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Product Details

  • Series: Batsford Chess Book
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Batsford; Subsequent edition (June 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713484640
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713484649
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Irving Chernev (1900-1981) was a Russian-American chess author who wrote over 20 books, including the bestselling Invitation to Chess and Logical Chess: Move By Move (ISBN: 9780713484649).

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I would recommend this book to any beginner or intermediate player (up to 1800 maybe) of any age.
Chris Mitchell
This is a good book to explain why--that's the key concept--certain moves are played, and the themes, strategies & principles behind those moves.
Thomas Morris
This book was recommended to me many years ago by a chess book store owner when I was just starting to get serious about chess.
M. H. Smith

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122 of 124 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Smith on September 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
I've been buying and reading chess books for a year now, and I have to say that this is the book I read more than any other and feel I have learned the most from. It's relaxing to sit down with a board, pieces and a book and go through a game played between two great players, with move by move commentary included. You might think you're learning very little, but you'll be amazed at what sticks with you, and how you will start thinking more about what your opponents are planning when they make their moves, and how you will start calculating more deeply when it comes to your own.

I think that this kind of method of study is not only entertaining (Chernev is wonderful at drawing you into the game's "story," and by that I mean how the game develops and moves inexorably toward its decisive moment), but it teaches a beginner/low intermediate player a lot about openings (without going into all that dull and intimidating depth regarding variations etc. that you see in books on openings) and strategy (Chernev really stresses the importance in the games he chooses of players' efforts to either control or free up space, and squeeze out small advantages so that a decisive attack can be mounted). Chernev's commentaries are also very helpful when it comes to learning how to maximize the each piece's unique offensive and defensive capabilities. You'll begin to really understand where each piece belongs on the board and the difficulties you'll encounter if they're not in the right place.
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276 of 289 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
"LOGICAL CHESS, MOVE BY MOVE" by Erving Chernev is was the first book (to my knowledge) that uses complete games with every move analyzed. It has remained a well read and one of the top selling chess books for good reasons:

#1. The explainations are undersandable for the advanced novice.
#2. This way of teaching covers all important parts of the game, with the opening always being covered (of coarse!), almost always the middlegame and on occassion an endgame.

Other than the openings needing of updating, perhaps some more modern games being included and the book can get tedious when repeating itself to excess, these minor complaints are not too significant. In most cases the advanced novice is not going to be overly concerned about the openings being out of date, though a little more coverage and updating would improve the book a little. [...]
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224 of 236 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
"Logical Chess" is a logical way to teach chess. Games taken from play by strong players are used to provide neat lessons. To make sure everything that is important is covered one or more comments (and sometimes other move suggestions and comments) is made on all of the moves. [...] But that doesn't change the fact that "Logical Chess" is a classic and very good book to consider once beyond the beginner stage.
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88 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Tim B on July 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
I am currently on game 30 out of 33 in this book, and am rated around 1300 USCF. This is the now my favorite chess book of all time. The book has really taught me that every move in a game is important. Now when I make a move I am thinking to myself "what is the purpose of this move" and asking what my opponents moves accomplish.
Previously I was not a big fan of chess books, and preferred using software or videos. But this book presents the material in a really exciting way. The author shows no arrogance and does not use examples from his own games (even Yasser Seriwan can't resist a "watch how I saw this 30 move combination and used it to defeat silly Karpov!") that are more about ego gratification than teaching. Additionally the book is well edited, and I only found one small mistake.
Some people might not like the style of how ideas are repeated over and over, like explaining the first moves the Queens Gambit again and again. At first I did not either, but now I realize after reading 90% of the book that it really helped the ideas to sink in, and now I can use these ideas in my play.
... Some people might be able to read the book without setting up pieces, but I was not able to do this and fully understand all of the variations and ideas. There are quite a lot of diagrams though.
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212 of 225 people found the following review helpful By Sara Singer on May 16, 2005
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What a wonderful concept! Every move is commented on. And, Chernev started it all with Dr. Nunn writing, "Understanding Chess" for the advance player and the Chess for Jrs. Series writing "Unbeatable and More Unbeatable Chess For Jrs." for the Advanced Beginner and Intermediate Player.

My only two complaints are that this book is outdated and it gets rather boring when in each game there must be a comment for the same previously played opening move - both which the other books have taken care of.

Over all a very good book with a couple small flaws.
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71 of 74 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 20, 1998
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In preparation for an article I was writing, I recently asked a group of strong players (2200 and up) what book helped them "turn the corner" in chess when they were beginners. A Senior Master told me that as a freshman in High School he had been stuck at 1200 for some time and was making little progress despite reading books like Nimzovich's My System. A friend lent him Chernev's Logical Chess Move By Move and he said a light bulb went off almost immediately. Soon he was easily holding his own versus "C" players and a lot of what he had read in Nimzovich and elsewhere began to make sense. In this book Chernev annotates several instructive games between masters and amateurs. The results are predictable, but the key is that he explains the thinking behind every move. One lessons this teaches the advanced beginner is that, right or wrong, there should be a purpose to every move. Especially important is the fact that the annotations use a lot of pros! e that fully describes the planning that goes into a move rather than some dry variations devoid of explanation. A classic! Suitable for players 1000-1400 (and stronger players will like it, too).
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