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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book for the ambitious club player
John Nunn has produced a magnificent work. This book contains 30 games, that deal with 30 aspects and elements of the game (for example The strong centre, the two bishops, defence and counter-attack, pawn-chain play, the power of passed pawns in the endgame...). There are more, but those 30 games are enough for the reader to get some very important lessons in basic chess...
Published on 12 Oct. 2005 by sirjohn13

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2.0 out of 5 stars Rambles on..and on...
I feel the book 'falls between two stools', in that the title is maybe aimed at the beginner to improving player.
The simple opening moves are described fully, (therefore not aimed at advanced players), but then, as the games progress, reams of analysis is given, taking up a half to two thirds of a page.
Raises more questions than it answers.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book for the ambitious club player, 12 Oct. 2005
This review is from: Understanding Chess Move by Move (Paperback)
John Nunn has produced a magnificent work. This book contains 30 games, that deal with 30 aspects and elements of the game (for example The strong centre, the two bishops, defence and counter-attack, pawn-chain play, the power of passed pawns in the endgame...). There are more, but those 30 games are enough for the reader to get some very important lessons in basic chess strategy. Thanks to the detailed annotation and comments per move, the reader can understand the ideas behind each and every move, why a move or a plan might be good or bad....There is also a short introduction before every game, where Nunn mentions a few things about the element that the following game is going to deal with, as well as a short overview of the game in the end, summarising the important lessons that the reader should take from it. To sum up, I think this is the best book ever writen for the average club player and I strongly recommend that every player rated 1300-2000 should read it, for he has much to gain and nothing to lose from doing that. i was 1300 when I studied that book and I quickly noticed an amazing improvement in my play. Thanks for this great book John!
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An alternative way of learning chess, 1 July 2006
This review is from: Understanding Chess Move by Move (Paperback)
There are three ways of learning to play chess?

One: Reading and learning from instruction books. This is a good method. And for some topics like openings and middlegame the only method.

Two: Training with a coach who can instruct you and can analyse the games and point out the errors you made and the weaknesses you have to work on.

Three: Studying grandmaster games. This can't be done without the help of an instructive commentary from someone at grandmaster level. UCMM fits the bill. Contrary to other game-collections the games are ordered thematic. At the same time John Nunn has taken care to select games from a wide variety of openings. The games are also selected that the wins are against significant oposition. In many game collections and chess manuals, themes are clarified by games where a strong player defeats a weak player. This helps to clarify the theme, but also obscures the difficulties to convert an advantage against strong oposition.

Finally John Nunn has been able to strike a good balance between verbal explanations and detailed variations, depending on the sort of position he examines.

In short I can't think of a better and more instructive collection of games.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very instructive, 28 April 2010
This review is from: Understanding Chess Move by Move (Paperback)
This is a very good collection of games, and it encompasses most aspects of the game of chess by taking the reader through 30 games played at Grandmaster level. The analysis is extensive, sometimes too much so, but it is instructive. GM John Nunn has picked games which serve to prove his point, and they all do this, but during his analysis he sometimes delves too deeply and this could be off-putting to a lot of readers.

Also, this book does not test your knowledge at any point, which can be good or bad, depending on whether you want to have a chance at testing yourself or not. Nor does it enhance your thought process. What it does very well is explain the games move by move, like it says on the front cover. The analysis is usually very easily understood. It will take about sixty to ninety minutes to play through one of these games on your board, including playing through the analysis. This is about the right amount of time to spend on each game, as most amateur games rarely last longer.

There is also a lot of information for the reader to absorb and this cannot be done over the space of a few days, one game a day at the most should enable the reader to assimilate and process the information.

It must be stressed that this book alone will not improve your chess. All readers must get regular experience, and by doing so you will get the chance to follow some of the principles that GM John Nunn explains.
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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely magnificent!, 1 Mar. 2001
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This review is from: Understanding Chess Move by Move (Paperback)
Here is another very impressive book by Dr. John Nunn. It contains 30 games annotated move-by-move. This book is appropriate for all levels of chess players. Dr. Nunn explains modern chess strategy deeply and also gives a good deal of analysis of variations. My only complaint is that there could be more games (perhaps a total of 50) in this book, especially with a bit more endgame coverage (there are only three games particularly focusing on the aspects of the endgame.)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the better chess books, 1 Dec. 2008
This review is from: Understanding Chess Move by Move (Paperback)
John Nunn is one of the better chess writers. This book is very methodically laid out with each theme (eg sacrificial attack) covered with the help of grandmaster games. Nunn explains each move in simple and lucid language and there are plenty of diagrams to give a visual picture of the positions being discussed. More importantly all the modern fashionable openings are covered. This book is highly recommended.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Rambles on..and on..., 6 Jun. 2007
This review is from: Understanding Chess Move by Move (Paperback)
I feel the book 'falls between two stools', in that the title is maybe aimed at the beginner to improving player.
The simple opening moves are described fully, (therefore not aimed at advanced players), but then, as the games progress, reams of analysis is given, taking up a half to two thirds of a page.
Raises more questions than it answers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent chess introduction to 'higher' chess, 28 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: Understanding Chess Move by Move (Paperback)
What a good way to learn chess by oneself or with a partner, it gave me confidence to establish a properly structured game
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hectic moves?, 15 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Understanding Chess Move by Move (Paperback)
Unless you're a well advanced player this book will leave you quite simply more confused than enlightened. I was pleased to read a library copy rather than fork out for it. I think Mr Nunn's rep is not actually as solid or respected as some would suggest, unfortunately perhaps. Basically if you are an advanced player, you won't then need a move by move book? so it falls foul of meeting it's market requirements. Best see Chernev's similar earlier book.
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