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My 60 Memorable Games Paperback – April 7, 2009
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Bobby Fischer was the first and only American to win the official World Chess Championship. Today many consider him the greatest player of all time.
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Unfortunately, when it was later re-edited and issued in an algebraic edition, something happened to Fischer's original annotations. The editors apparently 'revised' them, and the effect was - as Fischer vehemently complained in a recent radio interview - to make him look like "a patzer." He claims that the new annotations are riddled with errors and could never have come from his hand.
Since 'My 60 Memorable Games' is as about important to students of chess as Shakespeare's plays are to students of literature, it would be nice to be able to tell readers to avoid the mutilated algebraic edition and to make sure they get a reprint of the earlier and untampered-with edition of the book. Unhappily neither edition appears to be available. Both have been allowed to go out of print and remain out of print.
One is left wondering just who is keeping this masterpiece off the market. And why...?
When I first decided on aquiring this literary masterpiece, I was quite under the impression that there would be a higher annotation:move ratio. I was wrong, but perhaps that is a good thing.
There is a plethora of chess enlightenment within the pages. Knowledge isn't spoon-fed to you, as in many lower-level books, but there are excellent annotations which let us peek into the mind of a chess legend. A chess legend whom, if you are reading this page, you probably adore.
The games are ones which Bobby Fischer considers memorable, so therefore they must be pretty great, right? They are!
Still, as I mentioned, the annotations aren't spoon-fed to you, so you won't be getting anything out of simply playing over the moves really quickly and glancing at the annotations. You actually have to sit in front of Fischer's opponent and contemplate the moves through Fischer's eyes.
C.S.Purdy once said,"If the student forces himself to examine all moves that smite, however absurd they may look at first glance, he is on the way to becoming a master of tactics."
I quote him, because, a lot of Fischer's moves come out of nowhere. When going over Bobby's games in endeavor to guess which move comes next, calculating the bizarre moves is beneficial.
It's an excellent book if you are a dedicated chess player. Casual chess players won't get nearly as much out of it. In other words, if chess is your hobby, you won't get as much out of it. If chess is your life, then stop reading customer reviews, and just go ahead and purchase the book!
Before reading this book I disdained studying any Fischer games because I believed he couldn't have been a good player for dropping out of competitive chess. Reading this book completely changed my opinion now I consider him my favorite chess player of all time. What makes this game collection so good it was written by Fischer himself. No chess writer can give you a better insight than the man who actually played the games. Fischer's commentary to his games is refreshing bringing his games to life with humor, brutal honesty and humbleness often stating where he made mistakes and could have played better. It shows Bobby's genius to remember the emotional and phycological ups and downs to his games played years before henceforth the title.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cover: nice thick paper
Paper used for the text: good quality yellowish paper;
Binding: poor binding, which makes it uncomfortable to read;
This book uses Figurine algebraic notation (FAN) and so the notation is very hard to read on the Kindle. I returned this purchase immediately because of FAN. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Science Ninja
No chess library is complete with either the 1969 or 2009 edition of this book (there was another edition in between that is not worth owning). Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ralph C.
I've not had much time to read it yet but it's on most lists of great chess books.Published 5 months ago by Robert Murdoch
Let's be clear: the one star is for this Kindle edition only. Whatever one thinks of Fischer, MSMG is a masterpiece. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bill Brock