Beginning Chess Play
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Beginning Chess Play

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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.
Paperback, 2nd Edition, 144 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by Cardoza (first published July 1st 1994)
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Matt
Jan 28, 2013 Matt rated it 2 of 5 stars
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As an introduction to chess, as the title advertises, this is a good book. It walks you through what the pieces do, terms for basic tactics, and then wraps up with a couple example games. The first example game is one player dominating another, which allows for a show of how basic strategy and tactics excel over just being smart and understanding how the pieces work. And the second game is a little bit closer, giving a much better idea of how a game between two people familiar with chess but not...more
Jack Cheng
I bought this when Austin showed an interest in chess. It's not at the level of a 7 year old, but it helped remind me of the rules (castling on the queen side...) and very nicely explained rules I never really mastered (en passant).

The only other chess book I remember reading was a Bobby Fischer book that was essentially a series of endgame puzzles. I never understood how to get to the endgame. This book explains it. There are two valuable games annotated to explain the strategies, as well as ta...more
Phil
It has been almost 30 years since I played any chess, not that I was ever a committed player. So my skills were not merely rusty - they were frozen. After having looked at several books (none of which have I listed on Goodreads), I found one just the one that dissolved the rust and ignited a spark. Besides the usual baby-steps of how the pieces are moved, Robertie moved the reader into games, analyzing each move in detail, as well as challenging the reader into considering alternative moves and...more
Christy
Start here! If you read and absorb everything in this thin little book, you will beat almost everybody you come across. There are two other Robertie books that are also very good for beginners: “Winning Chess Tactics” and “Master Checkmate Strategy” (although “master” doesn’t imply “grandmaster;” it’s also a beginners’ book.)
Amar Pai
Needs to be an ebook with move by move diagrams. I find algebraic notation hard to follow, and it's not convenient to play it out move by move on a real chessboard. For space reasons traditional books can't diagram out every move. This is a perfect example of how ebooks could be more than just glorified PDFs...
Ginny
Good basic introduction to chess. Covers the rules, but I picked it up for a beginning look at tactics and strategy. Also includes two nicely annotated sample games. Helpful for the very beginner or the person, like me, who has known chess rules for some time but never learned how to actually *win*.
Michael
This was a good book, but of the three I had to learn about chess, this was the least useful....
Chad Jalandoni
Good read for learning basic general strategy, beginning, middle, and endgame.
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