Complete Chess Course

Complete Chess Course

by Fred Reinfeld
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Complete Chess Course 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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To understand why this book is a five star book requires that you understand a concept inherent in almost all activities. That concept is, 'What do you want from this activity?' If you are a beginner who truly wants to become an Internation Grandmaster then this is probably not the beginner book for you. If you want to become a strong club and weekend tournament player this book is probably not for you (although it lays a good solid foundation for you to build on). If you are a beginner or novice (anyone rated lower than 1000 U.S.C.F. [class E])who wants to learn and/or improve to about U.S.C.F class C (1400) so they can win more games at the club level then this IS a good book for you. The main complaint about the openings being out of date comes with a caveat. The lines may be out of date but they may hold an idea which you (from beginner to Internation Grandmaster and especially Postal and Internet players)need. Ever wonder why people keep all those outdated copies of MCO, The Chess Encyclopedias, and other opening books? Because the new version dropped some of the variations! Thus it is with Reinfeld's section on openings. The section on tactics and combinations is excellent early training for anyone. The fact that the eight books were combined into one is a master stroke by the publisher and they are to be congratulated for keeping these books in print. For those of you that are on a mission to become an International Grandmaster, I suggest you start with Lev Albert's seven volumn complete chess course (which can be found at Barnes and Noble.com) and then get into some heavy duty opening books (also available here on B & N)some heavy duty endgame books, and some heavy duty middlegame and combination books, all to be found right here on B & N. John Nunn's books would be more appropriate for you. But years later you might be sorry you didn't give Reinfeld's book a shot! All in all, a well done collection of Reinfeld's books and I highly recommend them!
Guest More than 1 year ago
An earlier review in this section dismisses this book as 'outdated'. Don't be misled. This is a superb compilation of several books that Reinfled published over the course of his lifetime. The game of chess has the same pieces, board and number of moves that it always has had. Classic chess thinking and instruction can never be outdated no more than classic literature. Reinfeld's methods of instruction and the annotated games are pure enjoyment and execellent lessons. For sure, there are new approaches from modern masters and other books that will serve you well, but you can't go wrong with Reinfled's complete study course.It can help shape your game and then you're free to decide if the classic or more modern approaches suit you.