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The right way to play chess (Right way books)

4.4 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews

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  • Unknown Binding: 237 pages
  • Publisher: Elliot; 4th revised ed edition (1957)
  • ASIN: B0000CJSA2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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The perfect introduction to the game of chess. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The standard text for chess players
Chess is the most popular indoor game in the world, and ‘The Right Way to Play Chess' has now served as tutor to generations of readers.

In this tenth revised version, D. B. Pritchard draws new inspiration from the latest developments in the game. Yet, because the basics remain invariable, Pritchard's teaching method retains its unique pre-eminence and authority.

The book is now established as the Standard Work on the subject. It is planned to take the complete beginner to the grade expected of a good club player. The journey is a pleasant one!

Some reviews which hailed earlier editions:

Sunday Times: " . . . remarkable"

The Observer: " . . . easy"

Yorkshire Post: "Chess without tears . . . " --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Paperback
It has been said that one becomes serious about chess when one buys their first book on the subject. I became serious when I bought this book. Pritchard's agenda is to take the absolute beginner to the standard expected of a good club player. That's quite a leap, but it's a goal Pritchard achieves with ease and style. Beginning with an explanation of how the pieces move, we move through basic concepts (forks, pins, en passant etc.), tactics, strategy, how to handle the opening (including a list of the most common openings currently played), middle-game and end-game. All of the subjects are handled in a highly literate style that is accessible to all ages, with the sure-footedness of a seasoned master, and without condescension. The reader feels assured that the lessons being given are of the highest quality, and that the principles absorbed will always be relevant, regardless of fashion.
From my own experience, The Right Way To Play Chess completely transformed my game. Prior to reading this book, I knew how the pieces moved, and considered myself a chess player. Yet I was constantly defeated by friends, and grew increasingly frustrated at the apparent ease with which they did this. Having read this book, the defeats came to an abrupt halt (strangely, so did the games - a coincidence, I'm sure). Against most casual players, I now had not only the ability to handle most situations but also, crucially, the knowledge to enable me to *understand* why certain situations should be handled that way.
The Right Way To Play Chess remains absolutely outstanding, the benchmark for beginners. I cannot imagine a better book for giving you a rock-solid foundation on which to build your chess career.
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Pritchard's aim in this book is to give new players a firm foundation on which to start their chess playing. The book teaches how the pieces move, gives guidelines to follow in each stage of the game and a bit of advice on tactics and mating the enemy king. He explains each section with absolute clarity and everyone should be able to follow it easily.
However, if you have been playing chess for a while and already know the basics then this book is unlikely to help much. It claims to take a complete beginner to the level expected of a good club player but this is not true. To become a good club player much more practise with tactics would be needed. Invest in a tactics book designed for novices and, along with this book, that is all you should need to become a very competent player.
For any beginner wanting to learn how to play well this is the best choice (at an outstanding price!)
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Format: Paperback
This is very much a book for those new to the game of chess. Once you;ve reached the novice stage within a club then you're probably not going to learn a great deal from it.
But for those learning, this really is excellent. It explains the rules of the game, telling you exactly how the pieces move, the object of the game, and all the possible circumstances under which the game can end (eg. checkmate, resignation, agreeing a draw, caliming a draw etc).
It also clarifies plenty of rules with which many beginners are unsure. For instance, there is an idea in circulation one cannot castle once one has been in check. This book clarfies that, and confirms correctly that one cannot castle whilst in check, but can do having previously having been in check so long as the king has not yet moved.
It then divides the game up into three sections, namely the opening, middle game and endgame. It offers some very good advice on how to play each of these three stages of the game.
It also offers exmamples of play from real games, along with some various tactics that every chess player should know about.
Overall, this is excellent reading for somebody new to the game of chess.
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Format: Paperback
This book is great. It is short, clear and to the point. Well written, interesting and engaging.

It really begins with the basics, from how to place the board to how the pieces move and the relative value of each piece. The book also explains chess notation, so you can follow a game or recreate it at your leisure.

Then it goes into basic tactics and strategies with very useful diagrams that relate perfectly well to the written material.

Some parts of the book, where particular move by move accounts of certain games are given are better understood with a real chessboard at hand so you can move the pieces in line with what the book says, otherwise, unless you have a great visual mind, it's pretty much nonsense.

In short, I am very glad I bought this book and can't wait to get a bit more into chess.

If you are a novice to chess strategy and tactics, there is no better place to begin than this.
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Format: Paperback
An excellent book, well explained and illustrated. My only negative comment would be that there are some good diagrams which are explained by the text with some questions to answer based on the diagram. However these diagrams are not always on the same page as the text so there is a certain amount of page turning to work on the exercises etc. Other than that I would have no doubts about it being an excellent book.
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