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ISBN-13: 978-1118016954 ISBN-10: 1118016955 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 3 edition (September 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118016955
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118016954
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Your quick and easy guide to the rules, strategies, andetiquette of chess

Kings, queens, knights — does chess seem like a royal painto grasp? This friendly guide helps you make the right moves. Fromusing the correct terms to engaging in the art of attack, you'llget step-by-step explanations that demystify the game. Offeringeasily understood explanations of the game and its components,Chess For Dummies is your one-stop resource for improvingyour chess skills.

  • Chess 101 — get an introduction to the basic elements ofchess and familiarize yourself with the board

  • Greet the pieces — meet the rook, bishop, queen, king,knight, and pawn (and get to know their powers)

  • Kick it up a notch — discover the ins and outs of chessnotation and different types of tactics and combinations

  • Gain chess know-how — find out how to make sacrifices,pick up on pawn formations, and use patterns for checkmating

  • Put your chess foot forward — grasp the principles of playand the nuances of each phase of the game: the opening, middlegame,and endgame

Open the book and find:

  • Rules of the game

  • Plain-English explanations of chess terminology

  • How to pick a board and set

  • Information on the desired destination — checkmate

  • When it's wise to take a hit to secure a greater advantage

  • The various chess competitions you can participate in

  • The ten greatest games and players of all time

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  • The elements of the game and the pieces' powers

  • Tactics, combinations, and tips for recognizing differentpatterns

  • The principles of play that you can use in the opening,middlegame, and endgame

About the Author

James Eade became a United States Chess Federation chess master in 1981. International organizations awarded him the master title in 1990 (for correspondence) and in 1993 (for regular tournament play). Today, he writes about and teaches chess.

Customer Reviews

I recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn to play the game of chess.
Shannan
I use to play chess many years ago and this is a good book to get re-aquainted with the game.
S. Dolby
Now I have a better idea how to develop a tactical plan for each stage in the game.
Metallurgist

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on October 28, 2011
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I retired from teaching chess a couple of years ago. I coached three High School state champions and another student who I helped became a Grand Master.

Buy this book. The book is aimed at beginners and players who want to improve.

Eade starts the reader with "zero knowledge" and leads us through most of the common things one must know about chess. His style is entertaining and interesting. There are some holes in the knowledge (three things to attack, pawn islands, etc...) and most of the explanations are short... However, he explains that the book presumes you will find someone who will help explain, explore, and master the material.

Will you become a good player with this book? If you learn by reading and have a resource that can help you explore the ideas more... such as pattern reorganization... then the answer is yes. Here is most of what you need to start and become reasonably strong (better than your friends or Dad) in one book. That is extremely rare.

No board (a way to say "chess set") is needed (until the games at the back of the book), the diagrams are reasonably clear so this book can be read anywhere. However, keep in mind this is an introduction to chess. You will want to follow it up with something that will drill you in pattern reorganization such as the "Total Chess Training" series and a more advanced book such as "How to Reassess you chess" (by Jeremy Silman). [Among other useful recommendations.]

I hate to admit it... but I learned a couple of new things (technical words to explain things) reading this book. I wish this book was around when I started.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Metallurgist TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 30, 2011
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I consider myself a novice recreational player. I played no chess between the ages of about 18 and 32 and then only played with my children and now my oldest granddaughter, who is seven. I mention this because I choose to review this book in terms of its use to help me teach my granddaughter to play better chess and as a tool to help me improve my own game.

FOR A SEVEN YEAR OLD JUST LEARNING TO PLAY - The first 100 pages of this book covers all of the basics and is a good starting point for such a beginner. However, it was not written for a seven year old, so it is useful as a reference for teaching as opposed to a self-teaching tool. After this introductory material the book veers into quite a bit of chess theory, such as pattern recognition, combination moves, sacrifices and advanced pawn formations, which I find is a bit advanced for my granddaughter. This is followed by sections on the opening game, middle game and end game chess. The section on chess openings is very suitable for the beginner, but unfortunately it relies on some more complex previously presented sections such as pattern recognition. While I though this book helped me teach my granddaughter, she has several books that are written expressly for children that I think are better choices for a child just starting to learn chess.

FOR THE NOVICE RECREATIONAL PLAYER - This book is a much better choice for someone like myself. I learned a lot. It clarified some of the rules that I had learned incorrectly. It showed me how to recognize patterns and how to better plan my games. Heretofore, I would classify myself as a "wood pusher", one who moves aimlessly waiting for my opponent to make a mistake before I do. Now I have a better idea how to develop a tactical plan for each stage in the game.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Newell VINE VOICE on November 20, 2011
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"Chess for Dummies" seems to be a bit of an oxymoron, but like most volumes in this absurdly titled series, the book is hardly for dummies; it's for people who want to learn to play chess, or who can already play at roughly the beginner to intermediate level and want to play better.

As an instrument for learning how to play chess the first part of the book, comprising six chapters, is really quite good, although some more advanced concepts seem to get mixed in at a very early stage (isolated and backward pawns, for instance, are heady concepts for the complete beginner).

The second part of the book, five more chapters, covers the basic of tactics and some concepts of positional play. While the section on tactics is good enough, I think it could have been longer and more complete; there's material on "advanced pawn formations" that seems above mid-grade and certainly above beginner level.

The third part of the book is a survey of strategy, openings and middle and end game play. The opening section is brief, but I think that's a good thing; beginners can get lost in opening theory when they should be working on tactics instead.

Part four of the book is a brief summary of live play, such as clubs and tournaments, and internet play. The internet section is a little too sparse at about seven pages in length.

The last part of the book is a compendium of "the ten most" and "the ten best" lists, which the author claims is required in a "Dummies" book. I don't know if that's true but not a whole lot of value is added here.

So, what do we make of this book? My brief survey of its content probably demonstrates to you, as it did to me, that the author is trying to provide something for everyone from beginner to intermediate. In that, he succeeds.
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