Chess Books

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Book - Chess Tactics

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Chess Tactics for Champions
by Susan Polgar & Paul Truong - 2006

Susan Polgar became the first female Grandmaster at age 15and it wasn't luck that got her there. Her use of tactics, combinations, and strategy during her games gave her the critical advantage she needed against her opponents. In Chess Tactics for Champions, Polgar gives insight into the kind of thinking that chess champions rely on while playing the game, specifically the ability to recognize patterns and combinations. With coauthor Paul Truong, Susan Polgar teaches the tactics she learned from her father, Laszlo Polgar, one of the world's best chess coaches.

Book - Dominate Chess Openings

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Chess: Dominate Chess Openings
By Matt Sigs - 2015

Master the Game of Chess and Defeat Your Opponents! What is chess? Where did it come from? How do you learn to play? Chess: Dominate Chess Openings, Closings, Chess Strategies and Tactics Like a Pro makes it easy to understand the history, rules, and terminology of chess. You'll learn about the origin of chess in India, and how it spread to Persia, Europe, and across the globe. You'll discover the basic rules of chess, how to set up the board, and how the different pieces move. This book also explains concepts like promotion, castling, check, and checkmate.

Book - Tactics Time!: 1001 Chess Tactics

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Tactics Time!: 1001 Chess Tactics
By Tim Brennan & Arthea Carson - 2013

Everyone knows that the way to improve at chess is to solve tactics puzzles. But why do tactics books make amateurs study grandmaster or master games? How useful is it to analyze games that are unreal for everyday chess players? In the real world of beginning and casual players openings are dubious, positions are messy, material is uneven, and cheap traps and oversights are occurring constantly. Most amateur games are won by rather primitive means, compared to the cool and fancy moves that masters need in order to gain victory. This book only takes positions from amateur games and puts them out there, warts and all.

Book - Logical Chess

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Logical Chess: Move By Move
By Irving Cherney - 2003

Having learnt the basic moves, how exactly should a player improve? In this much loved classic, Irving Chernev explains 33 complete games in detail, telling the reader the reason for every single move. Playing through these games and explanations gives a real insight into the power of the pieces and how to post them most effectively.

Book - Chess For Dummies

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Chess For Dummies
By James Eade 2011

For all levels of chess players, Chess For Dummies, 3rd Edition, brings readers an updated guide to the wide world of chess. Offering easily-understood explanations of the game and its components, this book is a must have for those developing an interest or looking for an extra edge in chess.

Book - Chess for Children

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Chess for Children
By Murray Chandler & Helen Milligan - 2004

With this charming book, children will delight in learning the basic moves of chess - the most popular and challenging strategy game of all. All the rules of chess are clearly explained, step by step, assuming no prior knowledge. The lessons are reinforced by the inventive tales that George is told by his pet alligator Kirsty, self-proclaimed Grand Alligator of chess. Chess is recognized in many countries as a useful tool for developing creative thinking in children. Although chess can be regarded as a rather complex and mysterious game, the rules themselves are straightforward. It doesn't take long to learn how the pieces move, and even children as young as five can enjoy exciting games. They will also thoroughly enjoy outwitting friends and relatives!

Book - Beat Your Dad at Chess

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How to Beat Your Dad at Chess
By Murray Chandler & Helen Milligan - 2004

This is not just a book for kids - for Dad read any opponent who beats you regularly! This book teaches the 50 Deadly Checkmates - basic attacking patterns that occur repeatedly in games between players of all standards. Each mating motif is carefully and simply explained, and several illustrative examples are given. A final test enables the reader to grade his pattern recognition abilities, and the last chapter explains what to do if your Dad is Garry Kasparov. Fun, instructive - and guaranteed to improve your game.

Book - Checkmate!: My First Chess Book

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Checkmate!: My First Chess Book
By Garry Kasparov - 2004

Discover all the various pieces - the king, the queen, the knights, the bishops and the pawns. Find out how the pieces move, the values of the chessmen, how to attack and how to defend, how to capture, how to employ special moves such as castling, how to write the moves down and, crucially, how to give check and deliver checkmate. Learn the numerous tricks and traps that you can set your unwary opponents and, just as importantly, how to avoid falling into them yourself. Make a journey through this book and, with the help of the world's best player, readers will be ready for your first chess battle.
*Covers all the crucial rules, aims and aspects of the game *Full color illustrations throughout

Book - Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess

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Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess
By Bobby Fischer & Stuart Margulies - 1982

This book is essentially a teaching machine. The way a teaching machine works is: It asks you a question. If you give the right answer, it goes on to the next question. If you give the wrong answer, it tells you why the answer is wrong and tells you to go back and try again. This is called "programmed learning". The real authors were experts and authorities in the field of programmed learning. Bobby Fischer lent his name to the project. Stuart Margulies is a chess master and also a recognized authority on programmed learning.

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