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Posted February 22, 2006
There are many good books on chess, but only a few classics. Understanding Chess Move by Move is a classic. Author John Nunn is a strong grandmaster, and well able to explain the games of some of the top players in the world. The book is written with comments and explanation to every single move. The enables we ordinary mortals to appreciate the thought processes behind each game. This is book intended to improve your middlegame strength, but I have also found it a great way to learn a variety of opening systems.
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Posted September 18, 2008
This book is like 'Logical Chess, Move by Move' and 'Unbeatable Chess Lessons' when it comes to having a move by move analysis of games designed to help you learn. The difference is that this book is more on the same level as 'More Unbeatable Chess Lessons' in that it is focused on the more experienced chess player. This book is well written and thought out. Good job!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 14, 2006
Learning all phases of chess by going over well annotated games is an excellent way to improve your overall playing ability. GM Nunn selects highly instructive games and provides annotations on all of the moves in each game. The analysis is understandable for the most part - with sometimes perhaps, him going a little off on a tangent beyond what an average player would care to get into. However, just skip the long line if you don't want to go there! I like the opening coverage and also have found a good traps book line 'Winning Chess Traps' to be useful. There is some endgame coverage as well (finding 'Basic Chess Endngs' to be useful there). Books containing detailed analysis of games on a move by move basis come recommended for all-all game study and improvement.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 19, 2005
This is one of my two favorite books that has games with move by move commentary that is at truly an advanced level. Dr. Nunn expects that you know the basics and doesn't use up space explaining basic concepts to you. You will get some explanation, however, as an advanced player you will be given a lot of depth in variations. Therefore, this book isn't for weaker players. If you are rated 1500+ you will not have any problems with this book. Otherwise consider getting Snyder's books, 'Unbeatable Chess Lessons for Juniors' or the more advanced follow up book of his, 'More Unbeatable Chess for Juniors' which is on par with 'Understanding Chess' in every way except there is more detail in the openings and more explanation of more basic concepts making it acceptable for players 1100+ (Intermediate on up). 'Understanding Chess' is given comes highly recommended.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 13, 2005
This is the best book published in the last 10 years - a collection of superb games with great notes by a great player and writer. The games illustrate a massive range of vital themes. Anyone who takes their time going through with a board and set is bound to benefit. Nunn explains the moves - and the reasons they were chosen - mainly with words, rather than chess variations, making this book suitable for readers of any level of ability. Buy this terrific book, you will not regret it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 30, 2005
For a book that will inspire and stretch you, look no further than Nunn's classic. It is not for absolute beginners, but for aspiring club and tournament players it will instruct and entertain.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 16, 2005
If you are looking for a move by move commentary of every single move and to have very deep and detailed analysis this book is good for players rated in the 1500 to 2000 range. The book is so detailed at points it can lose a lower rated player (for players rated 800 to 1600 I recommend, 'Unbeatable Chess Lessons for Juniors' as the best book like this one, except is isn't as detailed but more clear in important concepts. Nunn's Analysis is superbly accurate.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 29, 2001
It is natural to compare and contrast Understanding Chess Move by Move to the well-known Chernev classic Logical Chess Move by Move because Nunn's book is its obvious descendant. Whereas Chernev's games and explanations thereof could easily be used by players who might have learned the rules only a few months earlier, Nunn's 30 games really need more extensive background experience. Which is not to say that a beginner couldn't benefit, but that he'd definitely have a harder task ahead of him. Chernev focused on giving readers basic principles (and short variations) that left the reader believing a player would do well to strictly follow them. Nunn favors a more modern interpretation of basic principles as 'half-truths' that must be 'proven' by sometimes heavy-duty calculation. For example, Chernev will illustrate the terrible fate of a player who 'wastes moves' and neglects development (one of the opening principles) for a premature attack. Nunn, in contrast, presents World Champion Khalifman's triumphant breaking of those same principles. I enjoyed Understanding Chess because of Grandmaster Nunn's clear explanations, thematic ideas, attention to detail and summaries, but it was undoubtedly harder than Chernev's Logical Chess.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.