The Complete Idiot's Guide to Chess

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9780028641829: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Chess

Confused by esoteric chess terms like castling, forking, and making Luft? Can't tell whether you've got your opponent in check or checkmate? This book will tell you everything you need to know to become a budding Kasparov, from the names of pieces and their movements to tactics and strategies, from advanced maneuvers to setting up chess tournaments and clubs where you can test your skills. Also covered: a history of chess, from its beginnings in ancient India to how it became the world's most played game; all the basics of the board and the pieces; elementary rules and object of the game; famous openings and well-know tactics; sneak attacks and other tricky plays; exercises that explain strategies and chess-move annotations (often found in newspapers); and advice for using the Internet and computer programs to better your game and tips on starting a chess club or tournament.

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Youre no idiot, of course. Youve seen people play chess in movies and even on the computer. But when it comes to actually playing chess, you can barely distinguish the pawn from the rook. Dont throw in the towel yet! Whether you want to play chess fo pleasure or sport, The Complete Idiots Guide to Chess will teach you everything you need to know! In this Complete Idiots Guide you get-

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Patrick Wolff is a two-time U.S. Chess Champion (1992 and 1995) and an International Chess Grand-master. Patrick writes a chess column for the Boston Globe. In addition, he has been a chess coach and instructor and has appeared in several instructional chess videos.

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