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The Mammoth Book of Chess [Kindle Edition]

Graham Burgess
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Comprehensive, up to date, and clear, this invaluable guide will help even less experienced players to progress to good club level and better. It offers a complete guide to the main opening gambits along with hundreds of test positions for players at every level. Graham Burgess, FIDE Master, shows you all you need to know, from entering the world of chess, through Internet games, to major international tournaments. Features include:Entirely new and expanded sections on online chess, computers and openings.A complete guide to all the main opening gambits.Hundreds of test positions for players of all standards.Courses in tactics and attacking strategy.Analysis of some of the greatest games ever played.Information and advice on club, national, and international tournaments.Glossary of terminology.Practical advice and information for further study.

Editorial Reviews


The Mammoth Book of Chess is a cracker...nobody will fail to find something new here. British Chess Magazine.

About the Author

Graham Burgess has been a World Chess Federation (FIDE) Master since the age of 20. As well as having competed at international level for many years, he has written more than 20 highly acclaimed and award-winning books on chess, and edited more than 200. In 1994 he set a new world record by playing 510 games of "blitz chess" (five minutes for each player) in three days and winning a remarkable 85 per cent. He lives in Bristol.

Product Details

  • File Size: 18016 KB
  • Print Length: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson; New edition edition (September 10, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0038M3STM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,451 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Many great books in one September 16, 1997
By A Customer
"The Mammoth Book of Chess" contains all aspects of modern chess playing. Chess Openings sections explain the main chess openings that, in my opinion, are superior to the legendary "The Ideas Behind the Chess Openings" by Reuben Fine. Solid sections on endgames provide the key endgame principles definitely enought to understand (not memorize) and play well on at least class A level endgames. For the midle games, the book explains about mating, tactics, combinations, and attack & defence. Chess strategies are demostrated throughout the book. Tactics and Combinations sections are as good as "Winning Chess Tactics" by Seirawan and Silman. Attack and Defence section blows away some of the books written on that subject.

If you are new to chess, sections such as Beginning Chess, How to Play Chess, The Chess Clock, The Basic Mates and Chess Notation will be great help. Excellent explaination on computer chess and on-line chess playing can also be found in the book. A Brief History of the World Chess Championship and Chess Demographics are absolutely fascinating.

Graham Burgess, FIDE Master and experienced chess writer, has written the book exceptionally well. From the begining to the end, the book is of pure interest and excitment. Even the glossary section teaches you many things about chess such as 'Saavedra Position' and 'Time'. I own more than 50 chess books and have read about 50 more. But if I were to own only one chess book, this one would be it.

So, such a great book must cost a fortune?

It's only $8.76!!! (Amazon price)
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The price is right! July 11, 2003
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
For the price this is an excellent introduction to Chess. Its not for absolute beginners, you should have read at least one other book on beginners Chess (Chess for Dummies is a good one) but its not for "intermediate" players or advanced players only either. If you know enough of the basics (basic endgames, algebraic notation, etc), you will get a lot out of this book. I love the puzzles, they really make you think and it feels great to get a particularly hard one right. This book will make you a better chess player, if your just starting out (with the caveat above) or have been playing awhile. I would recommend this book for beginners and intermediate players. Advanced players might like this in their library, if only to loan out to friends that are trying to get up to speed. Buy it, at this price you won't be disappointed!
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77 of 89 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly executed Kindle edition October 25, 2010
By etaoin
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This seems like a pretty decent book for intermediate players. Nevertheless, the Kindle edition is useless. The illustrations are so small on a reader that they are kind of hard to make out, especially if you use your phone to read, e.g. when you are waiting at your child's swim meet. Also, the problems and their solutions are in different parts of the book. I just couldn't use the Kindle edition because there is no good way to flip back and forth between sections. The board diagrams, the solutions and their discussion should be on the same page, otherwise the Kindle edition is useless. Stick to the printed edition.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compact and comprehensive August 1, 1999
By A Customer
_One_ great book about chess. There are two parts in this book: the first about playing and the second about other aspects of chess.
There are a lot of tactical and strategic examples throughout the first part of the book. The combination section is fun. The opening section, though not exhaustive, conveys the ideas of many openings. The attack and defense section exemplifies many common themes such as the Nd5 sacrifice and the h-pawn hack. The endgame section, like the opening section, shows many examples rather than being exhaustive.
The second part of the book talks about how famous players started to learn chess, tournaments, clock, computer chess, Internet and chess, and chess & media. Those are very interesting reading mostly because they are written in a tone that engages the reader. The appendixes have basic chess rules, explanations of chess notation (the book talks about the history of it!), basic mates, and glossary.
Overall, this book talks about many different faces of chess yet manages to be of very good quality in them.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's REALLY Mammoth. September 18, 2000
Wow! A really cool book. (Bad books do NOT become BCF's "Book of the Year.") !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Let's see. What do you get? A section on: beginning chess, Openings, Middlegames, Endgames, Tactics, Attack and Defence. You get a section on the chess clock, on-line chess (somewhat dated), Correspondance chess, etc. Call it potpourri unlimited. (A little of something for everybody!) In fact, there is a something of almost everything about chess in here. (500+ pages!) [Maybe a little slanted towards the British side of everything.]
Two minor criticisms: Organization could have been a little bit better. And the paper is somewhat yellowish and see-through. The book has NOT fallen apart, but the cover and binding of my book is showing wear and tear. (But its been through a lot. I used to take it to school EVERY DAY when I taught at a local school last year!! The kids just loved thumbing through it.) Many pluses, one being some of the most comphrehensive indexes I've ever seen in a chess book!
However, all this is nit-picking. Everyone I know who has bought this book has LOVED it. And the bonus? It costs about 1/3 [or less], of what the average chess book sells for!! Buy it. If you don't like it, a friend will surely take it off your hands!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic reference chock full of moves by champions.
A classic reference chock full of moves by champions.
Published 3 months ago by Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book and fine condition
Published 3 months ago by glenn Oltman
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought As A Gift
The person I purchased it for says that it is a good book to read if you do not know the rules and want to learn more moves.
Published 11 months ago by Carol
3.0 out of 5 stars detailed book
This book covers a lot of info on Chess and is a great guide.

It is great as an introduction on many topics and well written.
Published 11 months ago by Peter
This is the kind of book suitable for everybody: beginners, intermediate players and even strong players at high level can find something in this Mammoth.... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Appropriately named. A winner.
I am still working my way through this very large, comprehensive, well organized, immensely useful compendium. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece
The boy I purchased this for knows this is a lifelong read. Loves it. His school has a chess club even tho' he's only in 5th grade.
Published 14 months ago by Dorinda Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is a great book woth the money easy to understand.
We all learned and now the whole family plays together.
Published 20 months ago by Dan Bridges
4.0 out of 5 stars My son kept my husband's copy
My family likes this book enough that my son kept my husband's copy, so I had to purchase another copy.
Published 21 months ago by A C Weber
5.0 out of 5 stars Book on Chess
It arrived quickly and at a very good price. Very good condition. I can always learn more. It is a game everyone should try, but with great patience.
Published 22 months ago by George S
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