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Complete Chess Course: From Beginning to Winning Chess--a Comprehensive Yet Simplified Home-Study Chess Course. Eight Books in One Hardcover – October 5, 1959
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Combining eight volumes into one, the most comprehensive book on chess ever published. From opening gambit to endgame, this home-study chess course is the classic in the field.
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Combining eight volumes into one, the mostacomprehensive book on chess ever published. Fromaopening gambit to endgame, this home-study chess courseais the classic in theafield.
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I'll take the word of some other reviewers that the analysis and openings are out of date. However, in my casual circle of play, it doesn't matter. Most of us can't tell a Giuoco Piano from a Steinway Piano, and most of us don't care. We play for fun, not competition. (I'm not slamming competitive players, merely recognizing that different people play for different reasons.)
This book helped me to become a better casual player. I can now make sense out of my games, and have a better ability to plan my game. It's made chess a lot more fun, even when I lose (a not-uncommon outcome.) The analysis isn't deep, but it's understandable and to the point. It's also relevant to the level of chess at which I play.
1) No hero worship - The names of the masters who play the example games and positions are almost entirely omitted. Thus the beginning student is presented, not with unapproachable paragons of skill, rather, cold hard chess as it happens at the board.
2) Games chosen from the "golden" age - The games in the book are mostly from the 19th century, and highlight the basic themes beginners should understand in stark clarity. Many of the games are by Steinitz. You won't see the fantastically deep strategies of Alekhine, which are incomprehensible to a beginner. The book concludes with the great Pillsbury-Tarrasch game from Hastings 1895.
3) Explicit instructions on basic checkmates - Surprising how hard to find this simple material can be.
4) General tone of great enthusiasm for the game - Yes, the double exclamation points and so on are a little "homerish" now and then, but infectious for the beginning player.
5) Just enough about openings to allow the beginner to master the main lines - It would be foolish to overwhelm the beginning player with page after page of detailed opening theory. I'm convinced that only advanced players should study the openings it great detail.
6) A "break it down" approach - There may be 8 or 10 "bad moves" instead of 9 - nevertheless Reinfeld gives the beginner a "hook" to focus on and I entirely approve of this approach. In my case it made an instant and drastic improvement of my game. This part of the book might well have been titled "The Discoveries of Paul Morphy".
I could go on but I'll just say, this is a wonderful book for beginners and I wholeheartedly endorse it!
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