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  1. "The 100 Best Games," (of the 20th Century).
    Maybe one of my very favorite chess books would have to be:

    <"The 100 Best Chess Games, of the 20th Century." (ranked) Hardback - by MacFarland Books, Copyright (c) 2000. ISBN: 0-7864-0926-6;> Library binding, :50# alkaline paper.

    <Andy Soltis is a prolific author,> ( he has written many books that I like. But this book is probably my #1 favorite of the multitude of chess books that he has had published over the years. [NO - the games are not all perfect ... and YES - there are mistakes in his analysis, any good engine ... (currently Jan. 2012) ... will readily reveal this.]

    But it is just the quality of the games (that he has chosen). Nobody, anywhere, ever brought games of this importance and interest (to the master-level player) to the general, chess-playing public.

    <Half of the games in this book, I have deeply analyzed,> many of these games I have created web pages on. (Look through the kibitzes - IF you are interested. Or - see the page, and look for my "Top Ten" list.)

    This Game Collection is NOT about me, but about Andy Soltis and the games. Some of these games are just as Soltis describes them ... quite simply 100 of perhaps the most beautiful, most artistic and simply wondrous chess games of the 20th Century.

    I am NOT asking you to agree with me or even agree with GM Andrew Soltis. All that I would like for you to do is to peruse these equisite chess pearls, and examine each one for yourself. If you do this - as I have done, many times - I have no doubt that you will be blown away by some of these historic, wonderful and exciting diamonds of the chess board. (Note: If you see asterisks next to the game, it means that - somewhere - I have a web page on that game and you could find it with any search engine. This is not a plug/ad for me, but just to let you know that I have deeply annotated many of the games on this list. <No other game collection - on this site - can make such a claim.>)


    [Asterisks - I use three, when there is enough room - indicate that I have a web page on that particular game. There are at least 25 games here that have independent web pages on one of my chess sites! I usually give the URL - for my web page - in the comments/kibitzing section ... found under the game.]

    100 games, 1902-1999

  2. 500 Master Games of Chess
    '500 Master Games of Chess' by Savielly Tartakower and Julius Du Mont.
    490 games, 1788-1938

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