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Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  1,254 ratings  ·  114 reviews
This book is essentially a teaching machine. The way a teaching machine works is: It asks you a question. If you give the right answer, it goes on to the next question. If you give the wrong answer, it tells you why the answer is wrong and tells you to go back and try again.
This is called "programmed learning". The real authors were experts and authorities in the field of
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Published August 1st 1982 by Bantam Books (first published January 1st 1966)
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Michael Yes. But it has only a somewhat narrow scope: true, it boasts an easy way to learn a limited set of mating patterns, but neglects opening theory,…moreYes. But it has only a somewhat narrow scope: true, it boasts an easy way to learn a limited set of mating patterns, but neglects opening theory, tactical patterns and more. It's easy to follow and you don't need to have a chessboard at hand.(less)
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Dec 04, 2013 James rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: beginning chess players
Note to readers looking for a little light reading enjoyment on a sunny afternoon: "Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess" is not the book you're looking for. It has two woefully undeveloped main characters, with poor distinction between protagonist and antagonist. These mysterious main characters, known only as "White" and "Black", have the sole purpose of meddling constantly in the affairs of thirty-two minor characters, also lacking more than cursory description or much development. With "mating" being ...more
I really love "Bobby Fischer teaches chess". It introduces several key concepts, such as pinning, back-rank attacks, interposing etc., and after each concept there are lots of puzzles. In the puzzles you have to determine how to accomplish checkmate, if it's checkmate even possible or if it can be avoided (as the defender), always by the means that has just been explained (except for the mixed-bag exercises). This really drives home the points and forces you to learn.

In a real game, you start t
Jul 03, 2011 Michael rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Beginning and intermediate chess players
Recommended to Michael by: Serendipity
Shelves: chess
This book is about the one thing Bobby Fisher undeniably knew well - chess (this review will not comment on his ideas on other subjects). It is an excellent tutorial for improvement, and will work for chess players at any level, or even those who have never played. Fisher's premise is that the object of the game is to achieve checkmate, therefore the most basic thing to learn is how to do so. For me, this was an excellent shift in perception - whereas before my game focused on immediate concerns ...more
Robert Postill
This is the first chess book I've read cover-to-cover and as such it's a very interesting read. The material is well presented and clear. The book doesn't contain much prose, it's essentially a long stream of puzzles for the reader to follow. The puzzles build in difficulty and between the advancement of the puzzles and repetition the underlying concept starts to become clear. As a mode of interaction I found that very pleasant. Certainly my back-rank mating skills are markedly improved having r ...more
This book would be better titled "Bobby Fischer Teaches a Very Limited Set of Mating Positions." It does a good job of teaching a person to recognize opportunities for checkmate. What it doesn't do is teach chess. There is nothing here about openings, middle-games, or principles of end-games like passed pawns, stalemates, etc.

The presentation style is good, and the book does a good job of teaching the very limited set of mating positions that it bothers to present. And it's short. But don't expe
Bobby Fischer Teaches Back Rank Mates would be a more accurate title, and a title that included the other two coauthors would be more accurate still. But never mind the cover. This is a handy little course in beginner's-level tactics. The coauthors use their method of "programmed instruction," a series of bite-sized exercises, each with immediate feedback to reinforce each lesson. The scope is limited, but the method is self-paced and engaging. It has me thinking about using programmed instructi ...more
I picked this book up at a Garage sale like four years ago and started reading it on a trip to Atlanta. It was a back-up book because I didn't have anyone regular to play Chess with and hone my skills on. The book itself is a well written guide on how to improve your personal chess game which is peppered with anecdotes and examples from the life and career of Grand Master Bobby Fischer. I first heard about this dude due to the film "Searching for Bobby Fischer." I've never been a chess prodigy, ...more
It’s truly a remarkable book. It is a well-presented book for beginners in chess (like me). It contains various puzzles along with clear instructions. Readers will find themselves in complex situations, and they will have to come up with solutions and moves on the chessboard, like Bobby Fischer used to. It also contains puzzles based on Bobby Fischer’s own game. At every step, the author asks you a question. The right answer takes you to the next question, whereas the incorrect answer takes you ...more
Absolute *BEST* book for teaching simple concepts that work nearly *ALL* the time, by one of the *greatest* chess players of all time. And there are some who should know.. that Bobby Fischer may have been THE greatest chess player of all time. And this may possibly be the greatest chess teaching book of all time.

Instead of lists of chess moves that require heavy memorization.. this book is a simple picture book with minimal text, that has a simple question and answer teaching system. And *that*
Mar 12, 2015 Sarath added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sarath by: Suresh Anand
An amazing book for chess beginners from the greatest chess player of all time, Bobby Fisher. Fischer, like all other great chess players in history, believes that end-games should be the prime focus of any tyro of chess. So, this book is all about chess end-games where Fischer tests the reader's understanding with a myriad of puzzles (many from his own games). En-passant pawns, back-rank mate, my personal favorite 'knight mating net', and many other techniques covered along-with Fischer's brill ...more
a very basic book, fun to read!!! the book starts with the discussion about basic movements of pawns and pieces. Then it proceeds to discuss basic bank rank mating patterns and defense techniques. If you are a beginner in chess and if you like to improve your game, this would be a really good one to start with! very very easy to read and fun to solve. I am basic learner in chess and I managed to finish reading the book without working out the patterns on a chess board, not even once! I definitel ...more
Excellent guide for learning to play the world master Bobby Fischer
Ibrahim 3bd El-latef
very good for absolute beginners
The first 60 pages are as good a "How To/For Beginners" as you'll find anywhere and alone are worth the price tag if you need a How To. After that it's almost entirely back-rank mate puzzles which is a bit disappointing, although to be fair I got several of them wrong for going too fast and not focussing; My downfall during regular play as well.

Nothing about minor piece tactics & strategy...Knights v Bishops, advance posts and support points. (Also, this is the only book I've seen that value
Murilo Andrade
The most basic chess book I've ever read, yet one of the most important.

Mainly focused on tactics, specially back-rank mates, it approaches chess teaching in a bottom up way, teaching first the most common tactics and threats used at the end of the game.

Weirdly, this book is read from both ways! Is starts normally, only on odd-numbered pages, and ends upside-down, only on even-numbered pages ! Fischer was really one of a kind!
This is the first book about chess I've ever read. I don't know what I was expecting (nothing, perhaps).

Very suitable for beginners like me. The book is centred exclusively in checkmates. I knew beforehand many of the techniques by experience, I just needed to put them the name (pin, discovered check, etc.). However, I've learnt new things. Until now I wouldn't have considered a queen sacrifice EVER. Now, I'm more open minded about it (as long as it leads to checkmate, of course).

I don't know if
Akash Goel
The book is filled with hundreds of scenarios, but almost all of them are about either mating the opponent, or getting out of check. While this makes it highly entertaining, it also did nothing great to improve my main game, only that I became aware of many ways to checkmate my opponent in less than 4 moves. Not recommended for learning basic piece development.
Feb 21, 2008 James rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children, adolescents, and adults starting out as chess players
A good introductory primer on chess tactics. It is basic, but at that level it works. The format is to present a chess position and ask the reader to decide how to achieve a checkmate or some other gain in a couple of moves; each problem is presented on one page with the answer on the next page, on the right-hand side of the book - once you've gone through it, you turn it over, as it continues back through the book on the other pages in the same way. The problems slowly get progressively more te ...more
Michael Tildsley
I've recently taken up chess as a hobby. Very good book that takes you from the fundamentals through all the main ideas behind mating, mating combinations, and some basic openings and defenses. I learned a lot from reading it, and I know I will learn more through studying and internalizing some of the ideas.
A very good step-by-step introduction to chess that leads to back-row checkmating and eventually several excellent techniques learned through Fisher's method of allowing the reader to discover answers.
Tom Ewald
Back when this was written, "programmed learning" was very popular. You try to figure out a problem, then go to the listed page to see how your answer fared. This is written in that way. If you already play chess fairly well, this won't help you. But if you don't know how to play, or barely know how, I strongly recommend this as your first primer. You don't need to set up a board to use it; you can just use the book. Very well done, and always my recommendation for an introduction to my favorite ...more
it was a better introduction to back row checkmates then I have been reading. It was written for beginner level and was appreciated how it was taught with that level in mind.
Mark Cheverton
I've played chess since I was a kid and I consider myself quite good, but I've never formally learnt openings, strategies, tactics etc. In an attempt to improve my game I hunted around the top books list and Bobby Fischer kept coming up.

The format of this book is essentially nearly 300 chess positions which develop your understanding of common tactics for checkmate. By three quarters through the book was more up to my level with some more complex multi move puzzles, but in the end it didn't go t
William Schram
Very instructive set of lessons on basic chess. I've owned a copy of this book for quite a while, and turn back to it every once in a while.
Mollie the Cat
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Travis Griffin
Don't own a copy, but wish I did this book is great. Finish turn upside down and start again. I remember getting a mental workout from every page.
I can finally beat my dad, thanks to Bobby Fischer. A nice little book of logic, and a must-read for chess players.
Linus Hsu
This book is more like a puzzle book, you can use it to do mind exercises. It didn't help me improve much.
I'd started reading many chess books, but seldom finished them ... after a while, I was getting lost into the labyrinth of c4-s or e5-s, losing patience after some sophisticated commentary, "wise" explanation or demanding chess notation. This is only the second such chess book that I managed to read "d'al capo al fine" - and this is because of how this Genius of Chess chose to write it. Absolutely lovely, am sure, for any chess rookie.

On a side note, one can surely see from the examples presente
Ken Williams
Reading this book improved my game so much I finally beat my brother who was in tournaments.
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