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on 30 May 2009
I bought this book thinking that it was the legendary Bobby Fischer passing on chess tips and discussing his chess, but apart from being on the front cover, Fischer doesn't appear to have much to do with the book.
It's basically a series of chess puzzles which aim to teach chess principles and tactics. Using a pencil you solve the puzzle then check the answer on the next page. This is quite useful in itself but the book is really not much more than a collection of chess puzzles, and I was looking for something a bit more. In fact in terms of these types of exercises its probably better to do the training on a computer programme like Fritz 11. My main disappointment with this book is that I was expecting to read Bobby Fischers thoughts and insights into his chess, but apart from using examples from some of his games, there is very little of Fischer in this book.
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on 24 March 2003
A friend of my dad's gifted me this book when I was 10 years old. Till then Chess was just another game to be played against your siblings on a hot afternoon to kill time. This book made a huge impact on my understanding of the game. This book is written in a simple manner, uses a lot of diagrams to explain all sorts of positions and improves your ability to 'think'ahead significantly. Bobby does not go for chess notations - a strong plus for beginners who just want to get a grip on their game and improve the basics.
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on 16 January 2003
Simple and straightforward, this gets right into the basic rules and set-ups of chess. Ive never played before with any kind of strategy and B.F. teaches you some good ideas with the use of loads of diagrams. The book is set out so that you have to decide on the right move for each diagram, so instead of just being told what to do, you have to figure it out for yourself. On each next page, B.F. reveals what the right move(s) would be and you can check whether you would have done the same. I would recommend this to any novice who wants to improve their game. Go on, beat some old guy who thinks he is the biz!
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on 16 January 1999
I had played Chess for more than 10 years, and I was decent social player. I had a couple of other chess books, *SO* boring! Most chessbooks are less intresting than watching paint dry. Then I stumbled onto "Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess" . Wow! He concentrates of teaching the principals of chess in a brief yet vital way. Very short chapters, abundant illistrations, tests in which the reader checks himself so you can measure your own progress! I learned more about chess with this book than I did in more than 10 years of play!!! Sad to say, I had to find new chess partners, because I started winning all my Games. If you only get one Chess book, this is the one!
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on 16 July 2008
This is a good straight forward exercise book for the beginner to intermediate player. I like it because it cuts to the chase and throws you into your first exercise without any nonsense. The beginner will benefit from this book because many of the exercises deal with the simple overloading of pieces. This if course is one of the principal concepts you will learn when starting out in chess. There are also some good exercises on pinned pieces and back rank mates.

I would certainly recommend this book to any player starting out in chess.
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on 10 September 1998
I was able to refine my game with this book because it teaches the basics of the backrank game. Fischer's moves are very slick - no wonder why he had the highest chess rating of his time. This book teaches you how to use your rooks, how to size up force, how to play and defend the backrank, and also how to think. He also shows diagrams from actual games. I would also suggest that you get other books that he authored. You can learn from this guy.
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on 5 April 2013
8 stars! A must have for anyone wishing to learn chess from scratch, and for all beginning level players. Fantastic reading which requires no chess board. Great companion for those long plane or train trips. If you like solving simple puzzles, you will love this book. Believe it or not, it is hard to put down.

This is a short book which makes learning chess fundamentals fun. Eighteen of the puzzles in the book are taken from (or based on) positions in Fischer's games. Those games are listed below.

Box 19, page 38, 53...? to win: a simple mating puzzle
Keres vs Fischer, 1959
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 53 moves, 0-1

Box 22, page 41 (modified)
Fischer vs Larsen, 1958
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 31 moves, 1-0

Box 44, page 65, at move 23.?
Gligoric vs Fischer, 1961
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Box 48, page 69, after 24. Kxf4
Letelier vs Fischer, 1960
(E70) King's Indian, 23 moves, 0-1

Box 69, p. 91, at move 36.?
M Otteson vs Fischer, 1957
(A05) Reti Opening, 49 moves, 1-0

Box 75, page 97, 30...? to win (modified)
M Surgies vs Fischer, 1957
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 30 moves, 0-1

Box 100, p. 127, at move 33...?
Fischer vs Bisguier, 1957
(C16) French, Winawer, 41 moves, 1-0

Box 121, page 148 (modified)
Fischer vs I Bilek, 1965
(C11) French, 40 moves, 1-0

Page 153 (final position after 33 Qxh6)
Fischer vs R Weinstein, 1960
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 33 moves, 1-0

Page 154, move 26.?
Fischer vs Seidman, 1960
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 36 moves, 1-0

Page 190, box 158 (modified) (See Zorts' kibitz re move 41).
Fischer vs Reshevsky, 1962
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 54 moves, 1-0

Page 192 (White to move: 33.?)
Fischer vs Pilnik, 1959
(B88) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 33 moves, 1-0

Page 235 (White to move 24.?)
Seidman vs Fischer, 1957
(B98) Sicilian, Najdorf, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Page 247, box 205 (Position after 25...Be3)
Fischer vs E Bhend, 1959
(B27) Sicilian, 40 moves, 1-0

Page 288 (White to move 30.?)
Fischer vs J Sherwin, 1957
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 36 moves, 1-0

Page 328, box 271 (Position after 38...Ra8)
J Souza-Mendes vs Fischer, 1959
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 38 moves, 0-1

Page 332, box 275 (White to move 31.?)
Fischer vs Benko, 1962
(C11) French, 31 moves, 1-0

Page 333 (White to move 37.?)
Fischer vs Benko, 1965
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 37 moves, 1-0
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on 4 September 2013
I wanted to learn more about chess and was looking for a book which did this without the need for me to constantly set up a chess board. This is a superbly arranged chess book for beginners and people who understand chess quite well but are only just starting to read and learn more about it. This is a great anywhere anytime read that will increase your depth of understanding and enjoyment of the game by quite a lot and inspire you to read and understand more extended and complex combinations and theories.
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on 3 December 2011
This isn't the best selling chess book in history for nothing! Principally I guess it's because the title is a winner(!). Lessons from Bobby Fischer?! A no-brainer surely?

Unfortunately, apart from allowing his name to be used, Fischer had almost nothing to do with the book. Nevertheless, this is still an excellent read for beginners or near-beginners, and one of the first chess books I read, many years ago! It focuses almost entirely on material-winning and mating combinations, particularly back-rank mates, using the 'programmed instruction' question and answer method whereby the answer to the problem is on the following page. This will help develop a good feeling for combinations in general, which are the backbone of chess.

The student will then need considerably more detailed instruction to turn him into a good all-round player (Complete Idiot's Guide To Chess would be my recommendation), but this is still a terrific book.
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on 13 August 1999
This was the most influential book I read when learning chess 20 years ago. Since then, I have not found any book which has boiled down the goal of the game in such concise language and diagrams. I always recommend this book to those learning chess or desiring to become better players. It presents the fundamental objective: checkmate; and builds upon simple examples throughout the book until the end where the board situations become quite complex. Also, Bobby Fischer uses an innovative teaching method which presents the questions and solutions only on odd pages, so that when you get to the end of the book, you flip it over and read toward the front. This makes a person's progress through the book much faster and encouraging. Its an ideal method of teaching for young (and old) students of the game.
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