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This great book for beginning players and even children presents easy one and two move checkmates that are not only challenging and lots of fun but great training tools. Set up for quick learning, Grandmaster Evans presents 100 basics mating situations in large-sized, easy-to-understand diagrams—no chess notation is used at all! The reader is asked to solve the mate, and then shown how to solve... read more
Susan Polgar, 4-time World Chess Champion, became a living legend by following the methods taught by her father, Laszlo Polgar, the famous Hungarian chess coach. In A World Champion's Guide to Chess, Susan reveals these masterful tactics and techniques to players of all ages. With coauthor Paul Truong, an 11-time National Champion, she begins with the basics of understanding how the pieces move... read more
This chess training course has been designed for individuals and groups, adults and children. Knowledge of the rules is all that is assumed in this book, written by an English International Master. There are exercises to keep the faster pupils occupied, and give slower ones reinforcement.
Try this "first course" on chess, with its many diagrams and step-by-step examples of chess rules and strategies to prepare for play. It teaches you how to attack, defend, and move quickly toward checkmate. Special sections cover tactics for every phase of the game, and give strategic approaches for each chess figure. Finally, case studies take you move by move through crucial situations you're... read more
Beginning Chess
Make the first move with National Master Bruce Pandolfini in this accessible guide for beginner players.  Pandolfini has taught the game of chess to hundreds of players of all ages and levels.  "Beginning Chess" is his collection of lessons for newcomers.  What makes this book different from others of its kind is its simplicity. Every problem can be answered in one move, and no problem requires... read more
Designed for beginning and novice players, this step-by-step guide to chess uses more than 100 actual chess diagrams to demonstrate how to play the game. Players learn the basic principles of opening, middle and end game strategies; development and pawn structure; checkmate; and more.
Chess For Dummies is for anyone who wants to become a better chess player. Whether you’ve been playing chess for years or never played at all, this clearly written and easy-to-understand guide will help you to Apply the rules of chess to maximize winning Understand the lingo involved in the game Find other players who are just about at your own level Teach others how to play the game Explore... read more
Learn Chess
Assuming no prior chess knowledge, this book from highly renowned author and Grandmaster John Nunn contains everything you need to know in order to become a successful chess-player. "Learn Chess" takes a step-by-step approach and contains topics such as winning your first games, how to win material, attacking play, and describes all the phases of a chess game.
Learn Chess in 40 Hours
To achieve success in chess, a little talent is required, but it is even more important to have a thorough grounding in the different aspects of the game. This volume, which has sold well over a hundred thousand copies in its German edition, proceeds from the simple to the difficult, from checkmating with a couple of pieces to strategic planning. It has been used in numerous adult education... read more
Learn Chess: A Complete Course
This book provides everything you need to know to get started in chess. The first part is devoted to first principles, explaining the rules and basic strategies, whilst the second develops a thorough understanding of the various winning methods, and includes a systematic study of openings, an introduction to attacking techniques, and a guide to fundamental endgame themes.
Mensa Guide to Chess
You don't have to be a genius to enjoy chess. The practical instruction provided here can help anyone progress from first timer or novice to capable intermediate in 30 days, while instilling an understanding of the game's fundamentals, and providing a strong foundation for future advancement. The game's history, the basic moves for each piece, and strategies for openings, middle game and endgame... read more
Portable Chess Coach
This entertaining guide for beginners of all ages is like a human chess coach. It clearly explains the basic rules and moves, opening strategies, middle game and endgame, plus the basic tactics and combinations to give you the willing edge. As you glide through the text, Judee helps you along with review questions practice puzzles and instructive games and shows you the 10 most common beginner’s... read more
Square One
From ever-popular instructor Bruce Pandolfini comes this entertaining, interactive and effective book for teaching young chessplayers  and other newcomers to the game.  Filled with hundreds of questions and answers, fill-in-the-blanks, and true-or-false posers, Square One combines traditional chess drills with diverting games and problems to stimulate the analytical skills of beginners of all... read more
Start Playing Chess Today
Take large diagrams, straightforward instruction and helpful tips and quizzes and what do you have? The winning formula for a quick and easy way to play chess today. Perfect for players new to the game, the author explains the basics of chess and each piece’s characteristics how they move, their relative value and how they can be used to checkmate opponents. Players also learn the basic concepts... read more
starting chess
This is one of the simplest books ever written on how to play chess! Part one deals with how the chessmen move and capture; the objects of the game; what is checkmate; and the values of the different chessmen. Everything is described step by step, with plenty of examples, simple exercises and several diagrams at every stage. Part two is an introduction to the main ways in which the chessmen can... read more
Starting Out In Chess
International Master Byron Jacobs provides newcomers to the chess with a thorough grounding in the fundamental principles of the game. In this book he takes the novice player to the standard at which they can enjoy a friendly or competitive game. Learn chess from scratch or brush up on the basics. This guide has a user-friendly design for ease of learning and makes an ideal chess book for players... read more
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Chess
Written by a U.S. Chess Champion, International Chess Grandmaster, and longtime instructor Patrick Wolff, this book includes information for both novice and expert, including hundreds of diagrams throughout.  With comprehensive instruction on the same winning tactics and strategies used by the Grandmasters, this book is great allround book for the beginner or the champ, and for young and old.