The Chess Player's Bible: Illustrated Strategies for Staying Ahead of the Game

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Learn quickly and at a glance how each chess piece moves on the board, then discover the game's single object, which is to capture the enemy's king and to achieve checkmate. Here's an entertaining and informative manual for beginners, but it's filled with tips and techniques learners will retain and successfully employ as their skill develops and they match themselves against experienced players. With annotated illustrations and more than 300 examples, this fascinating manual ...
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Overview


Learn quickly and at a glance how each chess piece moves on the board, then discover the game's single object, which is to capture the enemy's king and to achieve checkmate. Here's an entertaining and informative manual for beginners, but it's filled with tips and techniques learners will retain and successfully employ as their skill develops and they match themselves against experienced players. With annotated illustrations and more than 300 examples, this fascinating manual demonstrates
  • Openings used by international masters, including the Ruy Lopez, the Queen's Gambit Declined, the Sicilian Defense, and others
  • Basic and advanced strategies, tactics, sacrifices, and pawn structure to help learners master the chess middle game
  • End game, with emphasis on use of rooks and pawns
It's a comprehensive and compact reference that will find a ready place in school and private chess clubs. This book will also be a favorite among individuals who wish to discover chess as a pleasurable way to spend a social evening.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764157875
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/15/2004
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition description: SPIRAL
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 361,854
  • Product dimensions: 7.98 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

James Eade has written several books about chess, including the best selling Chess for Dummies. He has been the editor of two chess journals and is a former president of the Chess Journalists of America (CJA). He has won the CJA award for best instructional article, and an honorable mention for best state magazine. He was an executive board member of the United States Chess Federation (USCF) from 1996-1999, and of F.I.D.E. (the international chess organization) from 2000-2002. He is a trustee of the US Charitable Chess Trust. As a player, he was awarded the title of Chess Master by the USCF in 1981 and by F.I.D.E. in 1993. He lives with his wife in Menlo Park, California.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
How To Use This Book 9
Section 1 Getting Started 10
The Chessboard 10
The Pieces 12
Check Versus Checkmate 18
Basic Checkmates 20
Elements 28
Special Moves 32
Section 2 Opening Principles 36
Classical Opening Principles 36
Modern Opening Principles 42
Section 3 Game Types 50
Open Games 50
Semi-Open Games 65
Closed Games 75
Flank Openings 91
Section 4 Mating Patterns 96
Section 5 Center and Wing Configurations 108
The Center 108
The Wings 114
Section 6 Tactics 118
Basic Tactics 118
Sacrifices 126
Combinations 132
Section 7 Positional Considerations 140
Section 8 Pawns 153
Pawn Formations 153
Strengths and Weaknesses 170
Section 9 The Endgame 183
Pawn Endings 185
Major Piece Endings 193
Rook and Pawn Endings 207
Bishop Endings 222
Knight Endings 231
Bishop Versus Knight Endings 237
The Exchange 242
Glossary 248
Chess On The Internet 252
Reading List 253
Index 254
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  • Posted April 1, 2012

    good for kids

    Bought this for our 7year old nephew who just started chess competitions with school. He said he likes it, is easy to understand and has helped him understand some more strategies to enhance his playing.

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

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    Great chess book to explain concepts with a sound visual-learner emphasis.

    The presentation of the information in this book is among the best. I kept looking for a "good" introductory chess book for my 10 year-old nephew. This is simply the best introductory work if you are a visual learner. I looked briefly at a book with visual or visually in the title, but I felt that the presentation here was particularly suited to both young adults and novices. I would recommend a few other works too, but I would have them start here. Without as good of a presentation, but with information I think all novices should learn, Tips for Young Players gets an honorable mention.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

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    What a valuable book for seriuos chess beginners

    This is a must have book for serious chess beginners who wish to improve their game by self study.<BR/>After a couple of months playing against some computer chess programs and other people I started to look for chess books that might helped me to improve my game. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand: (a) why would you open your game in a specific way and why would you answer to a specific openingin another way depending on where you want to land your position, (b) how to develop after the openening (this is my major problem/challenge) and what would happen after your selected action, and (c) how to end a game.<BR/>The books graphically stresses what are the results of your actions so you can understand the benefits and consequences of them. <BR/>This is a study book, to which you will be coming over and over for a couple of months while you learn your basics; as I'm a beginner, I still come to it to review positions that I have come in my games.

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