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Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess Mass Market Paperback – Jul 1 1982

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reissue edition (July 1 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553263153
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553130539
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.9 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 156 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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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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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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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"Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess" is one of those books that may never go out of print. It occupies a niche in the chess book market by virtue of its quiz style of learning. For beginners (and those wanting a simple refresher course), it's a very good addition to your chess library.
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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