Readers are invited to a brilliant book of the famous Romanian grandmaster Mikhail Marina, who was recognized as the best chess book of the year in the United States. The author examines those aspects of the work of the great chess players, in which they were undeniably the strongest. By carefulness and depth of analysis, Marina's work is in line with the famous works of Garry Kasparov. The first part of the book is devoted to A. Rubinstein, A. Alekhin, M. Bot- Vinnik and M. Tal . In the second part, the work of T. Petro- Rosyans, R. Fisher, A. Karpov and V. Korchnoi is considered. The book ends with a chapter with instructive examples from the practice of the current champion of the world of Magnus Carlsen. The textbook will be useful not only for a wide circle of chess fans, but also for specialists.