Logical Chess: Move By Move: Every Move Explained New Algebraic Edition (Irving Chernev)

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Logical Chess: Move By Move: Every Move Explained New Algebraic Edition (Irving Chernev)

Logical Chess: Move By Move: Every Move Explained New Algebraic Edition (Irving Chernev)

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I'm sure it's more complicated in practice, but I didn't realize before reading this what a powerful defender the knight is on f6, and how quickly things can get scary without it. I highly recommend this book to both beginners and experienced players, and would strongly suggest you play these games out, move by move, on a physical (or indeed electronic) board as you read through them in the book. One of the first books I owned, Chernev's THE FIRESIDE BOOK OF CHESS guided me through the many facets of chess during my formative years. Modern chess is a little bit different and to understand why GMs break the rules could be interesting. Aready black will be feeling some pressure, and you can try bringing a knight and/or rook into the attack from there.

Nf3 Nc6) and unfortunately I bought it based on a lot of these reviews(One of which is backed up by a photo of the wrong edition! English Opening: C4, original move, leaving Black to amass at the center, opening up fianchetto, striking at center from a distance to undermine it. In short, it's a good read, with 33 games from Chernev's time or before (remember this book was written in the 50s). Granted, the book was originally written in the 1950s, so we don't have the pleasure of seeing Chernev's reaction to games by the likes of Fischer, Tal, and their contemporaries. Growing up I realized (especially after learning how to play chess) that in real life it's not possible to win every battle, but we must be prepared.I generally look at side-variations only if a) the author says straight away this is important, or b) if I'm curious about a particular move and a side-variation covers it. In his kingside attack section, which features some nice games the 'culprit', and eventual loser, often moves his rook's pawn forward a square.

In fact, one of the games, Blackburne-Blanchard, probably gained me 100 rating points in my class days. A couple of years ago, I picked up the Batsford edition and it has been sitting on my shelf collecting dust. In some situations a pawn in front of castled king gets moved and he's like "what a terrible move, don't violate the king's safety!This did work for a time, but I eventually hit the plateau I've been in and decided I'd start studying the game a bit more seriously. My first chess book was a Dover paperback copy of Irving Chernev's "The Most Instructive Games Ever Played". A player with a high rating may criticize that the games are too simplistic and old fashioned, but to appreciate the modern theory and its subtleties I imagine you've got to know the classical play first.

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