Top positive review
Makes Chess Fun, Easy and Insightful, as it was meant to be.
12 January 2018
I read this book in college many years back. Recently bought it for my kids. It's a classic book that'll never go out of fashion. The lessons I'd learned then came alive again and I was surprised to find that my game has actually grown as the basic principles learned then had grown through all that time!!
An excellent book that teaches basics to intermediate level stuff in a fun and easy way. The authors bring their varied expertise in chess, psychology to transform a knotty subject into a straightforward and simple one.
It differs from most chess books in using pictures to slowly build the insight into the game in a step by step incremental approach.
It has the right balance of strategy Vs tactics needed to pay the game proficiently.
Most beginners use singles pieces until they are killed off. Many pieces are not developed or utilized.
This book shows the tactical and strategic advantages of using your pieces in combinations.
From humble pawns (yours or the opponents) to empty or inconvenient places on the board. It teaches you to think on your feet in any given position and muster your forces and project their might singly or in combination on your opponent.
The king too is shown to be no slow poke when it comes to end games and in many cases can support the other pieces to finish the game in your favour.
It does that by presenting different board positions with simple questions to increase judgement by solving.
It also has short board quizzes to do check mate in 1 move (and 2, 3 or 4 moves) that is critical to finish games.
By drawing on and leveraging all the things taught in the book one can enjoy and evaluate games of others as well.