my first try for a book introduction

May 2, 2008, 4:53 PM |

I am trying to write a book. This will be the introduction. Other notes etc. on my development of this book can be found on my blog here. My introduction will need lots of revision, and I look to y'all, the players of, to help me revise this and make my book a good one. Of course, I will need to write the rest of the book, which will be posted on my blog as it develops.


An introduction to chess

    What is chess? In the words of Benjamin Franklin, a politician and scientist,

The Game of Chess is not merely an idle amusement; several very valuable qualities of the mind, useful in the course of human life, are to be acquired and strengthened by it, so as to become habits ready on all occasions; for life is a kind of Chess, in which we have often points to gain, and competitors or adversaries to contend with, and in which there is a vast variety of good and ill events, that are, in some degree, the effect of prudence, or the want of it. By playing at Chess then, we may learn: 1st, Foresight, which looks a little into futurity, and considers the consequences that may attend an action? 2nd, Circumspection, which surveys the whole Chess-board, or scene of action: - the relation of the several Pieces, and their situations? 3rd, Caution, not to make our moves too hastily?

Which sums it up well.
    Chess can be played and enjoyed by everyone. Even a young child can learn the rules, even the most ardent chess studiers may not understand complicated positions, or lose games to a computer. Chess is truly a game that takes a day to learn, and a lifetime to master. My goal in this book is to teach you the rules and basics of chess. I will begin by discussing the history of chess and chess players. I will then take you through what the pieces are, what they do, special moves, how chess games are played, and chess notation. This is all that you will need to begin to play chess. After this, I will discuss tactics, often called the soul of chess. There is a section of tactical puzzles that will help you learn the tactical themes, and when to use them. At the end of the book, there are a bunch of annotated games, to show you some basics, and get you used to the games. They are very informative.
    I welcome you to join me now as we begin our journey though the mysterious realms of the chess board.