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Posted November 18, 2003
The answer to that question depends on what kind of book you're looking for. Reinfeld clearly states in his preface that the book is intended to help you become a competent casual player. Because I play chess for fun, I consider it an overlooked classic. All the components of chess are treated in a logical, comprehensible, and concise manner. The book includes plenty of diagrams and examples, and the openings are covered in enough detail for casual players to understand without endless hours of study. The book enabled me to raise my level of play from chaotic to coherent. If you're looking for a book to help you become a competent tournament player, you'll consider this book an obsolete relic (3 stars.) While its basic lessons on tactics and endgames are as valid now as ever, the fact is that it was published in 1953. It has no sample games after 1950, and the opening theory is 50 years old and (by design) shallow. It's also written in the descriptive notation that most serious players no longer use. None of that matters if you play for fun, but it's critically important if you want to be competitive in tournaments. This book met my needs perfectly. What are your needs?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.