Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess Mass Market Paperback – Jul 1 1982
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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.
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
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.
The format of the book consists of a series of brief chapter intros to a particular aspect of chess playing, each chapter followed by a set of small quizzes that reinforce the intro. The quiz layouts are nicely done in that you take a look at a position on a chessboard, answer the question below it, and then turn to the top of the next page to find the answer. It's quick and easy. When you reach the end of the book, you simply turn it over and keep going. Each set of quizzes adds on to previously gained knowledge, so by the end of the book, you are presented with fairly difficult positions to analyze.
No chess book is perfect. You are not going to learn about openings or defenses. The mid-game is not discussed. No grandmaster analysis is provided. Fischer's insights are not very deep.
What the book does well is assist people in seeing the whole board. It's also good in helping understand massing of power. And while some might criticize its dependency on endgame offensive scenarios, anyone who has been a beginning player knows how hard it is sometimes to deliver the kill.
This is an inexpensive book that can be read in spurts. It is certainly not the last word on chess, but it will help people new to the game tremendously. For kids who can read, this is a fine resource for learning the game. No matter what your age, though, if you are new to chess consider this a must-have.
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Un classique que j'ai toujours aimé et voulu retrouver.
My son got this book for Christmas. It is very well written and gives a lot of chess strategies. He's read it six or seven times and is very excited about chess and competing. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Kate B.
This review is based on quality of book and print, not the content. The mass market paperback looked a little cheap, so opted for the upgraded 'Library Binding'. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Victor VanHerk
Very good book. Good for players around 1500. No need for chess boardPublished 2 months ago by FARIS SHASHA
great book if you want to learn how to play and play effectivelyPublished 2 months ago by Peter Silva
I find it interesting that the people who did not like this book are mostly those who seem to already have a fair to good knowledge of chess. Read morePublished 3 months ago by YP