Here are 62 masterly demonstrations of the basic strategies of winning at chess, compiled and annotated by one of the game's most admired and respected writers. Each game offers a classic example of a fundamental problem and its best resolution, described and diagrammed in the clearest possible manner for players of every level of skill.
As Irving Chernev observes in the Introduction, "Who will doubt the tremendous power exerted by a Rook posted on the seventh rank after seeing Capablanca's delightfully clear-cut demonstration in Game No. 1 against Tartakower? And who will not learn a great deal about the art of handling Rook and Pawn endings (the most important endings in chess) after playing through Tarrasch's game against Thorold?"
Chernev's lively and illuminating notes on each game reveal precisely how Capablanca, Tarrasch, and other masters—Fischer, Alekhine, Lasker, and Petrosian among them—turn theory into practice as they attack and maneuver to control the board. Readers will find their techniques improving with each lesson as Irving Chernev dissects winning strategies, comments on alternate tactics, and marvels at the finesse of winning play, noting at the end of his Introduction: "I might just as well have called this collection The Most Beautiful Games of Chess Ever Played."
Chernev's book could have equally been title "The Most Instructive Chessbook Ever Written." Although the games are almost 50 years old at the newest, they are carefully... Read morePublished 5 months ago by E. Fisher
book was hard to follow without having another book to explain what each symbol meantPublished 5 months ago by angela jefferson
It's one of the best books for teaching positional play for young chess players. I tend to work through the book several times a year. It's like comfort food for the brain.Published 10 months ago by Bruce Tate
These games are definitely worth studying. Much can be learned from the masters. I highly recommend this book to anyone.Published 11 months ago by hubert guntermann
The author is very concise and simplistic with his e planations. A good way to improve your chess by learning from the clasical games.Published 21 months ago by smooth
... said my chess playing husband. A very good value for the money. He is really enjoying reading the book and playing out the games.Published 22 months ago by A. Monk