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Chess Strategy

3.43  ·  Rating Details  ·  111 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
One of a half-dozen great theoretical works in chess, shows principles of action above and beyond moves. Acclaimed by Capablanca, Keres, and other greats.
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Published (first published January 1st 1915)
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Zachary
Not terrible. The theory is solid for beginner/intermediate players but the notation he uses ("Descriptive" versus modern Algebraic notation) is cumbersome & outdated, and unless you have a photographic memory, the example problems are hard to visualize from beginning to end (the awkward notation compounds this problem.)

Fortunately, online/video resources exist to supplement the material and help remediate this limitation.
Cormac Zoso
This is the best strategy book in my opinion. It starts at an intermediate level (perhaps a bit below) and as you work through it, you rise up to I'm guessing a 1200-1400 level or so (just a rough guess). Lasker brings the strategy to life and this is a book I have genuinely worn out working through these best-remembered lesson and am nearly due for a new copy.

You'll want this one for yourself or the more advanced player you know.
Jim
Feb 16, 2011 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book presents more advanced chess principles, and it's a little hefty for a beginner (or a 7 year old, as I was the first time I borrowed my Dad's chess books), but for a more experienced player looking to improve their game, it's a pretty good resource - I did start getting more out of it as I got older, although it was never one of my personal favorites.
Emilio
Feb 06, 2008 Emilio rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chess enthusiasts
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Another one that's a bit textbook-ish for me (I get enough of it in school), but the principles laid out are concrete and succint. A good read for the accomplished and dedicated chess players I know.
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