In chess, as in life, rules must often be swept aside. In general, though, the principles governing sound chess play do make wonderful guideposts, especially in the opening, the middlegame, and the ending! Nunn has argued that Logical Chess Move by Move is a severely limited work produced by a weak player. Unfortunately, such misleading chess books are distressingly common.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Illustrates effective middle-game plans. In this popular classic, "The novice who plays through Logical Chess can learn an ocean of basic chess wisdom.
In this popular classic, the author explains 33 complete games, in detail, move by move, including the reason for each one. Playing through these games and explanations gives real insight into the power of the pieces and how to post them most effectively.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Oct 26, Paul Bryant rated it really liked it Shelves: all-kinds-of-everything. If I could live my life over again ah, if only I would make one simple change. I would remove all the chess and add dancing in its place. In my experience chess is not a good way to meet girls. View all 17 comments. Oct 21, Will Once rated it really liked it.
This is not a chess book. It's an old friend. It was the first chess book I ever owned, back in the days before girls, when everything was in black and white and a computer was a panel of flashing lights playing on Spock's face. It was the book that got me hooked on the game So I have to admit that I am more than a little biased. Reviewing this book is a bit like reviewing your Grandmother. You love her to bits, and because of that you don' This is not a chess book.
You love her to bits, and because of that you don't really want to mention the Let's start with the good news. This is a fabulous book. A classic. If you have more than one chess book, then you have the beginnings of a collection. And no collection would be complete without a copy of "Logical chess". If you haven't got a chess book, then I can think of no better way to start a collection than this one.
It's a must have. Because there are few books aimed at beginners, but which will still entertain you as you get stronger. Not only that, but Chernev is a witty writer. Okay, maybe not laugh out loud, belly laugh type material. But you will love the way he describes the games. It's not perfect. Describing every move is a great idea in principle, but it does get a little wearisome having to read about 1. The games themselves are as old as the hills.
That's not too much of a problem when it comes to the tactics, because tactics never go out of fashion. But you'll sniff at some of the openings which feel like wind-up gramophones in an I-pad age. It also has to be said that some of Chernev's advice is a tad suspect. It's of its time, and that is both a strength and a weakness. Luxuriate in its timeless wonderfulness and you'll have a grand time.
Get sniffy about the old codger wearing unfashionable clothes and it might not quite work for you. You have to make some allowances for its age. It doesn't have the whizzy graphics for the 3D touch screen high definition generation. But it's still a fabulous classic and you can't imagine a world in which it doesn't exist. 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 View all 3 comments.
Jan 01, notgettingenough rated it it was amazing Shelves: games. This is such a good book. Above all others I'd recommend this to people who have a bit of chess interest but think reading a book will be too hard.
Having said that, you can be any standard and get something from it. View 2 comments. Feb 14, Randy rated it it was amazing Shelves: chess. I had truly written this book off as: a old with old fashioned explanations; b written by someone who just "popularized" chess, and not a real player; and c rumored to be full of errors.
I could not have been more stupid in ignoring this book so long, not to mention being wrong about all of the above. There are some brilliant ideas expressed in this book. A very modern table containing a comparison of the mobility of pieces in terms squares they could move to - which I had seen in one of Dan He I had truly written this book off as: a old with old fashioned explanations; b written by someone who just "popularized" chess, and not a real player; and c rumored to be full of errors.
A very modern table containing a comparison of the mobility of pieces in terms squares they could move to - which I had seen in one of Dan Heisman's books and thought it was a great invention. It has the the thoughts of a human master-level player, which are, mistakes and all, better than the all computer analysis lines that anyone can generate.
My goal in reading books like this is to incorporate into my subconscious as many master game patterns as possible: moves humans make, explanations humans give. In that respect, again flaws and all, showing the moves and some of the simple ideas behind the moves, even the repetition of some bits of advice, was perfect for me.
I had heard of games leaving impressions on people before, but after playing chess more than 40 years, it had never happened to me. Now, I get to say that Rubinstein-Salwe, Lodz, game 20 left a deep impression on me. I found it in least a half a dozen other books, annotated by everyone including Kasparov.
It was called a perfect model game - and here it was, in this book that I first saw it, despite having known about Rubinstein for a long time. Since the book was written decades before I was born, I wish I had seen it when I was At least then I would not have had such an ego problem and there were no chess engines to argue with. I would have also had time to play over the games again and again. I know all the chess players here have already written love letters to this book, but I could not let that stop me from writing mine.
View 1 comment. Jan 09, Jacob Hurley rated it really liked it Shelves: chess. Nov 20, Dan Domme rated it really liked it Shelves: chess. This is the first book that a chess player should read after learning the basics - that is, how the pieces move, basic checkmating patterns, and the tactical building blocks such as forks, pins, and skewers. I would say it's for anyone with a rating of up to or so. At this point, players may find that they can get a win here and there, but they usually fall victim to other players' plans.
It is most likely that they can't form plans of attack yet! Chernev's book presents a number of games i This is the first book that a chess player should read after learning the basics - that is, how the pieces move, basic checkmating patterns, and the tactical building blocks such as forks, pins, and skewers.
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I played through this many years ago. Some of the analysis may be a little bit dodgy but the games are good and you could certainly just enjoy playing through the games and checking the analysis only where you think there is an error. I remember someone pointing out that the era the games are from makes them easier to umderstand than some more modern games. It depends on what you are using the book for.
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Chernev's book was one of my first, and I still have fond memories of blazing through it. I was so obsessed with chess from the start that I played through every game in this book at a shamefully fast pace --"shameful," in the sense that it was indicative of a waste of life or a lack of having a life. I am available for one-on-one lessons in person or online. Use the contact form below if interested.
Logical Chess : Move By Move : Every Move Explained
This website won't do the book justice; you need to reserve the book and play through the games as Chernev describes the action! It teaches chess concepts, principles and rules of thumb; the reasons behind the move. Logical Chess is recommended to intermediate players and mature, advanced beginners with excellent reading comprehension who can follow alternate lines and five-move combinations. However, even the great Mikhail Tal read Logical Chess to brush up on fundamental principles. Tal surely did not learn anything new; it served as a reminder. Grandmasters like Tal study the games of other strong players everyday. Amateurs should also use this approach.