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  1. A First Book of Morphy
    All the games from the book "A first book of Morphy" in the order presented in the book.

    Games 1 - 30: Opening.
    Games 31 - 52: Middlegame.
    Games 53 - 69: Endgame.

    69 games, 1848-1984

  2. A First Book of Morphy by Frisco Del Rosario
    The collection contains all the games featured in A First Book of Morphy by Frisco del Rosario. Comments correspond to the chapter titles, sometimes abbreviated.
    69 games, 1848-1984

  3. Alekhine - My Best Games of Chess 1908-1937
    "My Best Games of Chess 1908-1937" by Alexander Alekhine. Two Volumes Bound as One. Dover Edition 1985.

    GAME 49 (Alekhine vs. Gofmeister, 1917) cannot be added into this collection due to the fact that it is an incomplete fragment of an odds game.

    219 games, 1906-1937

  4. Art of the Middle Game (Keres/Kotov)
    'The Art of the Middle Game' by Paul Keres and Alexander Kotov. Translated and edited by Harry Golombek.
    46 games, 1914-1961

  5. Capablanca's Best Chess Endings (Irving Chernev)
    Games from Irving Chernev's "Capablanca's Best Chess Endings"

    The opening of a game is important - and hundreds of books are written on the opening. The opening leads to the midgame. The midgame is important - and hundreds of books are written on the midgame. The midgame leads to the endgame. The endgame is important - and *no books are written on the endgame*!

    Yes, there are books, but they concern themselves with composed endings, or with theoretical (and for the most part artificial) positions. The composed endings are admittedly beautiful, but they are of limited value, as they have no relationship to practical play. Of the theoretical positions, many have their uses, but one must sift the wheat from the chaff. TO what use can we put such knowledge as the procedure for mating with a Knight and Bishop, or with the two Bishops, when an opportunity to do so may not occur in a lifetime? And why burden our minds with the manner of forcing mate with three knights (believe-it-or-not) or winning with four minor pieces against a Queen (sans Pans) when such positions as these have never yet been seen on land or sea? Capablanca himself says : "In order to improve your game, you must study the endgame before anything else; for whereas the endings can be studied and mastered by themselves, the middlegame and the opening must be studied in relation to the endgame." There are no books on endings from real life, no books from the practices of masters in actual play, let alone from the practice of a single master. This fact alone is enough to justify this book of endings, selected from the tournament and match play of the greatest endgame virtuoso the world has ever seen - the immortal Capablanca. Here are wondrous endings to enchant the reader, endings of breathtaking artistry. Here are endings of astonishing accuracy, whose relentless logic will inspire the earnest student to emulate a similar technique - the technique of seeking a clear-cut, efficient win, instead of a display of fireworks. The games are given in full, in order to show how a slight advantage acquired in the early stages, is carried forward and exploited in the endgame. I have annotated the endings in detail (a consideration they have rarely received before) for the better appreciation of the fine points of Capablanca's play, and have given credit to those who have anticipated my findings.

    -- Irving Chernev

    60 games, 1901-1936

  6. Chess Praxis (Nimzowitsch)
    'Chess Praxis' by Aron Nimzowitsch.
    Translated by Robert Sherwood.
    100 games, 1907-1928

  7. Garry Kasparov's On My Great Predecessors (1A)
    Games featured in Kasparov's Book (Volume 1)
    102 games, 1834-1934

  8. Instructive Games of Chess by Chernev
    Thanks to the person I copied this from.(uglybird I think) I have a modern Algebraic Edition as well as a cool old Dover Edition with great photos of these superstars from the past. I enjoy the titles that Chernev attached to the games.
    62 games, 1873-1961

  9. New York 1924 - Alekhine
    110 games, 1924

  10. Stean's Simple Chess
    Games from Simple Chess by Michael Stean, edited for and translated into Modern Notation by Fred Wilson.
    30 games, 1907-2010

  11. Why Lasker Matters by Andrew Soltis
    This collection gathers the 100 games annotated in Andrew Soltis' 2006 book, _Why Lasker Matters_. Soltis sums up Lasker as follows:

    "[Lasker] employed many of the techniques that have become common today. He violated general principles when he felt confident in doing so. He played "practical" moves. He focused on specifics, such as targets, rather than the theoretical. He didn't calculate what didn't need to be calculated. He realized the clock was the 33rd piece. He complicated before his position got bad. He took calculated risks. He sacrificed for purely positional compensation. He used tactics to advance positional goals.

    It used to be said that Lasker, unlike his contemporaries, formed no school of thought. But we're all his students."

    100 games, 1889-1936

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