Chess For Dummies

Chess For Dummies

by James Eade
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Chess For Dummies 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though it wouldn't be at the top of my list of recommend introductory chess books, "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Chess" is clearly better (if you must have one of the major series books). The format of "Chess for Dummies" is not in a very logical order in certain places and suddenly you are confronted with material that has nothing to do with what needs to be covered at that point. Consider getting either "Chess for Everyone" (my first choice) or "Learn Chess" by Alexander and Beach (my second choice) as excellent introductory chess books for many reasons.
Bookunderdog More than 1 year ago
This book is certainly not as good as the competition ("Complete Idiot's Guide to Chess" or "Chess for Everyone; A complete guide for the Beginner) in that the format is difficult to follow. It jumps around to much and just when you are following a segment something out of the blue is tossed in that just doesn't fit in! But then why a decent rating of 3 stars? Well, it has a lot of instructional material and if you can manage to follow the material then there is a lot of information provided.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the negative reviews here and they all seem to make the same complaints: it isn't comprehensive enough, it doesn't cover everything, it doesn't say everything that could be said, the layout is confusing etc etc etc What all these critics seemed to miss is that the book is called 'Chess FOR DUMMIES', it is not intended to be comprehensive, or even close to it, it is intended to teach you that basic terminology and introduce the basic ideas, and then direct the more serious student towards more mature resources, which it does, in Appendix B. The book introduces one to the basic rules of chess, including the more obscure rules which are unknown to most beginners, such as 'en passant', it introduces one to the history of chess, it introduces one to the basic principles of chess, the opening, the middlegame, and the endgame, it introduces one to some very basic terminology, it tells one where to find the best chess web sites and places to find an opponent, and it has a good glossary of basic terms, it introduces one to basic chess notation, and introduces famous players and games, and offers encouragement to beginning by assuring them that the idea that one needs to be a 'supergenius' to play good chess is a total myth, that chess does not require exceptional intelligence. And in addition to all of this, it is very easy to read and understand. Exactly what more can one expect from book called 'Chess for Dummies'? Now, the complaint 'it doesn't go into depth describing the openings, sometimes offering only the first 3 moves'. The person making this complaint apparently missed the 'for dummies' part of the title. I am at a near total loss to understand how an in depth exploration of various openings, beyond the first 3-4 moves, is helpful to a beginner. The fact of the matter is that most people, in the real world, who are not chess experts, do not play according to whatever theory or model you might have in mind. Knowing what the first 30 book line moves for the Sicilian defense are will not help most beginners because most of the opponents they face will not make the moves the opening theory expects them to make. And cluttering up the book by considering umpteen variations does not exactly help matters. The only people likely to play an opening down to the first 10,20,30 moves are experts, and if you one is beginner, than one shouldn't be playing against experts anyway because one will not learn anything. A beginner should be playing against other beginners. The way to learn how to play better chess is playing against opponents with a similar skill level. Much better than listing all of the 10,20,30 book moves for every opening is to introduce the first few moves of some of the more popular openings, introduce the basic principles of openings so that beginners will know what they are supposed to be accomplishing in the opening, introduce the basic terminology, and then direct the readers elsewhere for more information. And what do you know, that is precisely what this book does. So the complaint that the book 'doesn't go into much depth about various openings' is just silly. This is a very good basic introduction to chess, the complaint that it not comprehensive is ridiculous. It is not intended to be comprehensive, it's for dummies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Many people complain that it is not comprehensive enough, but remember, its for beginners. If your a beginner at chess get this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book just loaded with information on chess. The problem I feel is that it is poorly organized and as such it can be confusing for a beginner - certainly not a book for young readers (would recommend 'Chess for Juniors' for kids in a flash or adults). Chess is a game that needs to be taught in a logical progressive order. You will find 'Chess for Dummies' jumps from one thing to another in a chaotic manner with some of the material coming off the wall.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book may not be the first book you want to read if you've never played before, but definently the second. This book tells the reader good books, and sites to chek out along with basic principles of the game
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is for someone who knows nothing of chess. This is a total beginner's book. Which is all it is supposed to be. Now for a parent that knows nothing of chess and that has a child that wants to learn, this is also a good book for both or just a child alone if he has friends that play or a computer program, to play against. It will not help them beat the computer but what it does do is give the aspiring player a good foundation to start down the road to playing the game. I would suggest this book as a first for children or an aldult because if their interest does not go past this book. They will not need any other to get them playing. It is a good investment for beginner's. But if the chess bug bites the will have the first book of a chess library. Then you can look at the list of books that someone else left.
philsanderson1967 More than 1 year ago
I do not understand why this book is getting negative reviews.  I read it many years ago and learned quite a bit from it.  Some of the principles in this book have stuck with me all this time.  I no longer have the book.  But I am just now getting into chess pretty seriously once again and am thinking about repurchasing it.  If you are a beginning chess player, this book will at least get you to the amateur level if not the novice.  
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Book does not go too deep into chess strategies or tactics. Openings only show 1-3 moves in. There are better books out there to learn the great game of chess.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ugg!!! I don't really like the entire 'Dummy Series' as a whole which only a real 'dummy' would buy. This really applies to this book. It covers the very basic rules in a very skippy way. Then jumps from here to there is formatted 'mini' chapters that really leaves out so much material that any beginning student would be lost. This is one of the worst beginning books ever written, but has sales only because of it being part of the 'dummy' series. Spend your time really looking at reviews of good beginning chess books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The entire way this book is organized is sad. Because it does cover 'some' decent material to introduce a total 'dummy' to the game I have refrained form giving it just one star. It doesn't compare to THE IDIOT'S GUIDE TO CHESS or if you are a child or an adult wanting to to have the greatest simplicity then a great book is CHESS FOR JUNIORS. Consider looking into these books first and you will thank me for mentioning this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Simply put this book leaves out essential material that is important in teaching chess to a beginner. The book doesn't present material in a good order that allows the student to build on earlier material. I teach chess in elementary schools, running several after school programs each week. I therefore have looked into and investigated over a dozen beginners books. This one is at the bottom of the list for anyone of any age.