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Pandolfini's Ultimate Guide to Chess
     

Pandolfini's Ultimate Guide to Chess

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by Bruce Pandolfini
 

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From America's foremost chess teacher and author comes a new standard: a comprehensive course covering all aspects of the game, to improve your technique whether you are a newcomer or a longtime fan.

One of America's best-known chess masters, Bruce Pandolfini has helped millions learn the intricacies of chess through his acclaimed books and workshops. In this

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From America's foremost chess teacher and author comes a new standard: a comprehensive course covering all aspects of the game, to improve your technique whether you are a newcomer or a longtime fan.

One of America's best-known chess masters, Bruce Pandolfini has helped millions learn the intricacies of chess through his acclaimed books and workshops. In this exciting volume, he presents a complete overview of the entire game and its culture. Structured as a dialogue between a beginning student and an expert teacher, Pandolfini's Ultimate Guide to Chess takes the student step-by-step from fundamentals to advanced, highly strategic play. Combining easy-to-follow diagrams with trenchant and up-to-date analysis, Pandolfini puts a new twist on accepted chess theory, offering a seamless beginning-to-end approach, including:

• a short introductory history of the game

• the moves, rules, and contemporary notation forms

• the basic principles of chess

• how to develop an opening repertoire

• the art of tactical play

• pattern recognition and memory aids

• traps and pitfalls to be avoided

• middlegame play, strategy, and planning

• defense and counterattack

• transitions to the endgame and the endgame itself

• computers and the future of chess

• the best websites for playing chess online

With Pandolfini's expert insight into the history and modern world of chess, as well as several appendices to enhance play and appreciation, Pandolfini's Ultimate Guide to Chess makes the perfect gift for players of all ages and will be the benchmark title for chess players for years to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780743260985
Publisher:
Touchstone
Publication date:
06/30/2008
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
304,268
File size:
10 MB

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Meet the Author


Bruce Pandolfini, a National Master in United States chess competition, is the creator of the highly acclaimed Fireside Chess Library. He lives in New York City.

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Pandolfini's Ultimate Guide to Chess 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of Mr. Pandolfini's better books, and most certainly his best introduction to chess for the adult level reader. It has everything with its pages that will get you started and prepared to continue to more advanced books. It has a reading level which most older children might have a problem with (consider, "Chess for Everyone" for children ages 9+ or even yourself as another excellent choice). The progression of material is perhaps not the best, but the writing style is clear and to the point.
Bookunderdog More than 1 year ago
This is one of the better books that introduces chess to the absolute beginner (also excellent is, "Chess for Everyone; A complete guide for the beginner" with good follow up books layed out in a progressive series). It contains moderate depth and is understandable. Perhaps the author's best book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found Pandolfin's Ultimate Guide to Chess to be in general 'good' but not outstanding. I found that the material is clear but not presented in the most logical order. This lead to a little confusion. I found 'Chess for Everyone' to be a superior introductory chess book (also for the young reader) in most respects. As a elementary classroom teacher who introduces chess to students I am always looking at basic chess books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would say this is an ok book for adults. Whereas, some people like a lot of diagrams, I feel there are too many, and would rather have more text. I wouldn't recommend it for young readers under age 13 (my favorite book for beginners is 'Chess For Juniors' by Random House) - it has a rather dry personality to the writing style. It is logically arranged and organized.
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GreenManalishi More than 1 year ago
I am not sure what the thought process was in deciding on the format of this book, but the best I can say is it's misguided. It is a conversation between a student and teacher, about one specific set of circumstances, and has done nothing to improve my beginner/intermediate level game. It does contain basic definitions of common tactics and strategies, but nothing groundbreaking. If anyone is aware of an instructional book for improving to a more advanced level, I'd love to hear a recommendation. This book, however, is not it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Though not my favorite chess book for beginners this is indeed a good general introduction for the beginner. Strong Points: 1. It contains the basic material needed to learn how to play chess. 2. The writing style is clear. Weak Points: 1. It doesn't have the most logical order of progression. 2. It uses a talking to format that makes it more difficult to go back and review and find what you want. This book is suitable for and adult level reader 'not for kids'.
Bizonka More than 1 year ago
This book definitely helped me improve my chess playing abilities. I've beaten people I couldn't beat before!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was an excellent introductory to the game. The first few chapters were a little too basic, but the rest was excellent. It improved my game, and introduced me to many new ideas. The book has an interesting layout. It is a conversation between the professor and the student. I suppose I liked the book because the student asked some of the same questions that I was.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book will guide you into the 4th dimension of chess.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent guide for all chess players!