Learn Chess and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy New
$9.84
Qty:1
  • List Price: $12.95
  • Save: $3.11 (24%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
Want it Monday, April 21? Order within and choose Two-Day Shipping at checkout. Details
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more

Learn Chess Paperback


See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from Collectible from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$9.84
$6.87 $4.99

Frequently Bought Together

Learn Chess + Classic Wood Folding Chess Set + Chess for Children:  How to Play the World's Most Popular Board Game
Price for all three: $49.36

Buy the selected items together

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Image
Looking for the Audiobook Edition?
Tell us that you'd like this title to be produced as an audiobook, and we'll alert our colleagues at Audible.com. If you are the author or rights holder, let Audible help you produce the audiobook: Learn more at ACX.com.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Gambit Publications (October 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1901983307
  • ISBN-13: 978-1901983302
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author


Dr John Nunn is one of the best-respected figures in world chess. He was among the world's leading grandmasters for nearly twenty years, winning four gold medals in chess Olympiads and finishing sixth overall in the World Cup in 1989. He is a much-acclaimed writer, whose works have won 'Book of the Year' awards in several countries. In 2004, 2007 and 2010 Nunn was crowned World Chess Solving Champion, ahead of many former champions.


More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
5 star
23
4 star
6
3 star
4
2 star
1
1 star
0
See all 34 customer reviews
I like the author's style of writing and am enjoying reading it very much.
tommarball
I have, however, taught many novices how to play chess, and I would recommend this book to anyone new to the game.
Michael G. Kovacevich
The rules of the game are covered first and this is followed by a very detailed section on chess notation.
Patrick D. Goonan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

105 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Steve Scarry on February 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
An experienced scholastic chess coach enthusiastically recommended this book to me (there are so many beginner books out there that for a novice the choice is confusing). My friend explained that this book is easily the best guide for an adult looking to learn - well organized and written by a grandmaster who is known for the clarity of his writing and the care he takes over his books.

My friend was right! There are no gimmicks used in this book, just wonderful explanation of how to play the fascinating game of chess. The book begins by explaining the rules and aims of chess, how each piece moves and so on, and how the object is to checkmate the enemy king. This is followed by excellent sections on chess notation, how to win material, attacking play, and sections on the opening, middlegame and ending. There is so much explanation in this book (192 pages) that I regard is as one of the best value books I have purchased in a long time. Thank you, John Nunn, for writing this 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
70 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Patrick D. Goonan on January 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a very good beginner's book that covers a lot of ground in less than 200 pages. It is well-written and dense for it's size. It will take an average adult or teenager from not knowing anything about chess to being a competent beginner in a short period of time.

The rules of the game are covered first and this is followed by a very detailed section on chess notation. If you are or have ever been confused by this, Nunn makes sure you understand it inside out before moving on.

This book also has sections on winning material, attacks on the king, the various phases of the game and even chess psychology! It provides a great framework for a beginner to work off of and set goals during various stages of the game.

What I also like about this book is the numerous and extremely clear diagrams. Some chess books don't put enough in and you either need to have a board by your side or above average visualization skills. This is not likely for a beginner, so I think this feature adds a lot of value.

In addition, there are many exercise in the book that reinforce key concepts. This is very helpful and the exercises are good. They will help you to retain the material and there is enough material here that you will get your money's worth.
1 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
43 of 48 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 22, 2006
Format: Paperback
There are several reasons to recommend this primer.

1) - it teaches basic moves in a straightforward fashion

2) - it requires no prior knowledge of chess from the reader

3) - it presents the material very logically, step by step

4) - it covers basic strategy and has helpful general advice

5) - it is published by gambit (specialist chess company)

6) - it is good value with lots of ground covered (192 pages)

The author GM John Nunn is a player with a good reputation for sound advice. He makes sure the reader is never asked to run before they can walk. For a teenager or adult looking for a good value little guide, or refresher course on the rules, I would say this is ideal.
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
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Russael on April 27, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
There's a reason this book gets rave reviews. I'm basically a beginner at chess. And when you read the chess books, it all seems so daunting. You'll have to spend years just learning the opening moves. Then the moment black chooses a countermove, what do you do then? Study a few more years. I have about fifteen chess books, all of which look wonderfully intriguing, but actually overwhelming in their detail. I decided that it was impossible to learn something easily for a beginning chess player. When I say beginning, I mean I know all the rules, but I don't know any of the patterns. I've played a bunch of games, but without finesse. So then on Amazon I came across this book, and let me tell you I was skeptical. Either the book is so basic it's useless or it's so advanced it'll take me months just to learn a smidgeon of useful lore. But I was wrong! There is something to be learned at a beginning level in a beginner book. Not just the rules. There are guidelines for how to play opening, middle game, and end game that are actually quite useful and that I think I can apply. The book has given me some confidence. Perhaps more important, I have an inkling what to do at the various stages other than move pieces around and wait for something to happen. (Like I said, I'm a beginner.) I'm really quite pleased. I must say, if you're anything beyond the beginner stage, this is not the book for you. But it's definitely the book for me. I'm looking forward to my next chess game.
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
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Persnickity on September 16, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I love this book! It is so very well written. Easy to understand from beginning to end. Perhaps the best book ever written to teach chess to the adult who wants it simple yet not juvenile. I used to play chess long ago. I needed a book that would refresh my memory without bogging me down in trivial technicalities. If you are a very advanced player, this is not for you.
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
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 19, 2001
Format: Paperback
Clear and concise instruction on how to learn the game. The exercises at the end of the chapter's are a must for someone who
is serious to start taking on opponents.
Buy, Read and enjoy it, but most of all learn the basics of this
wonderful game.
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
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Walter E. Voit on February 6, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
John Nunn's "Learn Chess" is comprehensive tool for the beginner to learn the basics of Chess, as well as for players already familiar with the game to improve their skills. As the title indicates it is not for experienced players. The lessons are well written and easy to understand. Numerous illustrations make the rules and theory clear and excercises are very helpful to improve the learning process. A short history of the game and the Philosophy of Chess conclude the bool.
I for one, can highly recommend this 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

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Search
ARRAY(0xaca5318c)

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?