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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Chess, Third Edition Paperback – May 3, 2005
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This book is ok for somebody who knows well the rules and the very basic stuff. Otherwise, just so, so, but takes work!
Of all the books that I have read, this book has helped me the most. The rules and fundamentals of the game were explained in a manner that the chess novice could understand with diagrams included to allow you to visually see what was being explained to you. After only reading the first three chapters I was playing games of chess with friends and against my computer and actually winning a few games. I never thought I would actually be playing a game of chess but now I find it's my favorite hobby. I recommend this to anyone who has always wanted to play chess but felt that they weren't cut out for the game. You'll learn easily and find yourself playing chess in no time.
franchise being bad for one's self esteem.
Technically, the ranting guy is right- the "Idiot" franchise IS idiotic, but this is a trivial, pedantic point and not worth wasting such a long review on. Yeah, we all know that the publisher is using the logo to try to sell books, just like McDonalds or Microsoft. Big Deal.
Fact is, Patrick Wolf is a top Grandmaster, and if you are smart, you will listen to anything he has to say about chess. If you are a beginner, there is plenty of good stuff for you here.
I own a whole bookshelf of chess books and play at around an 1800 level. There are lots of useful excercises in the book for a player of my level, too. I got it out of the library, but if I were a beginner, I would buy the book and just enjoy it.
In particular, I enjoyed the "movie" sequences; in one example, you can follow a
whole combination that Kasparov played against Anand in a world championship. These frequent "chess movies" help the novice visualize the flow of action on the board. You can go backwards and forwards.
Also, Wolff actually wrote the book himself, which is more than one can say for "Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I gave it 5 stars! I'm learning lots, and hope to be able to finally beat my young grandchildren in a game or two, or at least extend the game a bit!Published 4 months ago by faye stylianopoulos
Love this book. It, along with Chess for Dummies which provides a slightly different explanation process, has really helped me understand the game better. Glad I bought it.Published 6 months ago by Sam Abshier
This is an excellent book for a beginner. While it won't turn you into an overnight Grandmaster, it introduces concepts in small steps, from how the pieces move, to minor piece... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Joe B.