Logical Chess: Move By Move: Every Move Explained New Algebraic Edition (Irving Chernev)
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My goal in reading books like this is to incorporate into my subconscious as many master game patterns as possible: moves humans make, explanations humans give. Plenty of diagrams, clear text (for a chess manual), and it's useful for players up to medium-strong club strength, and all the way down to pure beginners (though some of it may be over their heads at first. Highly recommended to any enthusiast who wants to build a platform to be more than just a hobby player. Perfect if you're the type of player who struggles to decide on a move after the first handful, and the usefulness of the main openings(e4,d4) gets consistently drilled into the reader every time a new game arises. I know all the chess players here have already written love letters to this book, but I could not let that stop me from writing mine.
fantastic scene of torch bearing sacrifice orc-pawn marching up the field as the heroes are lock-horned. Just by repeating the basic principles one already memorizes and adapts them easily and I caught myself looking at a position on the chess board in a different way. After reading this you don't feel you have to be really intelligent or highly educated to play an enjoyable game of chess. However, this can only be done if one has a board by him following every move in the book [ you can but a small pocket size magnet set for cheap ] .In school, you could get a great mark without reading every single word in the textbook; same with chess books. Unlike casual literature, playing through a sequence of positions in front of a chessboard takes a kind of 3D concentration.
For someone who wants to peel at the hidden complexities of the game, the symbolic representation can work as a deterrent force.
A more up to date similar book with different games was produced by Neil McDonald which is probably computer checked if you wanted to try that. Chernev's book presents a number of games in a fantastic format - each move is explained, even if it's the 20th time you've seen 1.
The author splits the games into three chapters, dealing with kingside attacks (16 games), queen's pawn openings (7 games), and other concepts (10 games). Sometimes text books or guides on the Kindle can be frustrating as they do not have links allowing you to jump to certain chapters. I would've liked a summary of all the italicized quotes, because I feel like those are the main key take aways. The games in part three have lessons more subtle than the first two part, I think the theme is that good positional development naturally leads to tactical opportunities. Unfortunately I didn't spot this, not starting to read the book until more than 60 days from puchasing si unable to request refund from vendor.At first I was going through every variation on my head (I'm lazy to do it on the board and I thought it might help my concentration), but now I'm actually just moving the pieces and reading the commentary, just ignoring the variations. I think the book is very good in that sense and I haven't read even half of it yet so I'm hoping to learn a lot more. In many ways, it would a wonderful 'first' book (or first 'serious' book, after the ones which teach the rules and elementary mates, for example), and a nice gift for a young player just taking up chess. WARNING make sure you get the correct edition as there are older editions which have the Descriptive (English) Notation. I think, without being sure, when I read in my book, Silman-The Amateurs Mind I only move the mainlines, but reading all.