Play Winning Chess (Winning Chess Series) Paperback – 15 Mar 2003
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From the Back Cover
Play Winning Chess is an enthusiastic introduction to chess that will transform you into a veritable gladiator of the chessboard. Seirawan begins by explaining piece movement, chess notation, the rules of play and basic tactics. His examples, question-and-answer sections, psychological hints, and lively sample games help you learn strategies and play aggressively while having fun. Discovering how to engage in clever attacks and subtle defenses will take you beyond the thrill of competition into the realm of creative art. Play Winning Chess is exuberant and conversational, enlivened by personal anecdotes and fascinating historical details.
About the Author
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic book for a beginner which gives the reader the basic yet essential tools in terms of strategy and plenty more to think about. Read morePublished on 11 July 2014 by chris
This is the first book of a superb series on how to play chess and improve your game. Lively, clear explanations, interesting and helpful. Read morePublished on 19 July 2013 by J vincent
Good on the strategy despite the less than excellent lay out of illustrations; page turning can be irritating if you don;t want to set the board up and work it out ion real time.Published on 13 Mar. 2013 by James
...buy this book.
Ok... play some games first and after you realise you love the game and want to learn more about how to play better chess then buy this book. Read more
This is easily the best book I have read for the budding chess player. It is easy to follow with several diagrams which are very helpful. Read morePublished on 13 Mar. 2012 by M. G. Williams
When someone asks me if I play chess I usually say that I know how pieces move - that is to say, I do play occasionally, but without much more thought than one would put into... Read morePublished on 14 Dec. 2011 by Paul
I found this book being very informative and easy to read, just make sure you have a chess set on hand when reading it.Published on 30 July 2011 by Donatas