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The best starting place for those with a developing passion
on 16 April 2006
Echoing the sentiments of all those who have already written in support of Chernev's book, this is indeed an essential book for anyone whose passion for the game of chess has developed beyond a casual understanding of the tactics of the game, towards an understanding of strategy.
Readers will be surprised to find that the annotated games are mostly taken from the first half of the twentieth century with the oldest having been played in 1891. Some may be disapointed by this, feeling a book first published in 1957 can have little relevence the the contemporary player - yet the games provided have an elegance and a simplicity (and by this I do not mean they lack intelligence) that games played in the modern era can sometimes provide only through a very deep understanding of the game. In short, it is easier to learn from these games.
The annotation is a joy. The step by step approach of annotating each and every move brings the games alive, making the to and fro stategies employed by each player during a game easily understood.
The book is faultless as a first step towards a wider understanding of the game and though Chernev's analyses may seem quaint to the contemporary expert they provide an excellent grounding in strategy.
For those who are looking for books for children, Chernev is an eloquent writer who may stretch a child's volcabulary as much as their chess knowledge, without being unduly taxing.
In short, a wonderful book.