what is a good chess book for a beginner ? (sub 1000)

dannyhume
Not a big fan of books, but IM pfren’s sarcasm and advice appeal to me, and I already own the Soviet Chess Primer (classic patzer/chess book collector)... I am gonna bite and go through the Soviet Chess Primer CAREFULLY after or while I get through these 3000 mate-in-2’s in Laszlo Polgar’s 5334 book.

By the way, what do you think of Larry Evans’ New Ideas in Chess for low-level players, those of you that have read the book? Before or after the Mazeilis book?
666Buffchix
dannyhume wrote:
By the way, what do you think of Larry Evans’ New Ideas in Chess for low-level players, those of you that have read the book? Before or after the Mazeilis book?

 

I'm reading New Ideas in Chess now. Haven't gotten to the chapter on Buffchix Mode yet. Interestingly I find the author comes off as a bit full of himself, with super-excited annotations along the lines of "I'll make this sacrifice GLADLY". Back to JAJAJAckensack!

mini_VAN
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mini_VAN

I think Soviet Primer Chess (SPC) is more of a tactics teaching book whereas Complete Chess Course (3C) is more of a strategy/planning teaching book. I prefer 3C because it first introduces nine common bad moves in opening. Then, it moves on to middle game by breaking down into "play as White"" (offensive theme), "play as Black" (defensive theme), how to attack and maintain advantage, and how to fight back. Finally, it briefly introduces 1.e4 openings and 1.d4 openings.

 

The best thing about this book is the author use ALL openings as examples in previous chapters. So by the time readers reach book 7 & 8 (e4 & d4 openings) these opening main lines are familiar to them. And, the order of these openings introduction is very logical.

 

For example in book 7, 1.e4, the first opening introduced is the Center game:

1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.Qxd4 Nc6
" White’s game is discredited from the very start by his premature development of the queen. This enables Black to seize the initiative at move 3 by counterattacking against the white queen. Not recommended for White "

Next is Danish Gambit

1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3

" This dashing attempt to seize the attack by sacrificing two pawns can yield White a very powerful attack if Black does not defend carefully. However, as you will see, Black has several satisfactory defenses. Consequently, the Danish should be ventured only against weak opponents. "

So, beginners like me can easily see that after 2...exd4, if I play as White, I should not play 3.Qxd4. Instead, I should play 3.c3

ezesouza

Thanks

mini_VAN

There is another Soviet chess book called Soviet Middle Technique, which I did not own yet because I am still reading Complete Chess Course (3C). However, based on the contents (one may say that don't judge the book by it cover grin.png ) I feel that this book is a good supplement to Soviet Chess Primer because it focus on planning and combination. It is also cheap ($19 for 400+ pages => 4 cent a page, cheaper than printing at my college tongue.png). So, I will buy it as a supplement to my 3C book because it lacks of combination teachinggrin.png

 

Last but not least, download CHESSIFY app to SCAN the BOARD! This app recognize board in book, computer screen, and even the picture of board the you download from the website.

kindaspongey
mini_VAN wrote:

... Complete Chess Course [by Reinfeld] ... in book 7, 1.e4, the first opening introduced is the Center game:

1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.Qxd4 Nc6
" White’s game is discredited from the very start by his premature development of the queen. This enables Black to seize the initiative at move 3 by counterattacking against the white queen. Not recommended for White "

Next is Danish Gambit

1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3

" This dashing attempt to seize the attack by sacrificing two pawns can yield White a very powerful attack if Black does not defend carefully. However, as you will see, Black has several satisfactory defenses. Consequently, the Danish should be ventured only against weak opponents. "

So, beginners like me can easily see that after 2...exd4, if I play as White, I should not play 3.Qxd4. Instead, I should play 3.c3

There was a 2008 book (Dangerous Weapons 1 e4 e5)

https://web.archive.org/web/20140627091711/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/hansen109.pdf

that suggested the Center Game.

kindaspongey
mini_VAN wrote:

... Soviet Middle Technique ...

https://www.qualitychess.co.uk/ebooks/SovietMiddlegameTechnique-excerpt.pdf

Lastrank

New Ideas In Chess by Evans is a good book.  You can pick up good ideas there.