I have read a few of chess books, but this is hands down the best one I have read so far. Mikhail Botvinnik is regarded as the father of the Soviet School of Chess, and his scientific method and approach to the game is on display in every single game.
When I bought the book – I thought it would be nice if I could go through fifty games because reading chess books is usually not that easy for me, and 100 seemed like a very daunting number. I was able to go through all hundred games without any difficulty, and in fact even looked forward to my daily commute because that’s when I was reading this book!
I believe the best way to absorb the content of this book is to play along and try to predict the moves Botvinnik would have made. This is probably the way to read any chess book of this nature, and will greatly enhance your understanding of the moves and the principles behind them. The book is written using old notation, and while that may make it harder for some – to me it makes it just all the more charming.
Since the book is a selection of 100 interesting games – there are no draws in the hundred games, and this is very good because I know that while you can always learn something from every game of a world champion – it isn’t always very entertaining.
Everyone who enjoys chess no matter at what level they are can definitely enjoy this book.