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Games from World Chess Championship events are featured throughout chess literature. This page lists some key references from the literature. It is far from being exhaustive and is drawn from our meager collection of volumes at hand. Positions which are marked with a B on our other pages are linked to the corresponding reference on this page.

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And here's our bibliography...

Collections covering a single player

B My Best Games of Chess. 1924-37

A. Alekhine
David McKay, New York, 1965

B Botvinnik's Best Games 1947-1970

Mikhail Botvinnik
B.T.Batsford, London, 1972.
ISBN 0-7134-0694-1

B My 60 Memorable Games

Bobby Fischer
Simon and Schuster, New York, 1969.

B Bobby Fischer's Chess Games

Robert G. Wade and Kevin J.O'Connell
Doubleday, New York, 1972.
References are only to the annotated games in the book.

B Anatoly Karpov's Best Games

Anatoly Karpov
Batsford, London, 1996
ISBN 0-7134-7843-8

B The Complete Games of Paul Keres

Paul Keres
Arco, New York, 1964.
ISBN 0-688-02645-6

B Chess Is My Life

Viktor Korchnoi
B.T.Batsford, London, 1977.
ISBN 0 7134 1025 6

B Kramnik - my life and games

Vladimir Kramnik & Iakov Damsky
Everyman Publishers, London, 2000.
ISBN 1-85744-270-9

B 50 Udvalgte Partier

Bent Larsen
Samlerens Forlag, Copenhagen, 1969

B Emanuel Lasker : The Life of a Chess Master

Dr. J. Hannak
Dover, New York, 1959.
ISBN 0-486-26706-7

B Lasker's Greatest Chess Games

Fred Reinfeld and Reuben Fine
Dover, New York, 1965.
SBN 486-21450-8

B Petrosian's Best Games of Chess

G.Bell and Sons Ltd., London, 1964.

B My Best Games of Chess 1935-1957

V. V. Smyslov
Dover, New York, 1972.
ISBN 0-486-22835-5

B Boris Spassky - Master of Tactics

Bernard Cafferty
B.T. Batsford, London, 1991.
ISBN 0-7134-2409-5

B Boris Spassky 51 Annotated Games

Andrew Soltis
U.S.Chess Federation, Newburgh, N.Y., 1969

B The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal

Mikhail Tal
RHM Press, New York, 1976,
ISBN 0-89058-027-8

Collections covering many players and many events

B Chess Tactics for Advanced Players

Yuri Averbakh
Sportverlag, Berlin, 1986.
ISBN 3-328-00173-5

B Grandmasters in Profile

Dimitrije Bjelica
Sarajevo, 1973.

B Epic Battles of the Chessboard

R. N. Coles
David McKay, New York, 1971.

B Weltmeister lehren Schach

Jakow B. Estrin
Beyer Verlag, Hollfeld, 1979.
ISBN 3-921202-63-9

B The Development of Chess Style

Dr. M. Euwe
G.Bell and Sons, London, 1968.

B Meet the Masters

Dr. M. Euwe
Dover Publications, New York, 1975.

B Modern Chess Brilliancies

Larry Evans
Hypermodern Press, San Francisco, 1994
ISBN 1-886040-11-7

B The World's Greatest Chess Games

Reuben Fine
Dover, 1983
ISBN 0-486-24512-8

B International Championship Chess - A complete record of FIDE events

B.T.Batsford, 1974
ISBN 0 7134 2795 7

B Chess from Morphy to Botvinnik

Imre Koenig
Dover Publications, New York, 1977.
ISBN 0-486-23503-3

B Think Like a Grandmaster

Alexander Kotov
B.T.Batsford, London, 1971.
ISBN 0 7134 3160 1

B Play Like a Grandmaster

Alexander Kotov
B.T.Batsford, London, 1978.
ISBN 0 7134 1807 9

B Lasker's Manual of Chess

Dr. Emanuel Lasker
Dover Publications, New York, 1960.
SBN 486-20640-8

B Decisive Games in Chess History

Ludek Pachman
Dover Publications, New York, 1975.
ISBN 0-486-25323-6

B Chess - The Mechanics of the Mind

Helmut Pfleger and Gerd Treppner
The Crowood Press
ISBN 1-85223-127-0

B Endgame Strategy

M.I. Sherevesky
Pergamon Press, Oxford, 1985.
ISBN 0-08-029745-5

B 500 Master Games of Chess

Dr. S. Tartakower and J. Du Mont
Dover Publications, New York, 1975
ISBN 0-486-23208-5

B The Art of Chess Analysis

Jan Timman
R.H.M. Press, London, 1980.
ISBN 0-89058-048-0

Collections covering a single event

B Anatoly Karpov, His Road to the World Championship

Mikhail Botvinnik
Pergamon Press, Oxford, 1978.
ISBN 0-08-021138-0

B The Chess Struggle in Practice (Zurich Candidates Tournament 1953)

David Bronstein
David McKay, New York, 1978.
ISBN 0-679-14152-9

B Chess Scandals

E.B. Edmondson and M. Tal
Pergamon Press, Exeter, 1981.
ISBN 0 08 024145 X

B From Baguio to Merano

A. Karpov and V. Baturinsky
Pergamon Press, Exeter, 1986.
ISBN 0 08 032040 6

B Karpov - Korchnoi : Massacre in Merano

Raymond Keene
B.T.Batsford Ltd, London, 1981.
ISBN 0 7134 4254 9

Chess Informant

B Best 10 games each issue (#1-71)

In each issue of Chess Informant, 10 games from the previous issue are spotlighted as 'best games'. Of course, many of these games have been played in World Chess Championship competitions.

B Best game of each issue (#1-68)

From the 'best games', these were judged the single 'best game' from the previous issue.

B Best 10 games of first 30 years (#1-64); Judges' and Readers' choices

In 1996, Chess Informant ran a competition to determine the best games from its first 30 years of publication. These games were drawn from the best game of each issue and covered issues 1 through 64. These games were selected by the Judges, by the Readers, or by both.

B Best 500 games from issues 1-71.

To mark the release of the Chess Informant Reader software, the Chess Informant editors compiled a selection of 500 best games from issues 1 through 71. One game was chosen from each opening classification (A00-E99) and included in the selection. More than 80 games were from World Chess Championship competitions.



Some time ago, we compiled a collection of 64 of the best games ever played. Here's the complete collection . The last game in the collection was played in 1987, so there are a few games that could be replaced by others played since then. In any case, it's a reasonable overview of the best chess games ever played.

B Andy Soltis "The Best Ever" Chess Life 1995-02 p.14

"A highly personal list of the 20 games worth remembering from the last half of this century." Here's the complete collection .

World Chess Championship Index.
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