Simple Chess Hardcover – 26 Jun 1978
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Over seven chapters (Introduction, which is far more than you'd think), Outposts; Weak Pawns, Open Files; Halfopen Files/Minority Attack, Black/White Squares; and Space, Stean, one of Britain's top players in the 70s, takes us through technical chess using well-worked examples, but without any overly dogmatic waffle as one might see from a Silman or a Nimzowitsch. Open games, and closed games feature, and within its pages are hidden nuggets of advice from a top player which apply to any games you might have; including on development, the desire for material, and a general thread throughout which touches lightly upon planning as the means to the end, but without the overarching zealousness that can be so confusing in modern chess.
To this end, the book is entirely relevant today, showing positions with particular technical features and breaking down the victories in to manageable chunks and goals, but also giving tactical points throughout.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
**Overall a great product purchased that is of high quality, I highly recommend anyone to invest in this product. Definitely worth the investment.***Published 2 days ago by MBeck
Excellent value i wish i owned it years ago, well written short and simple it does what it says on the tin, ideal for early on chess players who needs an understanding of... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Extremely clear, shows you where to look and answers the question, 'What should I do now?'Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of the very, very, very small group of books on chess strategy written in Plain English with occasional twinkles of humour and which, above all, makes sense. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dave
A classic instructional book. Don't be mislead by the title - a lot of what is covered here is not especially simple. Read morePublished 20 months ago by EPS
I first heard people talking about this book at a chess match saying how good the book was. I got the book and read through it in 2 weeks I didn't seem to improve. Read morePublished on 5 April 2014 by K. Gunning
Pretty disappointed. This is one of my favorite chess books - an absolute classic. However, the diagrams are way too small situated absurdly in a mass of open space. Read morePublished on 23 Mar. 2014 by Cubano343
At the first, reading, I found it pretty awkward. It's not simple and it's not conducive to learn chess at all. don't like it!Published on 20 Mar. 2014 by Mr. Michael Domnin
If I was on a desert island for a year this is the chess book I would take with me. Practical, instructive and gets the message over. Read morePublished on 16 Dec. 2012 by ERC