The English Chess Federation commented on the book:
“The book can be read on several levels – as a dramatic story, or as providing insights into opening theory, or as great games enhanced by deep analytical annotations. Kasparov succeeds triumphantly in illuminating every aspect of this historic struggle. He is establishing as formidable a reputation as an author, as he did as a player.”
Ivan Sokolov’s Winning Chess Middle Games (New in Chess) was adjudge as the second best.