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Simple Chess (Dover Chess)
Simple Chess (Dover Chess)
by Michael Stean
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic, 19 Oct. 2011
Simple Chess by GM Michael Stean is one of the best chess books I've come across in 25+ years as a chess player.I'm just a ordinary club standard player but I'd say that this book would be useful for players upto ELO 2000.

It is divided into seven chapters: Introduction, Outposts, Weak Pawns, Open Files, Half-open Files minority attack, Black squares and white Squares, Space.

As GM Stean says in the intro this book is not for beginners, you need to understand all the basics first (like forks, pins, double and discovered check, skewers, mates with queen and rook etc., and basic opening ideas). so if you have gone through the basics, played some games and began to understand how the pieces work together, then Simple Chess is for you. An important note, though, is this is a book on middle game strategy and does not show any tactical elements of the game.

Stean shows how, sometimes small, positional advantages may be enough for victory. He uses top level games (upto the 1970's when this book first came out) and he very carefully and clearly annotates them.

One disappointment with this new algebraic edition is many textual errors have crept in (to correct these see the reviews on Amazon.com USA).

If you think you need a easier general chess book first then try 'Better Chess for the Average Player' by Tim Harding.

When you've gone through Simple Chess and if you like it then good choices would be, Ludek pachman 'Modern Chess Strategy' and 'My System' by Nimzowitsch.


Catechism of the Catholic Church
Catechism of the Catholic Church
by Our Sunday Visitor
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.50

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice format, good price, 10 Feb. 2010
This is a nice handy edition of the Catechism about the size of a study Bible. The text is easy to read and theres a very useful index and glossary at the back.
The cover is thick paper and will probably be the most prone to wear, covering with plastic will solve that.

Overall a great referance edition of the Catechism.


Calculus: Early Transcendental Functions
Calculus: Early Transcendental Functions
by Ron Larson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £70.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great first Calculus book, 26 Sept. 2009
I have already done a fair bit of calculus, having done two Open University courses in the '90s. This book was got to revive that material and I have to say that this book teaches basic calculus better then the OU courses did. The book gives more detail and clarity.

I'd say (from reviews) that theres not much difference between the big three calculus books, this one, Stewart, and Thomas, but this one, Larson, does a great job of teaching calculus from the beginning and is a good reference for all future calculus courses as well.

A final note: for economic reasons get the full three semister version, its cheaper then buying three single semister versions.


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