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Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 1982
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If you are brand new to chess, want to learn to play relatively quickly, without getting bogged down with the more advanced stuff, and want something you can pick up and put down for short periods of time, this is a good book for you. You will learn the rules of the game and the basics of winning the game (checkmate, not long term strategy). It's pretty engaging because it doesn't spend a lot of time on explanations, instead most of its space is devoted to puzzles. Each page has a short one-move puzzle, with the answer on the next page. It's a pretty quick 'read', and it's pretty basic, probably anyone over 1300 should look for something more advanced.
I'm a little amused at all of the gripes:
"It wasn't written by Bobby Fischer." - OK, fine, but that doesn't mean it's not worthwhile. Many books supposedly by experts were really ghostwritten, doesn't make them worthless. And knowing Bobby's anti-social nature, I suspect he wouldn't be the greatest teacher himself, anyway ;)
"It doesn't teach chess." Sure it does. No, it doesn't teach *all* aspects of chess, but it does teach chess! It teaches everything you need to know to complete an entire game.
"Not enough written text." This is more of a learn-by-doing kind of book.
"Other books are better." Yep, there's lots of great books out there. This one has some good stuff in it, too.
Enough about its origins. What readers should be most concerned about is what the book is and whether it will help their chess skills. BOBBY FISCHER TEACHES CHESS begins from the very beginning with a 13-page introduction to the rules of chess. This is probably redundant since many chess boards come with a sheet describing the rules. The real instruction really consists only of a series of example situations, which the reader is asked "Can white checkmate? If he can, draw an arrow." then one has to turn the page to find out. The amount of situations here are very limited, and one would encounter them and master them in one's first few games. This makes the book rather unnecessary. There is no discussion of openings, no use of algebraic notation (which pretty much all other chess titles use). All the strategy presented is short-term, there doesn't appear to be even general hints such as the importance of gaining control of the centre of the board.Read more ›
Look at How to Beat Your Dad at Chess book and if you want a book that teaches you the whole game with all parts covered get the book called Chess For Juniors instead because it teaches you more about everything and includes all the important checkmate positions anyway.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an amazing book for beginners, I was given this book as a young child, around 10 years old, (now 25) and because of this book, it has made me the great chess player I am... Read morePublished 6 days ago by EricB
Absolutely excellent if you are looking for a solid beginners tactics book and introduction to playing chess. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Aaron Wilson
Grandpa gave this as a gift to the grandkids who are beginning studying chess. They are ages 12, 10 and 7 respectively. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Teresa P Orlik
I bought this because of the unique teaching method behind it and the endorsement - Wow - I definitely got way more out of this book than the Chess For Dummies' book... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lily
Bought this back around the time of the Fischer-Spassky match. Bobby only lent his name to the project. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Steelers fan
This book does exactly what it says. Teaches chess! I am expert player 1900+ and will say that anyone below 1500 or beginners will learn something about chess they didn't know... Read morePublished 1 month ago by pretty kitten