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This is a basic primer for those who know how to play chess and are seeking to improve their skills. John Walker draws upon his many years of teaching experience to provide the essential knowledge that will both help readers start winning games immediately and lay the foundation for a deeper understanding of chess tactics and strategy. Each "thing" is explained in an easy-to-follow lesson, which is followed by exercises that enable the reader to check that he or she has fully understood the concept. Topics include: the basic checkmates; essential endgame knowledge; tactics and combinations; middlegame themes; practical tips; and opening play.
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Great book for introduction Sep 29, 2007
This book will improve your play. Walker goes through step by step how to improve your game. He starts by making sure that you understand basic tactics, then where others go to openings he goes straight for the end game. By using this approach he shows you how to win from established positions. Once again it is about tactics. From here he moves to openings, he gives you standard openings, then explains the principles behind them, once again it is tactics.
I strongly reccomend this book especially to beginners and average players, but I beleive that everyone will come away with something from it
One of the Best for Improving Players Aug 13, 2002
I am a strong (A) player with a large library of quality books. I purchased this one to use in teaching my friends the joys of this ancient game without scaring them off with reams of variations. The beauty of this book is that it presents the most essential chess concepts in a manner that will not scare off newer students to the game. I especially enjoy how the book starts with the endings and tactics and then progresses to strategy.
I am a HUGE fan of Tarrasch's the Game of Chess and Lasker's famous Manual--however both of these works are quite verbose and will not foster a love from the game in most newbies. Get this book and use it to teach your friends how to play a solid game of chess. Get this and use it in combination with some of the classics (may I suggest art of the middlegame?) and begin the climb to expert status!