Sally Simpson: Hi King's Domain.
Of course you knew the answer (or it a fantastic coincidence.) - well done!
It is indeed ' "The Mammoth Book of Chess".
They used the Morphy at the Opera game to show all the different ways of recording a game from short algebraic, to long descriptive to Correspondence notation (where 1.e4 is 5254).
In the 3rd edition this was all gone. (I've no idea if it is or is not in the 2nd edition....Anybody?)
No Morphy game in the Mammoth book of the World's Greatest Games.
But it is the 'World's Greatest Games' not the most 'Famous Games.'
Also if 100 hundred Kibitzers on here drew up a list of the 10 greatest games placed in any order I doubt if any two list would contain the same 10 games.
The 'Immortal' and 'The Evergreen' make it in the book. Two games I'd leave out, also in is Adams - Torre, New Orleans 1920. Which even this site and the Mammoth authors admit was probably analysis. (leave it in as the World's Greatest Composed Game!)
E Z Adams vs Carlos Torre, 1920
I'm wondering if the cold dark hand of Dr. John Nunn, one of the co-authors, was at work here.
Dr John has gone on record as saying he did not like the Morphy Game.
" One of my pet hates is the choice of games for beginnersí books. There are certain standard examples that tend to be repeated in book after book.
In many beginnersí books, you will find the game Morphy vs Count Isouard and the Duke of Brunswick, played during a performance of the Paris Opera in 1858.
Itís not an especially good game, as one might expect when the strongest player of his day confronts two duffers.
Moreover, it has always seemed to me faintly incredible that authors couldnít find a relevant example less than 140 years old.
In this book, every game and game extract is from the twentieth century (indeed, only two are earlier than 1950).
The style of chess played today is quite different from that of 1858, and while some of the differences are subtle, there is no reason why players should not be exposed to contemporary chess thought from the beginning."
(pages 4-5 of his book 'Learn Chess.')
Fair enough. That was in the introduction
1. Why Learn Chess
And Dr. John starts with:
"Chess is a game with a long history."
Hang on...then why only two pre-1950 games.