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COMPLETE BOOK OF CHESS: Grandmaster Techniques from A to Z Paperback – 1 Oct 1998

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  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: SILMAN-JAMES PRESS; First Edition edition (1 Oct. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890085014
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890085018
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 16.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An easy-to-understand guide to chess strategy -- conceptual planning -- has always been the amateur's dream. This book makes that dream a reality. This comprehensive guide in dictionary form, the first of its kind, makes all aspects of chess strategy quick, easy, and painlessly accessible to players of all degrees of strength. Each strategic concept is listed alphabetically and followed by a clear, easy-to-absorb explanation accompanied by examples of how this strategy is used in practice. Such great World Champions as Steinitz, Capablanca, Petrosian, Fischer, and Karpov have used these strategies in virtually all of their games. Now you can arm yourself with their weapons. As you incorporate these weapons into your own play, they will enrich your appreciation of the game and lead you to one beautiful victory after another.

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Luis Nuno Perdigao on 12 Aug. 2001
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IM J. Silman brings you a very nice book for beginners and intermediate players, written in clear and simple language. The diagrams in the book are good and clear, the typeface is easy to read and pleasant and the book's cover is very well designed. The contents of the book will not appeal to experienced players much, but you buy it to become a better player, so it's a minor nag. :) The reading is very entertaining and the book covers all three parts of the game. The openings discusses the principles and ideas behind major opening themes, so it's not a reference. The middlegame teaches you strategy and valuable sacrifices to win. And the endgame section deals witn typical fights, such as rook vs. rook and pawn endgames. You'll also get tips regarding psychological aspects of the game and a nice index. Fun to read, very well designed, it will improve your play. I recommend it to younger players and intermediate players. Have fun at the board!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By trulymadlysalsa on 6 Sept. 2013
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i came to chess late in life, and went from a 1200ELO to 2100+ in a few years. yes, i played a lot, but i give a lot of the credit to Jeremy Silman's books for getting quickly and easily to the heart of the things every player needs to know. it's just a pity that the boards reproduce too small to be readable in the Kindle version...i guess if you have the Kindle Fire, it may be okay. but i'd try a sample of any electronic version first.

this book is particularly good for giving a rough knowledge, summary and ideas behind the major openings, which avoids so many tournament blunders and lost time. this is my third copy (first one - given away in Cuba, second one in my London flat, third one with me), it's that invaluable. lower-rated players may will also find the rest of the book very helpful.

this, Nimzowich's 'My System' and GM Chris Ward's 'Simple Chess' were the three books which most helped me improve quickly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Kumar on 3 Nov. 2013
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bought it as a starter for my kids to get interested in chess.
They have learnt the basics and are using the book for further improvement.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jaks77 on 2 May 2014
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Have returned to chess in later years and loving it. It's a bit like riding a bike for the basics although like the rest of life we need to keep developing and polishing. .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MR NEIL HOLMES on 24 Jun. 2013
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One of the very best chess reference books for the club player. Essential for me and great to have it, now, on my Nexus 7.
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