The battle for the World Chess Championship has witnessed numerous titanic struggles which have engaged the interest not only of chess enthusiasts but of the public at large. The chessboard is the ultimate mental battleground and the world champions themselves are supreme intellectual gladiators. This magnificent compilation of play from the early days of chess forms the basis of the first part of Garry Kasparov's definitive history of the World Chess Championship. Kasparov, who is universally acclaimed as the greatest chessplayer ever, subjects the play of his early predecessors to a rigorous analysis. However, this book more than just a compilation of play of the early greats of chess. His biographies of the early champions places them in a fascinating historical, political and cultural context. He explains how each champion brought his own distinctive style to the chessboard and enriched the theory of the game with new ideas.