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  1. 10 Sep '11 02:00
    A comment in another thread got me thinking about who I deem the best annotators.
    From the top of my head I came up with this top ten,more or less in order of preference

    1.Svetozar Gligoric
    2.Savielly Tartakower
    3.Jan Timman/Max Euwe
    4.Mikhail Tal
    5.Pal Benko
    6.Viktor Bologan
    7.Peter H. Clarke
    8.Danny King/Andrew Burnett
    9.Danny Kopec
    10.Steve Giddins

    Ok,I cheated a little to get 12 names in
  2. 10 Sep '11 02:52 / 1 edit
    1.Golombek
    2.Chernev
    3.Soltis
    4.Keres
    5.Stean
    6.Zeigler
    7.Weteschnik
    8.Vasiliev
    9.Mednis
    10.Kotov
  3. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    10 Sep '11 03:02
    1. John Nunn
    2. David Bronstein
    3. Ken Smith/John Hall
    4. Edward Gufeld
    5. Nigel Davies
    6. Yasser Seirawan
  4. 10 Sep '11 05:04
    Originally posted by Paul Leggett
    1. John Nunn
    2. David Bronstein
    3. Ken Smith/John Hall
    4. Edward Gufeld
    5. Nigel Davies
    6. Yasser Seirawan
    1.Nunn
    2.Tal
    3.Fischer
  5. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    11 Sep '11 04:12
    Originally posted by Paul Leggett
    1. John Nunn
    2. David Bronstein
    3. Ken Smith/John Hall
    4. Edward Gufeld
    5. Nigel Davies
    6. Yasser Seirawan
    I should have added Ray Keene to my list- his Flank Openings book is one of the best I have ever read.
  6. 11 Sep '11 04:47
    I've always enjoyed these guys.

    Tartakower, Tarrasch, Clarke, Purdy, Alekhine, Reinfeld, Chernev.

    (Recently added Keres & Soltis to that lot.)

    Francis J. Wellmuth is also good (A Golden Treasury of Chess).
    90% of the games have no notes at all.
    Sometimes it better to read nothing and just enjoy the game.
  7. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    11 Sep '11 04:51
    Originally posted by Paul Leggett
    I should have added Ray Keene to my list- his Flank Openings book is one of the best I have ever read.
    And I can't believe I left Andrew Martin off this list! His Winning with the King's Indian book is equal parts entertaining and extremely instructive. One is almost left with the impression that he wrote the book just for you as you read it.
  8. 11 Sep '11 04:54 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by Paul Leggett
    And I can't believe I left Andrew Martin off this list! His Winning with the King's Indian book is equal parts entertaining and extremely instructive. One is almost left with the impression that he wrote the book just for you as you read it.
    Has Spassky never written a chess book?
  9. 11 Sep '11 05:10
    Originally posted by tomtom232
    1.Nunn
    2.Tal
    3.Fischer
    4.CJS Purdy forgot about him. The best endgame articles I've ever read.
  10. Subscriber Ragwort
    Ex Duris Gloria
    11 Sep '11 08:41
    Slightly at a tangent but my nomination for this week's best annotation prize is User 495654

    for the line:- "the pawn fork is my favorite form of mental torture to opponent who slap their forehead at their lax analysis"

    commenting on his 14th move in Annotation 1499