006
L'évaluation d'un enfant - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book contains selected games. Both of the masters of new, old all great which will help your ability to checkmate! One Hundred and Twelve games analyzed games study, alone or with your best buddy. The analysis though not real deep makes is light enough for your mind to keep. Want deeper analysis using games get books by Nunn (Understanding Chess) or by Snyder ("Unbeatable Chess Lessons for Juniors"). They are move by move both fun and the the analysis more tighter. These days when it comes to books with games and good analysis you have many to choose so start reading them all it's no time to snooze.

Now down to real business! "The Mammoth Book" contains a wide variety of games over a long time span by many strong players. The analysis ranging from light to moderate in depth is for an intermediate level to stronger player level. This is not a down to basics level book. I was disapointed only in that the book was made out of really cheap paper and is hard to keep open when using (why four instead of five stars). True, I prefer the "every move commented on approach" used by Chernev, Nunn and Snyder, but "the Mammoth book" is still excellent.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A great cross-section (1834-1997) of the finest games ever 6 octobre 1998
Par jeff.earhart@pinpointsolutions.com - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is the "games collection" that I have been waiting years to find! It is a book of 100 chronologically-ordered, heavily annotated chess games, which the three authors decided upon through some sort of weighted voting system, in which Graham Burgess annotated 50, John Nunn 25, and John Emms 25. It is not a "mammoth"-sized book; it is about the size of a typical bestseller paperback, though somewhat wider. To give you an idea of where the historical concentration of games occurs, Game 1 is from 1834, Game 25 is from 1926, Game 50 is from 1963, Game 75 is from 1981, and Game 100 is from 1997. The most heavily-represented players are Mikhail Tal (11 games), Bobby Fischer (9), Garry Kasparov (8), Anatoly Karpov (8), Jose Capablanca (6), Emanuel Lasker (6), and Boris Spassky (6). I would have expected to see more games from Paul Morphy (0 games!), Adolph Anderssen (2), Harry Pillsbury (2), Tigran Petrosian (2), Wilhelm Steinitz (3), and Alexander Alekhine (4). From those lists, you can probably infer that the book is somewhat skewed toward the modern games. On the other hand, there are only three Karpov-Kasparov games, which surprised me. There is a lot of analysis in the games, with plenty of biographical descriptions and "color". Despite the fact that three different authors did the annotating, there is a very "uniform" feel to the games; it doesn't read like it's three disjointed authors. Maybe that's because three people did the analyzing and one person did the writing.
My favorite historical collection of annotated games was always Tartakower & du Mont's famous collection of 500 games, plus a supplemental book of 100 more games, but those left off at around 1950. For a long time those two books were my chess Bible, and so I knew hardly anything about players like Tal, Fischer, Karpov, and Kasparov, let alone the less famous players who still had played some amazing games in modern times.
Sure, there are several modern collections of games (especially "Winning Chess Brilliancies" by Yasser Seirawan, "Modern Chess Brilliancies" by Larry Evans, and "The Art of Chess Analysis", by Jan Timman), and plenty of collections of best games of individual players, from Paul Morphy to Alexei Shirov. However, I hadn't yet found an individual book that gave you this kind of in-depth perspective across chess history into modern times. This book ranges from the famous 1834 McDonnell-de la Bourdonnais 62nd match game with the three black pawns side by side on the seventh rank, all the way through to games of the last couple of years, like Viswanathan Anand's great attacking games against Anatoly Karpov in 1996 and Joel Lautier in 1997. I think that there is real value, both entertaining and instructive, in seeing comments from the same authors on such a wide chronological range of games.
Furthermore, it is very rare to see such modern analysis of older games. Few books released these days seem to cover any games before the 1960's. Often there seems to have been very little added to some of the analysis that was "state-of-the-art" sixty years ago. Most exceptions seem to be connected with John Nunn, like the several algebraic reprints of "Best Game" collections which he has touched up and footnoted, in addition to the new material which he added on to the end of Max Euwe's "The Development of Chess Style." I liked this book best, however, because it covers such a wide range of players, games, and eras.
I am very grateful that there are chess writers out there willing to re-examine older games in a modern light, not stopping after pointing out where opening theory has evolved beyond that game, but also continuing on with new analysis of the middle game and end game positions that occurred (or could have) in the game. My greatest chess interest lies in viewing how chess mastery has evolved over the decades, and this book does a better job than any other single book of illustrating that evolution. My only quibble, and it is a small one, is that I would have liked to have seen more older games. I was surprised to find no games at all by Paul Morphy, but Macon Shibut's "Paul Morphy and the Evolution of Chess Style" is a fantastic modern book which covers many of Morphy's games, and so I, in possession of both books, am happy. I only wish that the authors of "The Mammoth Book of the World's Best Chess Games" had done 500 games rather than 100. Maybe we'll see a sequel! In any event, at less than a dime per game for classic games with lots of interesting annotations, this particular book is a great deal. Some of the notes and variations may go beyond beginning players, but it's fun anyway to play over the games and read what experts have to say about them, even if you don't follow all of the conclusions. So I would really recommend this book to anyone with much of an interest in chess history.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A High-Quality Chess Book 8 juin 2006
Par Shadow - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is a very well-written, informative, and entertaining book about 100 of the greatest chess games (112 games for this 2nd edition) of all time. It not only has detailed and colorful analysis of the games, but also interesting background information of both the games and the players involved in them.

I recommend this for any serious chess player, but there is a slight problem in that it assumes that the reader has at least a general background knowledge of chess opening theory, and thus it may be a little too advanced for beginners. Beginners may want to first consult the companion volume, "The Mammoth Book of Chess," by the same author.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Great collection, but miserable cheapo paperback 29 mai 2011
Par Roo.Bookaroo - Publié sur Amazon.com
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There are already 36 reviews that say it all.
I can only repeat that the content of the book is exceptional, as mentioned by everybody.
My only comment there is that it would have been good to have a diagram of the board for the final position of each game.

My main grievance is the low quality of the book production, because I am infuriated everytime I try to use this book. I had to express my immense disappointment at the miserable production of this book.

I own both books by Graham Burgess, the Mammoth book of Chess, which I fortunately got in the hardback edition of CASTLE BOOKS, with an American title -- CHESS Tactics and Strategy. This hardback is physically decent, even if the gluing of the pages to the back is not of the best quality, and has started breaking up. But the printing is good, the paper of much better quality, and the diagrams crisp and clear.

However I got the World's Greatest Games in its standard paperback edition by Carroll & Graf. This is physically, the worst chess book I have ever bought. You can't keep the pages open without using weights to press on the spine. Very quickly the spine breaks and pages start coming off. The paper is disgusting, very close to toilet paper. It is yellowish and fragile. The margins are about 1/8th of an inch on the sides. No way to write one's own notes. The book starts disintegrating quickly. Reading the book is an annoyance, and there's no fun or joy in handling it. It's as if nobody in the production team had any feeling for good books.
There's a British tendency to push economizing to the maximum, and the original publisher is a group called Robinson Publishing, which kept the product to a minimum cost. This may be good policy for the British market, with a limited public for chess books.
But in the States, I am sure that we would all have been willing to pay double price, $20 instead of $11 to get a decent-looking hardback on good paper with a great spine. To have the chutzpa to print such a great chess book on such miserable toilet-like paper with a miserable spine is beyond me.
And why did not Graham Burgess try to have an American edition by CASTLE BOOKS which could have produced a hardback edition similar to that of the CHESS -- Tactics and Strategy?
The content of the book is great, deserving five-stars, as most people acknowledge, but the paperback product is so lamentable that it has to be given only 3-stars.

Note: The collection of the 112 World's Greatest Games can be found online.
Also the marvelous CHESSGAMES site, which is an encyclopedia of most of the important games recorded in history, adds, for each game, its own kibitzer discussion, with a live diagram that permits following the complete play of each game on the screen most comfortably. Best is to follow the game on the CHESSGAMES site while keeping the book open (with the help of two weights) next to the screen.
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