All 33 games from Irving Chernev’s book Logical Chess: Move By Move (Every Move Explained), Faber & Faber ; New Algebraic Edition B.T. Batsford, . Logical Chess: Move by Move by Irving Chernev. This classic chess book of annotated games written by prolific chess author Irving Chernev explains the. My 60 Memorable Games by Bobby Fischer Logical Chess Move By Move by Irving Chernev The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal by Mikhail Tal Bobby Fischer.

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Quite possibly the best first book on chess.

Every move is explained and avoids the mundane paragraphs of chess notation. That’s not too much of a problem when it chetnev to the tactics, because chss never go out of fashion. May 10, Alan Tomkins-Raney rated it really liked it.

It was the book that got me hooked on the game But you’ll sniff at some of the openings which feel like wind-up gramophones in an I-pad age. Or, put it this way, I am genuinely jealous of people who have not read this book for the first time, because if the pleasure that is waiting for them, as long as they can make a few small allowances for the age difference Nunn has argued that Logical Chess Move by Move is a severely limited work produced by a weak player.

This is fantastic chess book. Maybe it’s repetition by intention, logicxl at the end it bored me down a little bit.

Logical Chess Move by Move Author: While this is a great book, there are some areas where it is showing its age having first been issued nearly a half century ago. Even in intermediate or advanced games, the principle that pawns can’t move backwards, that it creates weaknesses, is all still useful because you weigh that up against the benefits of such a move.

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I first came across this book at an early stage in my chess career, and I believe that it helped form my understanding of what hcernev mastery is all about. Given the book’s original copyright, it is not surprising that the earliest game is from and the latest was played in Yes, Capablanca can do no wrong. This is a classic chess book explaining every move in easy to understand words.

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I used the structure and natural kingside attack from that game in many, many of my own encounters. This invites a sacrifice. The fact that Chernev makes certain oversimplifications and yes, out-and-out mistakes in some places is a good thing to be discovered at some point in a player’s chess development, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that Chernev’s book, warts and all, cannot be very!

Anyway, I found the teaching style very appealing and have learnt a lot. Highly recommended to any enthusiast who wants to build a platform to be more than just a hobby player. Suspicious I again checked with an engine and the engine is like “yeah it’s about Post as a guest Name.

Irving Chernev’s Logical Chess, Move by Move – The Chess Improver

JustJackinIt 23 min ago. First, the analyses are sometimes not complete or contain slight errors. This book may be hard to find. I remember someone pointing out that the era the games are from makes them easier to umderstand than some more modern games.

Irving Chernev: Logical Chess

My only warning would be that the impressionable student should be gently reminded by a friend or mentor that most of the rules and principles Chernev so dogmatically states do not actually have any consistent validity in real-world chess, so that the book should be looked at as a way to get started thinking about positions, not as a reliable guideline to what chess is really about.

In fact, many would suggest using two chessboards when conducting a self-study: Logical Chess is pages long with no diagrams — clearly not a book for beginners. Exceptional players find exceptional moves and that’s what we all try to do! It helps you understand the strategies and thought processes behind the masters of the game.


I have 2 complaints. I checked to see how an engine felt about h3 in that particular position and the engine is like “yeah h3 is best. But Chernev’s “principles” can be kind of arbitrary at times. I loved this book.

At the time Chernev wrote his book there was no powerful chess engines and computer analysis, unlike Nunn which likely uses a lot of these tools to support the accuracy of his analysis. Mar 05, Alex Vasai rated it it was amazing. If am even still trying to learn and play this game, it is because of Chernev’s writings. Here are three key criteria I use for including a book on my overlearning list: Logical Chess was my first chess book, which accounts for my familiarity with it, and fondness for it.

It teaches chess concepts, principles and rules of thumb; the reasons behind the move. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website.

Open Preview See a Problem? Before attempting Logical Chess, I recommend that true beginners read the following books three chese each yes, at least three times because it gets clearer — chese, smoother with each reading as information is assimilated with prior understanding. The general with the larger, entirely mobilized army should win if he’s careful yet aggressive! Does a good job of explaining the ideas behind moves especially opening moves in easy to understand language.

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