Patrick Wolff is a two-time U.S. Chess Champion (1992 and 1995) and an International Chess Grand-master. Patrick writes a chess column for the Boston Globe. In addition, he has been a chess coach and instructor and has appeared in several instructional chess videos.
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Chess, 3rd Editionby Patrick Wolff
Written by a U.S. Chess Champion, International Chess Grandmaster, and longtime instructor, this book includes information for both novice and expert, including over 400 illustrated chessboards and photos; over 20 pages of detailed answer key notes; a completely new chapter on new evidence about chess and its impact on brain power; a guide to the art of chess… See more details below
Written by a U.S. Chess Champion, International Chess Grandmaster, and longtime instructor, this book includes information for both novice and expert, including over 400 illustrated chessboards and photos; over 20 pages of detailed answer key notes; a completely new chapter on new evidence about chess and its impact on brain power; a guide to the art of chess collectibles; and more.
- Foreword by Larry Evans, former International Grandmaster and author of 20 highly acclaimed chess books and a popular monthly advice column in Chess Life
- For the beginner or the champ, and for young and old
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Want to learn how to play chess or know just enought to get you into trouble!? Well, then it is time you learn how to play a decent game of chess! 'The Complete Idiot's Guide to Chess' is one of two books I would recommend for the beginner ('Chess for Everyone' being the other). It has a lot of material, is for the adult level reader (though older teens shouldn't have a problem with it) and has a reasonably well organized progression.
This book beats CHESS FOR DUMMIES hands down and is on par with CHESS FOR EVERYONE when it comes to chess books for the beginner. You will find everything you need to know when it comes to the rules and strategy to get you started. What I would like to see is follow-up books in the 'Idiots' guide to take you to the next step.
Some people are complaining that this book doesn't address every possible facet of the game, but really how much can one reasonably expect to be covered in a one volume introduction to something as complex and multifaceted as the game of chess? Obviously an 11 volume set, if you can afford to buy such a thing and have the time to read it, is better, but what about those of us who work for a living and can't spend 24-7 doing nothing but reading and studying about chess? If someone is a flat out beginner who has never played the game before, an 11 volume introduction isn't going to work, all it is going to do is intimidate the hell out of him and prevent him from learning. This book introduces the basic and fundamental rules of chess, introduces some of the fundamental strategies and tactics, and includes literally dozens of excellent exercises in difficulty ranging from very easy to very difficult. I am inclined to think that some of the complaints about this book stems from the fact that it is simply too accessible for the beginning and intermediate players. There is a popular myth that in order to play chess well one has to be 'really, really smart', I think that maybe some people resent books that make the game too accessible because it shatters the myth that you have to be 'super smart' to play chess, better to direct people to an 11 volume set that will intimidate the hell out of them, the better to maintain the fiction that only the intellectual elite can learn to play this game well. I can tell you from my own experience that this book IS indeed a great help in improving your game. I first learned how to play chess in the 3rd grade, in the last 25 years I have played chess against both human and computer opponents and my game never seemed to improve, I was losing against 10 year old's and was being checkmated within 10 moves against computer programs set on the lowest difficulty setting, I was making poor decisions that led me to lose my queen in the first 5 moves of the game, I was an awful player. I thought it was hopeless that I could never improve my game and that I just wasn't 'smart enough' to be good at chess. But since I read this book, and started solving the exercises, the quality of my play has improved exponentially. After losing more than 30 consecutive games on 'Chessmaster' for my Nintendo DS, on the lowest difficulty setting, I finally started winning. Now, I tend to win more often than I lose. My record for my last 5 games is 3-1-1, the one draw game came when I was against a lone king and accidentally stalemated rather than checkmated him, so that 3-1-1 is really just one bad move away from a 4-0-1. If this book can help a pinhead like me improve his game, it can help anybody, I still have a long way to go, but I am getting better literally every day, and this book was an immense help.
The content and presentation of the information is excellent but there is one problem. The illustrations in the ebook/Nook form are so small and faint that they are hard to make out and cannot be enlarged.
Overall, I consider 'The Complete Idiot's Guide to Chess' to be a good first book for an mature reader. Certainly not a book for the under age 14 crowd. It contains all the information you need to learn how to play chess. Sometimes the material could have been made a little more clear and/or placed in a different order. There is some filler material that seems unecessary, and maybe a little confusing. But, there is lots of material!
Patrick explains all key aspects of the game well enough for beginners and insightful enough for more advanced players. If you think you know chess... then you should still read this book. It covers the mandatory and important topics clearly and somehow manages to infuse them all with a very strong and simple strategic tone. You are doing things for a reason. The entire message is clear and uncluttered and also infused with GM wisdom that is beneficial to all players. Read this book!