Book Review: Chess Fundamentals by Capablanca

Jan 6, 2014, 4:32 AM |

Found for £3.50 second hand at the Astley Book Farm in rainy North Warwickshire yesterday, this is a classic primer covering a good sweep of chess theory from Capa, and including annotated games from the man at the end.  I found out subsequently that this is also available for free as an ebook.


Here's an example of his writing from the section on pawn endings.  I had a bit of a problem with the diagram so couldn't save all the text.  The version I have is descriptive notation, but algebraic versions are available.  see this forum for info. on different versions.

Capa starts with end game technique, moves on to middle game and the onto openings, which I believe is an approach favoured by many coaches, and the Russian school.149 pages go deeper into theory, with the remaining 100 containing his games.

This is probably the only chess book I have which I feel unreservedly comfortable of recommending.  If you have an e-reader then don't even think about it.