Paperback, 416 pages: 2012 (second revised edition) MPG Books
One Hundred Annotated Games of Chess from 1900 to 1999
A beautiful annotated games collection - featuring one hundred games from the twentieth century - presented chronologically with one game per year. Indexed by opening name, player name and ECO code.
This unique collection of games - one from each year of the twentieth century - is more than a look back at the games themselves. It is a welcome return to the way chess game anthologies were lovingly crafted in the middle years of the century. There is no bewildering morass of variations, as in all too many 21st century works. It is as readable as it is well-written, with verbal descriptions which enhance the aesthetic quality of the games, penned by a true enthusiast with insight into the prevailing chess culture as well as the ideas behind the moves.
Jonathan Hinton's A Gnat May Drink struck a chord with chess lovers when released in 1999: the print run sold out almost instantly and it is not hard to see why. It features some of the most famous games of chess ever played as well as some little-known but delightful gems. It will appeal to a new generation of readers as well as those whose memories go back to the classic chess anthologies of the 1950s and 1960s.
'It is a sumptuously produced volume and succeeds admirably in its objective - to entertain.' John Saunders - British Chess Magazine