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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press,U.S.; 2nd edition edition (1 Dec. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073560603X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735606036
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,692,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Yasser Seirawan is a three-time U.S. Champion, the 1989 Western Hemisphere Champion, and an eight time member of the U.S. chess Olympiad team. He was the first American to vie for the World Championship title since Bobby Fischer. Currently one of the world's top-ranked chess players, he is one of only a handful of players to have defeated world champions Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov in tournament play. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Richard Murphy VINE VOICE on 25 Mar. 2006
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I like this book's style.
If, like me, you are returning to chess after many years of not playing, this is a simple, practical guide to all the basics.
Seirawan encourages the reader to think of chess as a game, not just as a series of moves.
He introduces four principles of chess - force, time, space and pawn structure and then illustrates those elements in practice. Everyone knows chess is a subtle, complex game but his relaxed style gives real insight, without being intimidating or condescending.
Having read this book, I felt inspired to play - not something I felt when I read chess books in my childhood.
I thoroughly recommend this book
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 May 1999
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I learnt a lot about the basics of chess with this book. Seirawan has such a great feel on how to teach the beginner. I would recommend this book to everyone who is interested in learning chess in an easy maner. Another thing a liked was the fact that Seirawan tells you just enough history about chess to make in interesting, but not overwhelming so that it will bore you if you don't really care about the history of chess.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 May 1999
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This is the absolute best book for beginners that know nothing to people that know how to play chess but really know know HOW to play chess (win). This book gets you to the basics and teaches you the principles of chess that will immediately start to improve your game. The Tactics, Strategy, and Opening books in Seirawan's series are highly recommended follow ups. I have all 5 books in the series.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Jun. 1997
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Mr Seirawan and Mr. Silman! Congratulations! Terrific book! This is by FAR the best book for the beginner that I've read (and I've read a few). I am a beginner, well, used to be. After reading both Mr. Seirawan's & Mr Silman's books. I'm addicted! Chess is a wonderful game, and both authors have really done a great job of illustrating it. Not only do they touch upon the colorful history and personalities of the game, but chess is broken down into the elemental forms a novice can understand.

Material, Space, Time, and Pawn Stucture are the ELEMENTS of the game the reader is enlightened to. Each, carefully explained and beautifully illustrated through the annotated games the authors present.

If you're a beginner, and you're reading this review. Don't hesitate. This is the book!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Mar. 1999
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An excellent work. The descriptions and the teaching of the basic ideas of chess are fantastic. An excellent idea to add quizes and tests within the book. However, the book is intended more for the advanced beginner and intermediate player, rather than the beginner. I found that Chess for Dummies, by Eade was a better beginners book, and overall a better chess reference. However, I enjoyed the writing style of Seirawan much better and his jokes are hilarious in a tastefull way.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 July 1999
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If you have not had any kind of chess instruction, this book is a wonderful first book. Covering concepts essential to playing good chess, it is well written and very clear in its ideas. This is definitely a book for beginners, but for beginners it is great!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Mar. 1999
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This book would be an excellent first book on chess. It introduces the crucial elements of winning play and can help beginning players immensely. Seirawan has an easy to read style and a good sense of humor that make this book a real winner. If you're looking for that "foundation" book for your chess library this one is a great candidate!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Dec. 1998
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I learned to play chess a long time ago, but never learned to play well. When I recently decided that I wanted to become better, I found this book to be the best starting point. It is very readable and Seirawan has a sense of humor. Problems and situations are explained in English, not cryptic comments, and quizzes and tests are included to reinforce the concepts. Finally, the book is the first of five covering the entire game of chess from beginner to studies of past grandmaster games, giving a unified tutorial of the game.
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