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Chess For Dummies, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-05451-2
384 pages
March 2011
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Proven tactical tips to strengthen your game

Your quick and easy guide to the rules, strategies, and etiquette of chess

Kings, queens, knights - does chess seem like a royal pain to grasp? This friendly guide helps you make the right moves. From using the correct terms to engaging in the art of attack, you'll get step-by-step explanations that demystify the game. You'll also find updated information on tournaments and top players, as well as computer chess games and playing chess online!

Discover how to:
  • Set up your chessboard
  • Understand the pieces and their powers
  • Recognize the game's patterns
  • Decipher chess notation
  • Employ tactics to gain an advantage
  • Find tournaments and clubs
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Table of Contents


Part I: Laying the Groundwork.

Chapter 1: Tackling the Chess Basics.

Chapter 2: Greeting the Pieces and Their Powers.

Chapter 3: Getting to Know the Elements of Chess.

Chapter 4: Looking Out for the King: Check, Stalemate, and Checkmate.

Part II: Gaining Chess Know-How.

Chapter 5: Tactics and Combinations in Hand-to-Hand Combat.

Chapter 6: Sacrifices: When It’s Better to Give than to Receive.

Chapter 7: Mastering Mating Patterns.

Chapter 8: Building Pattern Recognition.

Chapter 9: Recognizing Pawn Formations.

Chapter 10: Making Special Moves.

Part III: Game Time: Putting Your Chess Foot Forward.

Chapter 11: Selecting Your Strategy: The Principles of Play.

Chapter 12: Coming on Strong in the Opening.

Chapter 13: Making Headway during the Middlegame.

Chapter 14: Exiting with Style in the Endgame.

Part IV: Getting Into Advanced Action.

Chapter 15: Competition Play and Necessary Etiquette.

Chapter 16: Hitting the Net with Computer Chess.

Chapter 17: Got Notation? Reading and Writing about Chess.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 18: The Ten Most Famous Chess Games.

Chapter 19: The Ten Best Players of All Time.

Part VI: Appendixes.

Appendix A: A Glossary of Chess.

Appendix B: Other Chess Resources.


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Author Information

James Eade, a United States Chess Federation Chess Master since 1981, devotes his time to chess writing, organizing, and teaching.
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