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Product Details

  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Visual; 1 edition (December 18, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470049839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470049839
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #615,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

JON EDWARDS, Ph.D., is a United States Correspondence Chess Champion and a Senior International Master. He has authored seven previous books on chess and has been a chess instructor since 1976. He is the webmaster of Chess is Fun, a site that provides chess instruction to players of all ages.

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Jon Edwards won the 10th United States Correspondence Championship in 1997 and the 8th North American Invitational Correspondence Chess Championship in 1999. He is a four time winner of the APCT (American Postal Chess Tournaments) Championship and a two time winner of the APCT Game of the Year Award. He received his correspondence International Master (IM) in 1997, his Senior International Master (SIM) in 1999. He has competed on the United States Correspondence Chess Olympiad team, reaching the final round. His correspondence ICCF rating of 2580 places him in the top 200 correspondence chess players worldwide.

He has written more than 20 chess books, notably including The Chess Analyst (Thinkers Press, 1999) which chronicles the success in the US championship, Teach Yourself Visually: Chess (Wiley, 2006), a photographically based chess primer, and Sacking the Citadel: The History, Theory, and Practice of the Classic Bishop Sacrifice (Russell Enterprises, 2011). He is also web master of Chess is Fun [www.queensac.com], a popular chess instruction web site that receives more than 100,000 hits a week.

Jon writes a regular column, You Can Do It, for Chess Life for Kids.

Most recently, Jon has started a new series of instructional chess books, Chess is Fun, right here on Amazon.

Jon provides chess instruction in the Princeton, NJ area. He has taught chess to more than 1,500 students over 30 years.

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This book is fantastic for beginners!
Stupid Police
Teach Yourself Visually Chess takes you from the basic to some very effective defenses and attack strategys.
Bogiemister
Everything was very concise, clear, and understandable.
Victoria Benade

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Zaine Ridling on December 4, 2007
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'chessguy' nails it -- Jon Edwards is a great teacher because of what he does not write. Leaving aside anything that does not get you up and running as a player with a clear understanding of the game's rules, tactics, and traditional strategies, this book is pure gold and betrays its simplistic visual "series" title. There's far more here than meets the eye. If you work your way through the book with a chessboard in front of you, it will go quickly.

As a beginner in 2007, I bought over 50 chess books. However, this book was the most helpful of all of them. If you're buying someone you know who's recently become interested in chess a book, Jon Edwards won't let you down.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Auburn Annie on July 14, 2008
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This book is so easy to read, makes the concepts so clear for a beginner, I keep it at my side. Very well written. Every beginner should have it.
Annie
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Predrag Putic on July 27, 2009
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This is one of the best chess books around.
Highly recommended!
Top level quality.

Predrag Putic
Professional Chess Teacher
Chess Master
Toronto
Canada
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jswell on September 5, 2008
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Very good product for beginners and those who have not played in a long time. You really need several books on chess, but this is a GREAT product.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Benade on March 8, 2012
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If you're new to chess such as my self and really want to get a grasp on the game, this is the only way to go. I purchased a total of 9 books on chess, including two of the more popular "beginner" books, "Chess for Dummies" and "The Complete Idiots guide for Chess".

This was helpful because it not only helped me to move on to more advanced books at a very fast pace, this book goes over something more than "Strategy" (Which is still oh so important in chess). It goes through the very basics in order to have a strong foundation in your game.

It also didn't feature a common problem I found in other chess books, the order in this book was perfect. Everything was very concise, clear, and understandable. I wasn't just reading - I was learning.

I do, however have one problem with this book. It gives an excellent foundation on the game, but, it seems to "rush through" other very important parts of the game, such as the Casteling move, It seems to be perfect right up to the chapter on more openings, than it seems the author "speed things up", it wasn't as concise as previous chapters, and I found the information hard to follow and slightly more dry.

At any rate, still an excellent book, I'd recommend checking out more books on chess as well just to get a nice, firm grasp. From here I'd go to "The Complete Idiots Guide to Chess", it pretty much covered what this book didn't (And, this book covered what that book didn't), and after reading both I had an excellent handle on the game. I would not recommend "Chess for Dummies", there was very little to no good information in that book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K8 on May 15, 2011
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As a beginner into the game of chess, I was looking for a text that broke the game down into its easiest of pieces and allowed the player to develop at his/her own pace. This book does that.

Its pictures are a wonderful addition, especially for those adults (and especially children) who learn visually instead of through context. It explains moves, situations, and strategies and then shows actual pictures of a chess board to further explain the scenarios.

Lastly, it allows for growth as a player. This is not a weekend read that will leave you looking for more. It starts with the simple and finishes with the more complex. This book will keep you going for some time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Juge on March 11, 2011
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Yes, this is a fantastic book to learn from. It's both easy to follow and fun to read. Every Chess book should be this visual.

It's also an amazing teaching tool.

I started a chess club at my son's middle school this year, and pretty much teach the kids straight from this book. Its short, informative chapters allow me to easily get across any idea I'd like to teach, from basic to more advanced.

If you've never read a Chess book before, if you fear dry, boring passages... try this book. It's fantastic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By REW on January 12, 2011
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I was looking for a good book for my seven year old grandson who is learning to play chess. This one is excellent. I'm very happy with it.
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