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Gambit Publications specialises in chess and has an unrivalled reputation for originality and editorial excellence. The company is owned and staffed entirely by leading chess masters and grandmasters.

About the Author


Igor Stohl is a well-known grandmaster from Slovakia. He plays in several national leagues and is a noted opening theoretician. His thorough annotations frequently appear in Ceskoslovensky Sach, Informator and ChessBase Magazine. His previous book for Gambit, Instructive Modern Chess Masterpieces, won the United States Chess Federation Cramer Award for Best Book.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Gambit Publications; 1st edition (September 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904600328
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904600329
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,570,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A.J. Goldsby I on October 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The book that I am reviewing is: "Garry Kasparov's Greatest Chess Games, Volume One," by GM Igor Stohl. (2005 - Gambit Publications)

My records indicate that I purchased this book in late August of this year, so I have had it for close to two months now. I am a LIFE-Master; chess is not only a hobby, but a passion for me as well. I also enjoy good chess books, and this one is a welcome addition to my collection.

This is a wonderful - if a little pricey - effort by the author of another work ... that I happen to like a lot. ("Instructive Modern Chess Masterpieces.") This is a beautiful hard-back volume, over 300 pages in length. (74 total games.) The book is superbly constructed and well laid out, there is an average of two diagrams per page, and I think there is enough analysis in here to satisfy even the most die-hard fan.

The author tells you that many of Kasparov's earliest efforts are not covered, and refers you to earlier chess works. (Like Kasparov's "The Test of Time.") This is unfortunate, as the average player will be unfamiliar with many of these great games, and some of the volumes that Stohl refers you to - are no longer in print.

I checked many of the games with a computer, I never found any serious mistakes in the author's analysis, and you can rest assured that most of his analysis was carefully checked with a modern computer program. I found the notes to be entertaining, instructive and informative.

Some of my favorite games (in this particular book) are:

# 1.) Kasparov - Tigran Petrosian; Bugojno; 1982. (Game # 18)

# 2.) Kasparov - Lajos Portisch; Niksic, 1983. (Game # 24)

# 3.) Robert Hübner - Kasparov; Brussels, 1986.(Game # 38.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Reader and big Kasparov fan on September 21, 2005
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GM Igor Stohl made his name as an author with Instructive Modern Chess Masterpieces, which was itself a masterpiece of annotated games from current day masters and grandmasters. In this latest ambitious project for the same publisher (Gambit) he has been allowed the freedom to retain his objective and straightforward style.

This is joy to read, one game a time, dipping in as the mood takes you. Stohl subjects 74 Kasparov brilliancies to intense scrutiny, and resists the temptation to sensationalize every move, or to pepper the book with exclamation points. He lets the games and moves do the talking.

In his younger days Kasparov played quite a variety of openings, and particularly useful is Stohl's overview of the theory, which he updates to the present day.

This is a terrific book, a classic even. Volume two is eagerly awaited.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Alan_Sutton on February 15, 2006
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Do you realise that it is nearly 20 years since a collection of Kasparov's games appeared? Remarkable but true. So such a book as this is certainly not premature, though one might think that the author was clairvoyant in view of the fact that its publication coincides with Kasparov's shock declaration of his retirement from competitive chess.

In this, the first of two volumes, the author takes 74 of Kasparov's best games from the period 1973-1993, and subjects them to a detailed analysis. The author is well known for his analytical writings, and has already had published by Gambit a collection of games (Instructive Modern Chess Masterpieces) based on his column in a Czech magazine.

In this book he has drawn on a wide variety of sources, including Kasparov's own annotations, and the emphasis lies in explaining the thought processes behind the moves. It is impossible for me to say anything about Kasparov that has not been said before, but for a reminder of the remarkable talent that now appears to be lost to the chess world I recommend that you simply read and enjoy!

This review first appeared in 'En Passant' magazine.
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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful By yudell on May 14, 2011
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This book is just what I was looking for. It arrived clean, and in great condition. I look froward to purchasing volume 2.
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3 of 14 people found the following review helpful By F. A. Lage Filho on October 4, 2005
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Well written and commented games (vol. I) from the greatest chess player ever (in my humble opinion).Some games did not stand the test of time (better moves have been found), but that does not remove value off this book.
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4 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Rindgen on February 28, 2006
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Stohl's book on Kasparov's greatest games, pre-1994, is terrific. The layout is easy to follow and the analysis sharp. I anxiously await volume 2.
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