The Complete Idiot's Guide to Chess, 2e [NOOK Book]

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Don't make a move without it.


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 guide to the art of chess collectibles; and more.


Foreword by Larry Evans, former ...

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Overview

Don't make a move without it.


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 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


Strong sales for previous edition


For the beginner or the champ, and for young and old


Author has a high profile in the chess community

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101221952
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Series: COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE Series
  • Sold by: DK
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,089,852
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

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.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2004

    Complete Idiot's Guide(R) to Chess

    I am a purchasing agent for a library. It's my job to help pick out the new books we buy. When we considered chess books we sought advice from local players who were familiar with chess literature. Explaining that most of our readers were probably beginning or novice chess players, we especially asked about Beginner's books. We were STRONGLY advised not to buy this book or the similar book, Chess For Dummies. Instead, we looked at books by Bruce Pandolfini, Yasser Seirawan, and Lev Alburt, among others. We decided the best choices were Lev Albert's Comprehensive Chess Course (7 volumns), Yasser Seirawan's Winning Chess Series (6 volumns)and all of Bruce Pandolfini's books (11 in all). We have had numerous comments about our chess library. Many patrons have told us how glad they are we selected as we did. Some mentioned how bad they think The Complete Idiots Guide To Chess is. Take some advice from a chess playing librarian! Don't but The Complete Idiot's Guide To Chess! It's wasted money!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2003

    Complete Idiot's Guide(R) to Chess

    The Complete Idiot's Guide To Chess is, simply put, awful. Beginners books fall into general catagories; those for children; those for causual players; those for serious players. This one is bad anywhere you put it.This book skimps on the basics so it has room to tell you about all kinds of 'neat-o' things about chess. Beginners don't need to worry about all those cool extas. Until they've learned to play and studied some novice level books (many available here on Barnes and Noble.com.)they aren't ready for all those 'neat-o' things. And all of that information is available in other chess books which handle it much better. I sometimes teach chess to children and adult players from complete beginners up to USCF Class A players. When I get one that's been using this book (or it's equally bad cousin, Chess For Dummies; another awful book!)I have to complelely reoriente that player. Literally, I have to make them 'unlearn' some things this book teaches. I also have to explain to them why they can't use the more advanced parts of the book. But the really disturbing thing I find is that people who have used this book have the idea that it's 'cool' to be an idiot and learn to play chess. Idiots and dummies can't learn to play chess. It takes a fairly intelligent person to learn how and to excell at the game you have to be well above average. Further, this book is right in line with the trend toward the dummying down of America. Stay away from this loser! If you really want to learn to play chess try any of these. The beginner books by Bruce Pandolfini (very popular with children but adults can use these, too); Yasser Seirawan's Winning Chess Series Volume I (popular with everyone); Lev Albert's Comprehensive Chess Course Volumns I-II (both popular with all and probably the best choice as it draws heavily on the old Soviet System of teaching chess). However there are other titles available and they do a good job but simply aren't as good as the above mentioned. The Complete Idiot's Guide To Chess ought to be allowed to go out of print and die a peaceful death. It's an ill concieved book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2003

    Idiot Title For An Idiot Book On Chess.

    This book, along with Chess For Dummies, is among the worst chess books for beginners ever written. You will learn to play chess using this book but you WILL NOT have some of the more important fundamental chess concepts explained to you. The most striking omission of this book is it's failure to discuss the chess board itself. If you don't get this part then your progress in chess will always be limited. A sound working knowledge of the chess board is essential for a full understanding of the game. The second problem with this book is that it fails to fully explain the relative values of the pieces. A Knight is worth 3 pawns. So is a Bishop. That means a Knight and a Bishop are equal. Right? Wrong! The Bishop is worth 3.5 pawns. How much is the King worth. 'Priceless! If you lose it the game is over!' This is true but the King does have a numeric value. It's worth 2.5 pawns as a fighting piece. This little gem of chess knowledge can make all the differece in the endgame and sometimes the middlegame. Finally, the book sets up a low self esteem situation in the reader's mind. Some excellent alternatives are available, all right here on Barnes&Noble.com. If you want to get a fairly sound foundation fast try Bruce Pandolfini's Square One, then move along with his other books. You'll probably manage to become a USCF Class C player which is the norm for players who play serious chess. Much better is Yasser Seirawan's Learn To Play Winning Chess, which is volumn 1 in a six volumn set. If you complete the series you'll probably become a USCF Class B player and a few will make it to Class A. This is above the norm. But if you start your chess education with volumn 1 and 2 of Lev Albert's Comprehensive Chess Course and then the other five volumns in the series, you'll have the most solid foundation you can get. If you study very hard and go well beyond volumn 7 of Albert's series, you might become a Master Class player. This last series is the one I recommend. If you have the time, the best way is to study Albert, Seirawan, and Pandolfini, all at once. By doing so you won't become a 'Chess Idiot!' Avoid this book! I would give it zero stars if that were possible!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2003

    Great Beginner's Book!!! *****

    I used to think that I was a good chess player. However, when I started playing online, my world flipped upside down, and I was being beat by people all over the country as if I were just beginning. So I decided I really needed some help, and I picked this book up. It was until after I picked up the book that I realized that I was a 'complete idiot'. As soon as I cracked the cover, it was easy to get into. The chapters are very nicely ordered, starting from the basics then moving on to more advance techniques. It is very easy to read and understand; there is a huge number of diagrams that show move-by-move what has been done and what you should do. I really enjoy the exercises that Mr. Wolff has put in the back of every chapter (20-40 at least with answers in the back) to get you to use what he had discussed. I highly recommend this book to anyone starting out, or someone who just needs to get his game together. Simply, It is a MUST OWN!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2002

    Amazing!!

    This book is a fine introduction to the game of chess for a beginner. This book not only gives the reader a clear idea about the game but also teaches him different tactics which improves the skill level. In brief, if you are a beginner this book will definitely help you learn the game in a very easy way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2001

    Not Good At All.

    This book will get you started but it leaves out many things a beginner should know. There are too many other good beginner books on Barnes and Noble.com than this one. And don't go chasing Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess, either. That one isn't so good either. What books like this one leave out are board dynamics that should be learned when you're learning how to move and capture with the pieces. It also leaves out (as does Fischer's book)how to think correctly. Entire books are written on how to think correctly when studying and playing chess. If you miss board dynamics and correct chess thinking as a beginner then you're probably doomed to the ranks of the U.S.C.F Class C player and below. Look around on Barnes and Noble.com. You'll find a winde range of beginner books that give it all to you. I didn't learn from a book but since this is a review of a beginner's book I'll list some in my favorites. Chess is like math. It builds on what you've learned. If you miss something basic it'll hinder your chess learning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2000

    This book is better than others. IT is about the same as the DUmmy book by James Eade.

    This book is wonderful. You don't need a chess board to know what he's teaching you. One of the things I like about the book that it has excercises at the end of each chapter so you could get better! And he gives the answers to the excercises. One thing that improved my uscf rating is the chess program Chessmaster 6000. If you go to the tutor with Bruce Pandofini, he will teach you stuff, (things I don't know about the opening, middlegame and endgame. Chess for Idiots might have improved my rating, but it is not junk, like most chess books are.

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