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Chess For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

James Eade
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Book Description

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.

Chess For Dummies, 3rd Edition:

  • Offers easily-understood explanations of the game and its components
  • Provides introductory chapters and then introduces readers to different perspectives on chess from strategy and etiquette, to winning defensive and offensive secrets
  • Contains approximately 25% new material, including updated chapters on computer chess games, playing chess online, new tournament rules and much more

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Your quick and easy guide to the rules, strategies, and etiquette of chess

Kings, queens, knights does chess seem like a royal pain to grasp? This friendly guide helps you make the right moves. From using the correct terms to engaging in the art of attack, you′ll get step–by–step explanations that demystify the game. Offering easily understood explanations of the game and its components, Chess For Dummies is your one–stop resource for improving your chess skills.

  • Chess 101 get an introduction to the basic elements of chess and familiarize yourself with the board

  • Greet the pieces meet the rook, bishop, queen, king, knight, and pawn (and get to know their powers)

  • Kick it up a notch discover the ins and outs of chess notation and different types of tactics and combinations

  • Gain chess know–how find out how to make sacrifices, pick up on pawn formations, and use patterns for checkmating

  • Put your chess foot forward grasp the principles of play and the nuances of each phase of the game: the opening, middlegame, and endgame

Open the book and find:

  • Rules of the game

  • Plain–English explanations of chess terminology

  • How to pick a board and set

  • Information on the desired destination checkmate

  • When it′s wise to take a hit to secure a greater advantage

  • The various chess competitions you can participate in

  • The ten greatest games and players of all time


  • The elements of the game and the pieces′ powers

  • Tactics, combinations, and tips for recognizing different patterns

  • The principles of play that you can use in the opening, middlegame, and endgame

About the Author

James Eade became a United States Chess Federation chess master in 1981. International organizations awarded him the master title in 1990 (for correspondence) and in 1993 (for regular tournament play). Today, he writes about and teaches chess.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 26889 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 3 edition (7 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005M2ADTO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #247,923 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
One of the best books for adult beginners (it would be a bit heavy-going for younger children) and also for those who have learned the basics and want to improve their game. Unlike a lot of older chess books, it doesn't expect you to learn a lot of standard moves and accepted openings etc. Instead, it explains clearly the thinking behind the better moves so you learn a way of thinking which will improve your game far better than learning the standard openings etc by rote (even if you can - I don't have that kind of brain!). There are also annotated descriptions of some famous games and these are a really helpful way of learning. Like all the 'Dummies' books, this one has the odd joke and chatty moment, but don't let this put you off! Generally it's written very intelligently and accessibly. There are plenty of diagrams to explain things and these are really clear and helpful. There are also some interesting snippets of history etc - like a brief note of the three worst ever losers at chess and their stupid antics - but that's just for light relief. As a whole, this book is highly recommended. I've looked at several books (ancient and modern) since coming back to chess recently after many years of not playing at all. This book is exactly what I need and I can feel my game improving already. Excellent!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book covers all the basics. 29 April 2012
By Dave
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I bought this book to relearn how to play chess. This book covers all you need to know to get started from how the pieces move, openings, middle game and end game. The book is written in the classic for Dummies style which is clear and easy with a hint of humor. A very good book for beginners well worth it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good in parts but badly flawed 24 Sept. 2012
This book is designed primarily for those totaly new to the game or those with the basics who want to improve. Having played for nearly 30 years (I learnt to play when I was 5) I like from time to time to go back to basics and review the foundations of chess. I have a number of the for dummies series and presumed this would be another excellent example. There are however a great number of problems. The way he describes the movement of the pieces can be confusing for the absolute beginner due to the shear number of jokes he has tried to ram in. You are following an instruction, then he tells you a joke and you forget where you were beforehand. I have tried this on a non player ho quickly gave it up as a bad job. Once you do learn the basic moves you get straight into the meat of the book. This is in my opinion another mistake. This is the time to learn how to read algebraic notation. It is not difficult but I do understand it is quite dry. That does not stop it been one of the most vital aspects of learning chess. Notation is used all through the book with a constant reference to check chapter 17 if you don't understand it. In my experience people often baulk at learning notation as it looks complicated he should have put this chapter straight after the movements to push people to learn it. A great deal of the later content is excellent. I especially reccomend the chapter on pattern recognition, this should be thoroughly studied. This book gets better after the early chapters and so I would not say this is for the absolute beginner. If you understand how the pieces work then this book has some useful information. One other negative point I feel I must make regards the sicilian defence. You learn the variations for this defence three chapters before you learn the defense itself. This for me sums up the entire book. The order is all wrong. It does have lots of useful information, but it needs a good editing and rearranging. There are much better books available than this.
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I am returning to chess after a long absence, and needed a book to get me going again. It all depends on where you are, but starting from a low base I'm finding this very helpful. If you're already a club player it is too basic for you, but it does exactly what it sets out to do. Sections on opening, development, end games etc., and some good basic principles on strategies. Chess literature is vast, not to say overwhelming, and established players will not need this book. At the end there are very useful chapters on famous games and great players. The humour is a bit annoying at times, but really that's the only thing preventing me from giving it the full 5.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good starter book for chess 6 July 2013
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Easy to understand as are most of the "dummy" books.. Appeals to visual sense which I find easiest for learning.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 7 Jun. 2012
By Snava
This is book is just great. Eade teaches you in a clear way aspects about the opening, middlegame and endgame. That is what I like about this book. I'm not a novice. I am around 1400 elo rating, and that isn't beginner. But I knew few things apart from movement of pieces, one opening and some exact endgames. Due to this book I now appreciate the importance of the opening, defenses and variations. It also gave me a better explanation of things I thought I knew but I didn't. I have read somewhere that someone thought the book was disorganised, without a logical order. But Eade says right away, that each Part is self-contained, meaning you can read one and understand it without reading the other ones. However, it is true that it won't be as easy as you think. It does get harder, and just because it is a dummies book, doesn't mean you won't deal with harder concepts. The important thing is to take your time. There is no need to rush, because if you do, you will probably feel bored, and without motivation you will not learn a single thing. After this book, I would suggest the book Studying Chess Made Easy by Andrew Soltis. If you want to improve as I am improving, read this book. Once you learn how to study, you will learn a lot more, and won't waste your time with ineffective learning methods.

I gave it 5 stars, but there is one thing I would like to point out. The information about where to play chess etc. is small and almost useless. People that like chess, know where to play it. So you'll be better off trying to find places to play on the internet than with this book.
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