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Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess [Mass Market Paperback]

Bobby Fischer , Stuart Margulies , Don Mosenfelder
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July 1 1982
This book is essentially a teaching machine. The way a teaching machine works is: It asks you a question. If you give the right answer, it goes on to the next question. If you give the wrong answer, it tells you why the answer is wrong and tells you to go back and try again. This is called "programmed learning". The real authors were experts and authorities in the field of programmed learning. Bobby Fischer lent his name to the project. Stuart Margulies is a chess master and also a recognized authority on programmed learning. He is a widely published author of more than 40 books, all in the field of programmed learning, especially in learning how to read. For example, one of his books is "Critical reading for proficiency 1 : introductory level". Donn Mosenfelder is not a known or recognized chess player, but he was the owner of the company that developed and designed this book. He has written more than 25 books, almost all on basic reading, writing and math.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bobby Fischer teaches chess Dec 6 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Some of the previous reviewers seem to wish to downgrade this book. Apparently mainly because Bobby Fischer lent his name to it, though he did not actually write it, (so they say) However I, as a novice player, found the method of teaching used to be very helpful, - sort of like having the teacher stand over you, - in comparison to just reading from the book. The teaching method used is what the writers term: "Programmed Instruction" and for me it works perfectly. Rather than go into long explanatory terminology that may engender boredom through its 'wordiness' the writers give diagrams of the chess board layouts with a single, or multiple choice, chess solution to pick from. This is after you have been taught how the pieces move, (should you need that initial instruction.)

For instance you will be shown a diagram of a particular possible checkmate scenario and you will be given multiple answers such as: "Can the rook mate in one move" or, "Can the bishop intercede and prevent mate?" and so on. Being asked to fathom these moves on one page before having the answers revealed on the next, appears to be a good way of learning the best moves, while actually working them out. Needless to say, the problems start off in an easy form, and then progressively get more difficult. This, in my opinion is a definitely "must have" in one's book collection, if you want to get into the art of playing good Chess in an easy and informed manner.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I did not buy this book from Amazon, but instead read my dad's old one. Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess is actually a checkmating book. In the beginning of the book, however, he teaches you how to play chess, beginning with the chessboard, the chess pieces and how they move, the starting position, capturing, castling, pawn promotion, en passant, and the values of the pieces.
After this, he teaces you how to use the book (one thing that you should probably know is that when you do the first diagram of the book where you have to give the answer, when you look at the answer, it's on the right page when you turn the page. Also, when you get at the end of the book, you turn it upside-down and look at the ones that are right-side up). Then he teaches the beginner "check" and how to get out of it, and different kinds of checkmates. After that, he gives you very simple positions to work on, with the answers on the top of the next page. But when you get to frame 39, it gets harder as you move along. Finally, he has a final review of all the themes and variations you learn, with one last position from one of his games.
Out of all those things, this is a good chess book to have. However, this probably isn't the best book to get when you're just starting to learn chess. It explains the important things to know, but I doubt that it explains as well as books that teach chess through the entire book.
Another good thing about it is that it's good for more than one level. It starts with the introduction to chess, then goes on to simple checkmates, and then harder mates.
Don't listen to other reviewers who put this book down. It's a decent book to get, not only because it's good, but the price is also great!
Review of Bantam Edition, 1972
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A genius work of deception May 29 2004
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Guys, listen. This is a genius work of deception. Bobby Fischer is playing with ya'll. He is stroking his own ego with this book. It is a quaint little fairy tale; the fact that he used a "new teaching style" to teach you chess is as much a joke as the rest of it. He's probably being misanthropic somehow, making fun of the people who invented this teaching style or something. But even if he believes in this teaching style, knowing what we do about how good at chess Bobby is, this book is absolutely ludicrous. He presents only a few attacking motifs, and every once in awhile puts in some famous opponent, and MENTIONS that they are famous, to make fun of them. It's a simple analogy, folks: Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess means "Bobby Fischer Plays Chess With Grandmasters and Makes Them Look Like Children."
Also, read the last page: he's talking about "old opponents who have not taken the program." As if grandmasters (e.g. Pal Benko) obviously NEED this simplistic program, because they're so ridiculously bad at chess.
p.s. notice the wording of the questions. The wording clearly indicates a 'yes' or 'no' answer. If it's yes, he says "Can White mate?" or if it's no, he says "Does this lead to mate?" And it's consistently that way, it's no accident. He's making fun of the reader for even reading the book, in my opinion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Little to learn from Aug. 16 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Although it's truly a book for people at beginners' level, I would NOT recommend this book to begineers. It does teach "how to play chess" in the first few pages since it covers how to move different pieces and how to capture; but it doesn't tell how to open a game, how to formulate a plan and etc. You may use the book at a mate-in-one training book, however, there are tons of others to choose from for that matter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best checkmate problem book July 15 2004
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book covers very basic checkmate problems to solve and is ok, for a beginner to use along with additional books.
The problem is not that this book is so bad, but that there are much better books available for beginners. My favorite is the Chess For Juniors Book that has real instruction. For books on checkmate problems I like 1001 Brilliant Checkmates by Reinfeld.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Beginner Book
I coach the high school chess team and most of my players arrive in grade 9 with little or no knowledge of the game. I recommend this title to all of them. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tom Gartshore
5.0 out of 5 stars The book for the beginning or intermediate chess player.
This is the second time I buy this book. Twenty years ago it transformed me from a bad chess player to a sometimes okay chess player. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Sherif Laoun
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book for the novice chess player
If you have only played a few games of chess and are looking to better your skill, this book is a great start. Everything is explained in easy to follow diagrams. Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2012 by J. Gregory
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for beginners
Great to keep in your pocket or bag because it's a simple problem and answer book, you can pull it out and do just one page at a time if you like. Read more
Published on Nov. 14 2011 by Derek Gray
1.0 out of 5 stars Oversized Diagrams - Fischer Teaches very little
The book uses a lot of space to cover very little stuff. Get 1001 Brilliant Checkmates by Reinfeld. The book's title makes it seem like you get good quality lessons when it is just... Read more
Published on July 14 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent supplement for beginners
The book never mentions for what level this book is intended for but only beginners and novices will benefit from this book. Read more
Published on July 11 2004 by "bgc4"
2.0 out of 5 stars No Charactor
A book of simple, easy to find checkmates. How to Beat Your Dad at Chess was better. The book called "Simple Checkmates" even better yet. Read more
Published on July 11 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars A Fool's Mate!
As a chess teacher I find this book next to useless. A lot of space for almost no material to cover for students.
Published on July 8 2004 by J. E. Edwards
1.0 out of 5 stars Lacks Material - Doesn't Teach Much
If you are looking for a book with a small number of easy checkmate problems then ok - this book provides just that. Read more
Published on July 8 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Simple
I am 8 years old. This book was just to simple for me. Gave it to a friend.
Published on July 8 2004
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