Buy Used
$4.07
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Used: Acceptable | Details
Condition: Used: Acceptable
Comment: This book has already been well loved by someone else and that love shows. It MIGHT have highlighting, underlining, be missing a dust jacket, or SLIGHT water damage, but over-all itâ?TMs still a good book at a great price! (if it is supposed to contain a CD or access code, that may be missing)
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Chess: Tactics and Strategy Hardcover – November 29, 2009


Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$7.87 $0.01

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Castle Books (November 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785815163
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785815167
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,099,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
5 star
7
4 star
1
3 star
2
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 10 customer reviews
Overall, a fun and informative book.
D.W. Kittrell
The reason I gave it 5 stars (besides the fact that it is great) is that this hardcopy edition is actually several dollars cheaper than the paper edition of TMBOC!
M. H. Smith
I am giving this book a rating of five stars with the beginning/intermediate chess player in mind.
B. Johansson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D.W. Kittrell on August 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
For the price and the amount of information that is included this book is a definate steal. All Chess enthusiasts should be able to find something of value here. As previous reviewers have noted, this is a reprint of THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF CHESS in hardcover and to be sure, it is not the kind of book you read cover to cover. It is rather like an encyclopedia, where you look up an article of interest to get whatever info you are looking for. The highlights are:

1. About 900 diagrams covering annotated games, quizzes, tactical examples, endgame studies, combinations, and openings.

2. 168 page survey of the openings. Though not meant to be exhaustive or too in depth, there are many variations and game examples that should give you many ideas for your own games.

3. A 42 page Glossary of terms that is very informative and fun to read too.

4. A Comprehensive index of all the game examples and the openings.

5. Appendii in the back on how to play chess and also a nice history of chess notation.

There is one interesting lowlight, however. This book was originally published in 1997 and there is an article on playing chess online. The information given is obviously outdated. Which is funny, because the game of chess is not, even though it's been around 1400 years longer than any PC and the Internet.

Overall, a fun and informative book.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. H. Smith on March 27, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is a hardcopy word-for-word reprint of "The Mammoth Book of Chess".(TMBOC)
Therefore, go check out the reviews on that book - they apply equally to this book.
The reason I gave it 5 stars (besides the fact that it is great) is that this hardcopy edition is actually several dollars cheaper than the paper edition of TMBOC!
This book has it all; history, rules, basic mates, lessons in tactics and combinations, positional concepts, endgame principles, overview of virtually every opening, traps, classic games, use of computers, internet resources, etc. etc. etc.
I have a few pet peeves regarding the book, but at "such a good price" for such a spectacular book there is nothing else to say, but BUY IT!
P.S. just so you know what one of my pet peeves is- the book is somewhat unbalanced in it's coverage of the openings. For example, in the section dealing with the King's Indian Defense (a very popular opening, to be sure) he gives a number of really great illustrative games.
However, when discussing the Nimzo-Indian Defense (probably equally as popular), the illustrative games are rather sparse.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Hardcover
I am giving this book a rating of five stars with the beginning/intermediate chess player in mind. This text is a great way to move from being a true beginner to having a solid grasp of the fundamentals of chess. A person could learn quite a bit from simply reading the glossary.

If you are looking for a book to teach you to play chess better than the average joe, and serve as a springboard for more advanced study (I recommend Nimzovich's My System, for example) this is the book to get. I promise you that you will be hard pressed to find this wealth of information at this price in any other text.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chess Buddhist on December 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I was totally engaged by this book, probably because of the chess problems included within. The book gives short treatment to dozens of opening lines, leading to open and closed types of games. Easy to follow and a good way to get familiar with some of the deeper elements of chess. This book is a good way to get beyond guessing your next move, particularly in the opening. It will prime you for the more intermediate-level books out there. If you play chess regularly, this is a valuable resource for you to keep on your shelf.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Hardcover
This book is a strange mixture. It was first published in 1997, with the British title of "The Mammoth Book of Chess". Graham Burgess wanted to justify this title by presenting in three parts a pocket "encyclopedia" of chess for the general public, with the grand ambition to cover all aspects of chess -- play, sociology of chess, history, online chess, etc... For this effort the book won him the British Chess Federation Book of the Year Award in 1997.
Burgess is an excellent chess writer, precise and elegant. It is always a pleasure to read his prose.

However for us, intermediate players in the US, the book reappears with a fresh new title "CHESS Tactics and Stragegy -- Great games, Test Positions, Openings, 900 Illustrations". No mention in this American title of the original British ambition to offer an encyclopedia of chess for the general public. And in fact this is not too important for the substance of the book.
The illustrations are very good and show up very well on the good paper of the hardback edition published by the American CASTLE BOOKS. This is not the case for the paperback edition still called "The Mammoth Book of Chess" published by Carroll & Graf, still on lousy cheapo greyish paper.

I own another Graham Burgess book "The World's Greatest Chess Games", also published by Carroll and Graf, unfortunately in its paperback edition, since no hardback edition is yet available, and this is a very unsatisfactory paperback for anybody who loves good books. For this collection of great games is fabulous and deserves a much better edition.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Customer Images


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?