Chess : From First Moves to Checkmate

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Chess books: worthy, depressingly dull, visually dire. Well think again! Chess - From First Moves to Checkmate completely re-writes the rule book. Rejecting the conventional annotation-heavy approach in favour of gorgeous design and breathtaking artwork, this inspiring title will seduce a huge range of readers from novice to intermediate player. Computer-generated artwork re-creates the chessboard, pieces and moves in a wholly original way, providing the perfect guide for all players. Readers are encouraged to improve their game with graded puzzles. A comprehensive reference section includes a full glossary and website details. The book also explores the fascinating history of chess. Along with features on the great personalities of chess and awe-inspiring matches, this is a title that will appeal not only to those new to the game but the massed legions of chess players already out more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 228 x 228 x 10mm | 222.26g
  • Pan MacMillan
  • Kingfisher Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • colour illustrations
  • 0753410028
  • 9780753410028

About Daniel King

Daniel King is a professional chess player who has achieved the highest chess title - Grandmaster. He has written eleven books on chess as well as contributing articles to Britain's Independent on Sunday, Sunday Times, Guardian and Daily Telegraph. He has wide broadcasting experience including live television commentary of the World Chess Championship, and has presented programme links on Nickelodeon children's more

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"Chess is the gymnasium of the mind." Lenin"show more

Table of contents

1 Half title; 2-3 Title; 4-5 Copyright and contents; 6-7 What is chess?; 8-9 History; 10-11 Setting up; 12-17 The pieces; 18-19 Notation; 20-21 Check and checkmate 1; 22-23 Check and checkmate 2; 24-25 Material chess; 26-27 Castling; 28-29 Opening the game; 30-31 Forks, pins and skewers; 32-33 Four lethal attacking weapons; 34-35 Sacrifice; 36-37 What is a draw?; 38-39 Pumping wood (training exercises); 40-41 Test positions; 42-43 The world championship 1; 44-45 The world championship 2; 46-47 The greatest - Garry Kasparov; 48-49 Longest and shortest games; 50-51 How to cheat at chess; 52-53 Russians and chess; 54-55 Computers and chess; 56-57 Man vs Machine; 58-59 Glossary; 60-61 Resources; 62-63 Index; 64 Acknowledgementsshow more

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