The basic ideas of Chess are well known, and over the years many prominent Masters and Grandmasters have written books designed to teach beginners those rudiments. So it seems reasonable to ask why yet another exposition of this same material is either warranted or necessary.
The answer is simple. Learn Chess Fast is clearer, more logically organized, more complete, and, especially, more insightful than anything ever written, progressing smoothly and effortlessly from the most basic concepts to the more complex, and thus making the beginner's learning task far easier. It does this because it represents the culmination of the author's 50 + years of successful experience in teaching both Chess and Go beginners of all ages, from young juveniles thru older adults.
Throughout, key ideas are boldly highlighted in prominent text boxes, so the things most in need of the student's attention/learning are clearly distinguished from supporting concepts, and all ideas are profusely and clearly illustrated.
Early on, the concept is introduced that the "standard' version of Chess that forms the book's subject is really only the most prominent variant of an entire complex of similar but sometimes strikingly different games. Then it's explained that the"special rules" governing such things as Castling, the "En Passant" pawn capture, et al are only the unavoidable residue of the game's speedup in the Middle Ages, with the result that what other books present as seemingly arbitrary and oft confusing facts to be memorized, here become logical constructs that are easily remembered!
The book's many hundreds of diagrams and clear explanatory text better answer the key questions that all Chess primers must address, and such things as its exposition of the reasons why memorization of the Openings is counterproductive will save the beginner from much unnecessary later trauma. The overall result is a unique, self-teaching primer that speeds learning while increasing the beginner's enjoyment and understanding. As one of its reviewers said "This is the book I wish I had when I was learning to play Chess". Check it out for yourself and discover why Learn Chess Fast is the ideal gift for your own family members, as well as for those friends and relatives who've had difficulty in learning Chess in the past or whom you've never before been able to interest.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Where was this book when I was trying to learn to play chess?? I never got any good at playing chess because all of the chess books I found were boring and dense with diagrams and variations and never really explained anything about WHY I would want to play one move instead of another! This book finally explains WHY to play moves and what they aim to do. The writing is clear and concise. The diagrams and examples are clear and to the point. Gone is the need to guess and try moves. I guess you still have to work and practice to get good at Chess, but now I'll have a solid basis for that. The book starts off in the usual way, so that a rank novice can learn the basics, but as the book progresses the author explains some things that I don't think have ever before been explicitly and clearly explained in print. What was once an impenetrable barrier and complex morass of openings and variations with strange names is suddenly distilled down to some principles and ideas that are not all that hard to grasp and follow. The ideas and principles of the middle and late game are explained in terms that make it clear HOW TO WIN a chess game! I'm not even sure that some stronger players that have been playing for some time know these things, they might benefit too. The old saying of "don't judge a book by its cover" is really true on this one! Boy is it ever!! Thanks for writing this book!