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  • Series: Dover Chess
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Abridged edition (June 1, 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486202909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486202907
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is one of the first books any aspiring chess player should read.
G. Camara
This book, combined with Capablanca's classic "Chess Fundamentals" will give you a very strong grasp of modern chess strategy.
GB Guitars
Modern Chess Strategy, is one of he best book ever, being written by a Grand Masrter, How does the book work?
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71 of 74 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 11, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is the best one-volume strategy book on the market for all players below the USCF 2000 (Expert) level rating.
It contains virtually all of the information contained in other classic, highly-recommended texts such as ; My System (Nimzovich), Chess Praxis (Nimzovich), The Game of Chess (Tarrasch), and The Middlegame (Books 1 & 2 by Euwe).
The major difference between Pachman's book and the others is that it is the most modern, concise, and highly readable. Some of the other titles are quite verbose and occaisionally stray from the main lesson being presented.
In short, this book contains nearly everything an aspiring chessplayer needs to know about strategy to become a strong player.
Another bonus, as with all books from Dover, is the price tag. Dollar for Dollar, you would be hard-pressed to find a better value anywhere!
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55 of 62 people found the following review helpful By A. Ali on June 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is an abridgement of Pachman's three-volume "Complete Chess Strategy", which ranks as one of the classic works on strategic and positional chess (Another such work would be Euwe and Kramer's "The Middlegame", in two volumes.). Unfortunately the abridgement doesn't capture the rich and full flavor of the original. Many of the classic examples have had to be omitted for reasons of space. A player of class C strength might learn something from this abridgement, but for stronger players I would recommend the original three volumes. It's a fact of life that the general level of chess strength and erudition has risen markedly during the last several years; the level of knowledge that once would have sufficed to maintain B strength is, alas, inadequate.
Many of the topics discussed in Pachman now have specialist texts addressing them. For example, for isolated pawns, see Baburin's "Winning Pawn Structures"; for the major pieces see Damsky's "The Heavy Pieces in Action". There are numerous other examples. Pachman can be usefully employed as an introduction to these more specialised books.
Whether a player works with the abridgement or the original, I recommend he also have available Watson's "Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy", which lends perspective on the contemporary state of understanding of strategic and positional chess.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 28, 1998
Format: Paperback
Do you want to improve your chess. Are you rated under 2000? Then this is a good place to start. This is much easier reading than the often verbose and self-serving My System. Pachman's writing is clear and insightful. Buy this book and play through every few years. You will almost certainly gain new insights into chess with every reading. This book should be on every aspiring chess player's shelf alongside Larry Evan's New Ideas in Chess, Hans Kmoch's Pawn Power in Chess, David Bronstein's Zurich 1953, Bobby Fischer's My Sixty Memorable Games, Mikhail Botvinnik's 100 Selected Games, Mikhail Tal's Life and Games of Mikhail Tal, Alexander Alekhine's Best Games and Richard Reti's Masters of the Chessboard. That is some pretty lofty company, but Modern Chess Strategy is worthy of it. Oh, and you can't beat the price.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By GB Guitars on October 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
I started playing tournament chess back in the 70's. I dropped out of the chess world for a couple decades only to have my fascination with chess rekindled this year.
Even back then, back in the days of descriptive notation, back when the Fischer-Spassky match was recent history, back when the USCF was 60,000 members strong this book was suggested to me as "The best middle game book you can buy". "My System" by Nimzowitsch can be a bit too dense for the class level player. Pachman's book is much easier to understand.
Recently, I've been reading Jeremy Silman's book "How to reasses your chess". I'm finding that now that I've read Silman, Pachman makes a lot more sense. I'm now realizing that Pachman's strategies and Silman's "Imbalances" are just different ways of describing the same thing. Once you start seeing the ideas behind the strategies THEN you really start playing chess. This book is a great step to get there.
This book, combined with Capablanca's classic "Chess Fundamentals" will give you a very strong grasp of modern chess strategy.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is the best chess strategy book you can find. I read it when I was a beginner and re-read it 2 times since then, and as I grew in chess strength I discovered new meanings to author's comments and new subtleties of the positions examined, things that I didn't understand before seemed logical and clear the next time I read it. The book presents a thorough and comprehensive examination of important positional concepts, such as the value and placement of pieces, exchanges of material, importance of the centre, flank attacks, dynamical strategy, and how tactical ideas are connected to positional elements. The games examined are carefully chosen for appropriateness and comments and explanations are clear and meaningful. Read this book and watch your rating climb up!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By IM J. Callahan on April 24, 2002
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When I first picked up this book I was coming in with the knowledge that the book thrived on it's eloquent writing style, and clear definitions. That pretty much sums up this book by Pachman.
Most chess books are naturally dense. It is a fact that when you try to explain in words your plans in a chess game, someone, somewhere will find it hard to comprehend. But despite this against him, Pachman wrote a book that was not too difficult for ANYONE to understand. (I tested this by having my son read it, he is a Class D player.)
This book isn't filled with interesting positions or mind-boggling concepts for the advanced player. But if you are reading chess books as a novice player, looking to grasp a few "cool" ideas, this is a great book for you.
(It lost one star from me for it's simplicity; but if you are a Class C or below, this is a 5 star.)
[This book could raise a Class C and below's ELO by 100-150 points if studied well enough.]
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