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The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played: 62 Masterpieces of Chess Strategy [Hardcover]

Irving Chernev
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Oct 1966
62 masterly demonstrations of the basic strategies of winning, featuring games by the greatest chess masters — Capablanca, Tarrasch, Fischer, Alekhine, Lasker, others. Each game offers a classic example of a fundamental problem and its best resolution, described and diagramed in the clearest possible manner for players of every level of skill. 146 illustrations.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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  • Hardcover: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (Oct 1966)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571068499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571068494
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 828,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy the games and improve your chess 13 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book contains 62 games carefully selected to illustrate the strategy of winning chess. Chernev annotates the games for learners but does not comment on every move as in Logical Chess and this book is a bit more difficult. I would recommend reading a book on tactics and one on mating patterns before/while getting seriously into these 62 games. The table of contents lists the games with a title indicating the main lesson of the game which could be helpful alongside the right tactics book. This book is in descriptive notation but that shouldn't put anyone off. Anyone who can play chess can learn descriptive notation and there are many excellent chess books not in algebraic. My favourite tactics book is Winning Chess by Chernev and Reinfeld, and my favourite mating book is The Art of the Checkmate by Renaud and Kahn. Both books are currently descriptive notation only. Winning Chess explains descriptive notation as do several websites. Play through this book and then play through again. You'll enjoy the games and improve your chess.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Instructive games of chess 6 Jan 2011
By Tam
Format:Paperback
Lovely little book containing lots of positional games, which Chernev seems to prefer , rather than full blown attacking games. Does not explain every move, mainly key moves, therefore is better aimed at good players rather than beginners. However, all types of player will benefit from studying the book. Is in the older Descriptive notation rather than the newer Algebraic notation. However , don't let this put you off as it is easily learned and your brain thinks PxP not d4xe5.Buy it, you won't be disappointed!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Master's at work 19 Dec 2010
By Robster
Format:Paperback
Cherney's book is a delight. Quality printed in easy hand held armchair readable excellent form. His enthusiasm is contagious and matched by very few authors. There's countless great ideas. Openings and treats from everywhere. A stroll inside the classic era. Only a mild criticism is it's in old, decriptive, notation form. It will really come alive on an upgrade to Algebraic notation bringing it into the 21st century and also the current global market. It's at times a tough slog on occassion plodding thro' the inept old notation unless familiar, and don't let anyone kid you otherwise, but worth it for this classic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book 26 May 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this as a present some 40 years after I bought my own copy. It's a great second or third book for a someone who has learnt the moves, a has a grasp of the basics of strategy ("Control the centre! Knights before bishops! Rooks on open files!") and wants to move on from there.

Descriptive rather than algebraic? It's a twofer - learn chess strategy and a foreign language at the same time.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CHESS STRATEGY AND ENTHUSIASM 6 Dec 2007
Format:Paperback
This book is full of Chernev's enthusiasm for chess strategy, some gems especially by Capablanca - I just love Chernev's excitement over Capa's famous Bf5-d7!! versus janowski , a slight criticism is that the notes are one-sided not critcising many of the winner's moves.

I love the titles of the games - I can still remember Quiet Like a tiger, Weak Squares and Mighty Knights etc. After first reading this book over 30 years ago.
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