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50 Essential Chess Lessons [Paperback]

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Steve Giddins has chosen 50 supremely instructive games -- some old, some new, and including many that few readers will have seen before. He has annotated these games in detail from a modern perspective, explaining the useful lessons that can be learnt from them, while avoiding the harmful dogma that characterized many older works of this type. Topics include: Attacking the King, Defense, Piece Power, and Endgame Themes. Each game is followed by a recap of the main lessons to be learned.

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Pages   157
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6.75" Height: 9.75"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 20, 2006
Publisher   Gambit Publications
ISBN  1904600417  
ISBN13  9781904600411  

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Reviews - What do customers think about 50 Essential Chess Lessons?

Great book...maybe just a tad over my head though  May 15, 2008
This was an excellent book to work through. As I stated in the review title this book was a just a bit over my head. But not enough over my head that I didn't enjoy it or get something from it. This is a book that I will definitely go to again in a year or so. I imagine I will pick up even more from it then.

I think it is okay to study a little bit of material that is just out of your grasp. It gives me something to aspire to anyway. If you study too much chess material that is a little out of bounds or that is all you study then you might be asking for trouble. Anyway, great book, great games, well written and well constructed. Highly recommended! Gambit really does turn out high quality books. I am talking about the construction of the book itself. They are meant to be used and built to last!
50 Essential Chess Lessons  Jan 13, 2007
This book is very hard to read. It is also inaccurate and hard to follow. I want to get a refund on this book.
Great instruction without hiring a Master  Nov 23, 2006
I was very impressed with this book when I read it. It is very instructive for any player beyond the beginning stage and is written in a manner that is like having a master with you to explain what is going on in the game.The author avoids going into any detailed analysis in order to fully explain the ideas in the game.
The games are chosen for their instructive value in illustrating the theme under discussion. In a way, the book is reminiscent of Chernev's "The Most Instructive Chess Games Ever Played." But, I consider this book to be even better.
The serious student of the game cannot go wrong in purchasing this book and by reading it will gain greatly in understanding.
Great Lessons using Games for the Intermediate Chess Player  Oct 12, 2006
This is one of the best books that uses games as lessons. As a couple of the reviews have pointed it it may not have every move analyzed, but then this is not a book for a lower rated chess player, so it not so critical here.
What is nice is that "50 ESSENTIAL CHESS LESSONS" selects many important themes and is clear and understandable. Among the numerous books using games as lessons, this book is one of the best!
Excellent Book on Lessons using Games  Sep 12, 2006
Steve Giddins books seem to hit on some of the most important themes for players to learn and improve their ability to understand and play chess better. Gidden's two books, "50 Essential Chess Lessons" and "101 Chess Traps" being my two favorite Giddins books.
In Giddins "50 Essential Chess Lessons" he selects one or two important themes that he is trying to get across. There is exceptional clarity of thought brought onto paper! Mr. Giddins uses a lot of original games, not easy to find (or impossible to find) elsewhere. This is an excellent book for an intermediate player wanting to improve their overall understanding of chess.

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