The Master Game

Whilst I don’t care much for watching television there have been occasional things that were really worth watching. From a chess point of view the undoubted highlight was The Master Game. The way this was done, with the players providing realistic commentary, has never been equalled in TV chess presentation. Even some non players have told me that they found it very entertaining.

Fortunately there are now many Master Game clips on Youtube, the following being one of my favorites. Viktor Korchnoi together with Vlastimil Hort were two of the most entertaining participants and their commentaries always contained some great insights.

Here’s the second part:

There are also a couple of books of different Master Game Series, both of which are worth getting in my opinion. Plus another great source of this kind of commentary is the book of the second Piatigorsky Cup played in Santa Monica in 1966.

Where these differ from most collections of annotated games is that the players say what they were ACTUALLY thinking during the games, there’s no dressing it up. And given their educational value I’m amazed that more such material hasn’t been produced.


Author: NigelD

Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: