Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess

Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess

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by Bobby Fischer, Stuart Margulies, Don Mosenfelder

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This book is essentially a chess 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


This book is essentially a chess 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 programmed learning. Bobby Fischer lent his name to the project. Stuart Margulies is a chess master and also a recognized authority on programmed learning. He is a widely published author of more than 40 books, all in the field of programmed learning, especially in learning how to read. For example, one of his books is "Critical reading for proficiency 1 : introductory level". Donn Mosenfelder is not a known or recognized chess player, but he was the owner of the company that developed and designed this book. He has written more than 25 books, almost all on basic reading, writing and math. The definitive way to learn how to play chess, or to master more complex chess strategies.

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Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In reality "Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess" was not written by him - he allowed his name to be used. "Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess" is NOT a book that teaches you how to play from the start (you would be best in getting an introductory chess book such as "Chess for Everyone" or "Learn Chess"). It is a book that will teach you simple one move checkmate patterns, without the actual use of notation (actually, not a good thing for a newcomer who needs to learn how to read and write chess to grow). However, once again, there are better books on basic checkmates that cover far more material and provide instruction in the area of checkmate and tactical patterns (such as "Art of the Checkmate" and "Winning Chess Tournaments"). Certainly do not judge a book by its cover and especially by its title in this case!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A better title should be, 'Bobby Fischer Teaches one move checkmates!' That is completely what this book is about. Nothing on rules, principles of the opening or endgame, or any other tactics other than 'find the checkmate in one move.' And, for that (checkmate patterns) you would be better off with 'Art of the Checkmate' because it breaks down the checkmates by type of pattern and takes you more than one move deep! If you are a beginner looking to learn the basics then you would be better off getting a well-rounded book such as 'Chess for Everyone' that covers all the rules and strategies in an easy to understand format. If what you want is a book that covers a very narrow part of what it takes to improve your game (one move checkmates) and you don't want to learn chess notation (this book does not teach chess notation or use it - players should learn it if they want to improve) the 'Bobby Fischer Teache's Chess' covers a limited number of one move checkmates.
Chris_Detweiler More than 1 year ago
This book is an oustanding primer for the novice or nearly novice chess player. It teaches the basic moves and then takes the student through basic combination moves and tactics and techniques for mate. If you have a killer instinct in you at all, as far as chess is concerned, this book will bring it out in you. I have not seen another chess book that causes such a rapid improvement in an inexperienced players game. A great teaching tool.
powerchess1 More than 1 year ago
this was my first chess book as a child !!! I beat all the other kids .
DimWiit45 More than 1 year ago
This is not what you might expect from the enigmatic genius that was my idol as a kid (and I started playing at age 5). You must at least know the basics of playing chess, and how to play a complete game with some required skill - even if you lose all the time. My mother taught me the basics before I began elementary school. This book it is not a primer by any means - without her patience and efforts I would never have become a chess player. What Fischer teaches, by presenting chess positional problems, is the simple set of tactics that produce checkmate - "that is the object of the game" - as he says early on in the book. If you can see the patterns of play in each of the major sections, you will suddenly have an "Aha!" moment and from then on, those principles that propelled Fischer to his place in history are now yours as well. How generous of him to give away the goodies, and still recall how he taught himself to play as a child. Thus the accessibility to almost anyone by the challenge of doing the problems: which is the same way we teach mathematics (I have an M.S. in Applied Math). This book will not work for everyone, and many will throw it in the trash can in disgust. But some kid may pick it out of the trash and read it, and that might possibly just change their life if they find the love of playing chess is part of who they are.
Jefferson_Thomas More than 1 year ago
I bought this book in 2010 to replace my old copy that disappeared (Mom, I'll never forgive you for whatever you did to it!) when I joined the Air Force in the early 1970's, and I'm glad I did. I've played chess most of my life, and while this book didn't actually teach me much, it did bring together in one place several things I already knew, thus bringing them into much sharper focus. This book is a good, thorough introduction to the great game of chess. It is aimed primarily at people who know how the pieces move, and have at least some idea how to construct an attack, but it can also be used by complete beginners, and will sharpen the skills of intermediate players. It is too introductory for advanced players. It repeatedly reinforces the idea that you must count the number of attackers and defenders, and keep careful track of the locations of all of your opponent's pieces, not just plunge wildly into an attack just because it feels right. The authors provide some good tools for doing so, and their method of teaching is excellent. On the negative side, the book does not spend enough time discussing specific techniques like pins and forks, and there is no index at all, so it really can't be used for reference. Nevertheless, this is a very good book, and I recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a chess teacher and coach for over thirty years and use this book as a chess bible for teaching children in Elemetary school. It is the single most complete source of chess basics presented in the most logical and precise manner that children can comprehend. I started my four year old on this book and over a two year period he became one of the best elementary players in the nation. I also recommend the back half of the book for chess playing adults that do not understand the full concepts of chess play and have inadequate understandings of how to put together an opening, middle and end game. This book is uniquely qualified for children because the majority of content '75%' is represented pictorially and not just in annotation and in a descriptive manner. I would highly recommend that every chess teacher keep a copy of this book around for instruction and example. I have given away hundreds of these as prizes at Chess tournaments and required all my students to use this book. I cannot overstress the importance of using this book for younger players ages 6-9 to give them a complete knowledge of the structure of a chess game.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really like this book for beginners. Many players get to the end of the game and do not know how to mate their opponent. This book teaches them how to finish the game. Players with a solid endgame have will not get much from this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great for beginners and intermediate players. It is one of the only books I've ever seen that allows you to solve a chess problem without setting up a chessboard. The diagrams are excellent and they make the book very enjoyable to read. This book teaches basic techniques that really work well! Every chess player should own a copy. Read it over and over again and you get better each time.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
BOBBY FISCHER TEACHES CHESS shows late in the game checkmates but nothing else. This is not a book for serious chess players. I recommend this for beginners and slightly intermediate. Anyone above that is just wasting their time. It did, however, improve my checkmating strategy and endgame somewhat and the book comes at a reasonable price.
Guest More than 1 year ago
BOBBY FISCHER TEACHES CHESS has got to contain the most elementary checkmate problems of any book on chess. This is good for the beginner, that is someone who has just learned how the pieces move, and is ready to start working on strategy. For anyone beyond being a beginner BOBBY FISCHER TEACHES CHESS is useless. The 'programmed' learning approach does not encourage a beginner to learn what is important to move on to more advanced book: Chess Notation! That is because it doesn't use notation at all. The 'general' appearance by the title, 'Teaches Chess' is that it covers a variety of strategies, when in fact it only works on checkmates. There is a lot more to learning chess stategy then that! Therefore, in conclusion this book has limited use for a limited audience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
BOBBY FISCHER TEACHES CHESS sets up one simple checkmate problem per page. Other than learning the most basic checkmates, which can be gained from many other books with a lot more material, you will learn nothing else. I can recommend, 'Art of the Checkmate' as a book that has a lot more material, and covers the checkmating patterns in a well organized way along with 'Winning Chess Traps' to learn opening tactics/mates. Overall, BOBBY FISCHER TEACHES CHESS is disapointing when compared to what is available today in the chess book market.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a skimply little book and I wish I read the reviews on it before ordering the thing. I cannot seriously believe that the title includes the word 'Teaches' when in reality there is no stuctured lesson format. The book contains a very narrow field - checkmate problems using arrow, etc... as if a play should not learn chess notation. I give it two stars, not one. And, this is only because it is not very expensive and has a minimul use for a beginner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm Teaching chess my 6 year old and he loves it, because he gets involved by reading what's required, solving/finding checkmates and Marking each assignment when done. He already found a checkmate in 3! Great way to get your kid involved. I also found a few interesting checkmates.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great book to work on your endgame, however, it sadly avoids any and all teaching of openings and/or middlegame. Great to help your game if you have trouble checkmating.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be very instrumental in helping my rating in the U.S.C.F. I was below average and ended up above average with a gain of over 200 points. (also) I have used this book as a part of a chess curriculum for many years. It is an invaluable tool for beginners and intermediate players. I recommend it highly to anyone wanting to improve their play. Capablanca said that he taught chess beginning at the end-game not with opening theory or middle game tactics. If you learn what the goal is, you can steer the game in that direction.
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Sherlock_Holmes More than 1 year ago
Rating: 52% Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess focuses mostly on one-move checkmates and so fails to teach novice chess players any new information. Those that are interested in the game should join a chess club, where they will be able to practice their skills and learn from their mistakes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I must admit that I was quite disappointed with Bobby Fischer's guide to chess strategy, considering that the book mostly teaches one-move chessmates and is quite unfriendly towards novice chess players. Although the book did cause me to improve slightly in my game performance, I fear that many beginners will find the book difficult to use as an aid to improving their chess skills. The book also fails to teach much chess notation and movements and focuses mainly on the elements of chess. The book, however, is at times helpful, as it teaches various methods of checkmate (back-rank mates and variations, displacing defenders, etc.) Nevertheless, I feel that no book will ever help one become an excellent chess player. The key is constant practice and competition by playing the game, perhaps by joining a chess club.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The title implies that this is a book on the basics of chess when infact it is a very basic checkmate problem book. It doesn't teach you any basic strategies beyond a very narrow part of the game (basic checkmates). This is certainly not the type of book a beginner should start off with. And after you go through a basic introductory book you will have learned all of the checkmates in Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess anyway. You would be better off getting one of the other basic checkmate books anyway if that is what you are after because the number of examples is rather limited here and there is a failure to use chess notation (something a beginner should learn!).
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book of the most basic possible checkmates that can be put into problem form. Actual chess notation isn't used. It doesn't have structured instructional lessons like the title seems to imply. Each page consists of one checkmate problem. If you have any knowledge of chess strategy at all the book can be completed in about 15 minutes. If what you really want is a book on checkmates get one of the numerous books that have a lot more material. If you are a beginner consider getting a good beginner's book instead.