An invitation to write for the respected Russian series "Famous chess players of the world", which included books on world champions and other top grandmasters in history, was an honour one could not refuse. And in 1981, my book with 105 selected games was published in Moscow with a printing of 100,000 copies. It was called I Play Against Pieces - words taken from an interview I gave to the editor.
The unusual title referred to chess as an art and a clean struggle of ideas, thereby trying to ignore the less dignified influence of psychology and personal conflicts.
The second updated edition in Serbo-Croat (with 120 games) appeared in Belgrade in 1989, with a printing of 3,000 copies.
Now here is a further enlarged edition in English with 130 selected games, covering the period 1939-2001. To make the reader's task easier, the games are classified by openings, in chronological order. This is to help the reader utilise the commentaries more effectively and hopefully also gain a deeper understanding of the opening lines under discussion.
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