The right way to play chess (Right way books)
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The perfect introduction to the game of chess. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From the Publisher
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.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!)
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Comprehensive, however there is very little insight that isn't available on the internet. Excellent coverage of the opening, middlegame and endgame, as well as a few tactical... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Fred Green
This famous book has proved invaluable to countless players from absolute beginners to those who have progressed in the game. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rhodri Jones
It is a classic for a reason. It really does teach a beginner the right way to play chess.Published 3 months ago by Coeli siderei