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  • Mass Market Paperback: 179 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA; Reissue edition (20 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553263153
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553263152
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Meant for beginners
When I originally wrote this book, I intended it to be for the beginning chess player, regardless of age. The longevity of its availability has proven that it indeed can raise the level of initial play, and can train you to have a "chess eye". Enjoy!

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Mar. 2003
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A friend of my dad's gifted me this book when I was 10 years old. Till then Chess was just another game to be played against your siblings on a hot afternoon to kill time. This book made a huge impact on my understanding of the game. This book is written in a simple manner, uses a lot of diagrams to explain all sorts of positions and improves your ability to 'think'ahead significantly. Bobby does not go for chess notations - a strong plus for beginners who just want to get a grip on their game and improve the basics.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Sept. 1998
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I was able to refine my game with this book because it teaches the basics of the backrank game. Fischer's moves are very slick - no wonder why he had the highest chess rating of his time. This book teaches you how to use your rooks, how to size up force, how to play and defend the backrank, and also how to think. He also shows diagrams from actual games. I would also suggest that you get other books that he authored. You can learn from this guy.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bobster on 30 May 2009
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I bought this book thinking that it was the legendary Bobby Fischer passing on chess tips and discussing his chess, but apart from being on the front cover, Fischer doesn't appear to have much to do with the book.
It's basically a series of chess puzzles which aim to teach chess principles and tactics. Using a pencil you solve the puzzle then check the answer on the next page. This is quite useful in itself but the book is really not much more than a collection of chess puzzles, and I was looking for something a bit more. In fact in terms of these types of exercises its probably better to do the training on a computer programme like Fritz 11. My main disappointment with this book is that I was expecting to read Bobby Fischers thoughts and insights into his chess, but apart from using examples from some of his games, there is very little of Fischer in this book.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By G M on 16 Jan. 2003
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Simple and straightforward, this gets right into the basic rules and set-ups of chess. Ive never played before with any kind of strategy and B.F. teaches you some good ideas with the use of loads of diagrams. The book is set out so that you have to decide on the right move for each diagram, so instead of just being told what to do, you have to figure it out for yourself. On each next page, B.F. reveals what the right move(s) would be and you can check whether you would have done the same. I would recommend this to any novice who wants to improve their game. Go on, beat some old guy who thinks he is the biz!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Jan. 1999
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I had played Chess for more than 10 years, and I was decent social player. I had a couple of other chess books, *SO* boring! Most chessbooks are less intresting than watching paint dry. Then I stumbled onto "Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess" . Wow! He concentrates of teaching the principals of chess in a brief yet vital way. Very short chapters, abundant illistrations, tests in which the reader checks himself so you can measure your own progress! I learned more about chess with this book than I did in more than 10 years of play!!! Sad to say, I had to find new chess partners, because I started winning all my Games. If you only get one Chess book, this is the one!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Aug. 1999
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This was the most influential book I read when learning chess 20 years ago. Since then, I have not found any book which has boiled down the goal of the game in such concise language and diagrams. I always recommend this book to those learning chess or desiring to become better players. It presents the fundamental objective: checkmate; and builds upon simple examples throughout the book until the end where the board situations become quite complex. Also, Bobby Fischer uses an innovative teaching method which presents the questions and solutions only on odd pages, so that when you get to the end of the book, you flip it over and read toward the front. This makes a person's progress through the book much faster and encouraging. Its an ideal method of teaching for young (and old) students of the game.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 July 1997
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Although I am a strong player, every time I pick up this book it improves my play and shows how simple great chess can be played! This book uses a very basic teaching method which is written in plain english rather than the horribly old "chess babble" some books still use! If you were only to purchase a handfull of chess books, you must buy this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bluesforlife on 5 April 2013
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8 stars! A must have for anyone wishing to learn chess from scratch, and for all beginning level players. Fantastic reading which requires no chess board. Great companion for those long plane or train trips. If you like solving simple puzzles, you will love this book. Believe it or not, it is hard to put down.

This is a short book which makes learning chess fundamentals fun. Eighteen of the puzzles in the book are taken from (or based on) positions in Fischer's games. Those games are listed below.

Box 19, page 38, 53...? to win: a simple mating puzzle
Keres vs Fischer, 1959
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 53 moves, 0-1

Box 22, page 41 (modified)
Fischer vs Larsen, 1958
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 31 moves, 1-0

Box 44, page 65, at move 23.?
Gligoric vs Fischer, 1961
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Box 48, page 69, after 24. Kxf4
Letelier vs Fischer, 1960
(E70) King's Indian, 23 moves, 0-1

Box 69, p. 91, at move 36.?
M Otteson vs Fischer, 1957
(A05) Reti Opening, 49 moves, 1-0

Box 75, page 97, 30...? to win (modified)
M Surgies vs Fischer, 1957
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 30 moves, 0-1

Box 100, p. 127, at move 33...?
Fischer vs Bisguier, 1957
(C16) French, Winawer, 41 moves, 1-0

Box 121, page 148 (modified)
Fischer vs I Bilek, 1965
(C11) French, 40 moves, 1-0

Page 153 (final position after 33 Qxh6)
Fischer vs R Weinstein, 1960
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 33 moves, 1-0

Page 154, move 26.?
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