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Understanding Chess Move by Move

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  188 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
This new title, the first of its type to explain the dynamic principles that underpin modern chess, uses more than thirty carefully selected games to help the reader understand the most important aspects of the chess struggle. John Nunn, a top-class grandmaster and one of the world's most highly regarded chess writers, explains every move using terms and phrases everyone c ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by Gambit Publications (first published February 14th 2001)
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Serge Pierro
Jan 06, 2017 Serge Pierro rated it it was amazing
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Irving Chernev's classic book "Logical Chess: Move by Move" was a profound book for many beginners in the past, as Chernev was able to breakdown each annotated game into digestible morsels for the aspiring chess player. Now Dr. John Nunn uses the same approach, yet focuses more on the dynamic nature of modern chess and looks at games that are more contemporary in nature.

Nunn's lavishly annotated games are a joy to go over. At points he'll spend several paragraphs of text on explaining the thou
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Bobsie67
Aug 08, 2008 Bobsie67 rated it liked it
Re-reading this book and I appreciate more the second time. Very well written with very good explanations; however, this is not a chess book for beginners. Some of the advice is excelllent for intermediate players like me, but much of the analysis is geared for advanced players.
TheF7Pawn
Nov 25, 2014 TheF7Pawn rated it it was ok
An update on an old classic (Chernev’s Logical Chess Move by Move) but with more computer-abetted analysis. Whether you like this sort of thing is a matter of taste. The more I experience these sort of books the more it dawns on me that, at a certain level, it’s one grandmaster writing to others like him. For the average player, there are lessons to be learned in this volume, and Nunn does and admirable job in calling them out before, during, and after the game, but in the end he can’t control h ...more
Scott
Nov 22, 2013 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A solid, all-around middlegame strategy book with some basic opening coverage and minimal endgame. Covers a variety of strategic elements of chess at a high level (i.e. attacking play, pawn structure, good bishop vs bad bishop, positional sacrifices, passed pawns, etc.). The author uses grandmaster games to help us understand these strategic elements in action. Most of us can't come close to emulating grandmasters playing chess, but it's great to be inspired by their precise, accurate moves in i ...more
Robert
Nov 22, 2016 Robert rated it it was amazing
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A classical masterpiece.
As a trainer I'm happy whenever I need to use the games from this book.
If your level is not not high enough to go through all the annotations, then just enjoy the eloquent comments from a first-class writer. If somebody is looking for a game-collection which he wants to learn by heart - Nunn's book would be my first recommendation.
I'm surprised that this book hasn't been republished with a couple of additional games.
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I am crap at chess. I spent a lot of money on books that I thought would at least make me competitive. Nothing worked. I think these chess books will all sit in a box gathering dust and one day I might get the urge to rejoin the local club and get butchered by 12 year olds so then may have a further look. (Generic review for all half finished chess books I will never finish)
Mike Steib
Mar 28, 2014 Mike Steib rated it it was amazing
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For people who really, really, really want to understand chess strategy.
John
May 20, 2014 John rated it it was amazing
Very informative. One of the few chess books I read completely.
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This book is very informative, instructive and educational. The author offered an in-depth analysis of 30 games, showing the reader how to think while playing chess, and esp. how to plan the sequence of several moves ahead, taking into account the best moves of the opponent.
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John Denis Martin Nunn is an English chess grandmaster, a three-time world champion in chess problem solving, a chess writer and publisher, and a mathematician. He is one of England's strongest chess players and once was in the world's top ten.
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