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Beginner Chess Books

Year of Publication
1982 2014 1982 to 2014
Author(s)
  1. Al Lawrence (1)
  2. Bobby Fischer (2)
  3. Branislav Francuski (1)
  4. Bruce Pandolfini (3)
  5. Byron Jacobs (1)
  6. Chester Nuhmentz Jr. (1)
  7. Craig Pritchett (2)
  8. Dave Schloss (1)
  9. David MacEnulty (1)
  10. Donn Mosenfelder (1)
  11. Fred Reinfeld (3)
  12. Fred Wilson (1)
  13. Garry Kasparov (3)
  14. I.A. Horowitz (3)
  15. Igor Sukhin (8)
  16. Irving Chernev (1)
  17. Jacob Cantrell (1)
  18. Jim Eade (1)
  19. John Nunn (1)
  20. Jon Edwards (1)
  21. Josh Waitzkin (1)
  22. Judee Shipman (1)
  23. Kenneth Harkness (1)
  24. Lev Alburt (2)
  25. Maurice Ashley (1)
  26. Milton Hanauer (1)
  27. Murray Chandler (2)
  28. Paata Gaprindashvili (1)
  29. Peter Kurzdorfer (1)
  30. Reuben Fine (1)
  31. Roz Katz (1)
  32. Samuel Reshevsky (1)
  33. Samuel Reshevsky (1)
  34. Stuart Marquilies (1)
  35. Todd Bardwick (1)
  36. Yaroslav Srokovski (1)
  37. Yasser Seirawan (1)
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Chess Notation Type
  1. FAN - Figurine (15)
  2. AN - Algebraic (23)
  3. LAN - Long Algebraic (1)
  4. DN - Descriptive (7)
  5. NL - Notationless (3)
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Topics
  1. Strategy (1)
Popular Book Series
  1. Starting Out (1)
  2. Winning Chess (1)

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    Chess Training for Post-Beginners
    A Basic Course in Positional Understanding
    Catalog Code: B0143NIC

    After you have learned the rules of chess and developed some tactical abilities, how do you go from there? You are now ready to tackle basic issues of strategy, but what is the best way to improve and win more games?
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    Chess Training for Post-Beginners

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    How to be a Winner at Chess
    21st Century Edition
    Catalog Code: B0065RE

    The Essence of Good Chess The incomparable Fred Reinfeld is back in print! This new 21st-century edition is presented in modern algebraic notation in a double-column format, with more diagrams and a refresher course for beginners. How to be a Winner at Chess is among the very best introductory chess books ever produced, bar none. In it Reinfeld manages to capture the essence of good chess in a most readable, enjoyable, easy-to-grasp format. How to be a Winner at Chess is designed for the average player who knows the moves and rules but not much more. Warning! - you have to be able to read! Let Fred Reinfeld, the master wordsmith and instructor take you to the next level - in short turn you into a winner.
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    How to be a Winner at Chess

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    How to Beat Your Kids at Chess
    An Adult Beginner's Guide to Chess - 2nd Edition
    Catalog Code: B0063RE

    How to Beat Your Kids at Chess is a book that truly starts at the beginning, with the most basic idea of all: the straight line. This book offers clear explanations, opportunities to practice each concept before moving on, and a systematic progression of ideas.
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    How to Beat Your Kids at Chess

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    Chess Camp - VOLUME 7
    Opening Tactics
    Catalog Code: B0086EU

    Chess Camp is a new training system for beginning chessplayers, and for the parents and coaches who teach them.
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    Chess Camp - VOLUME 7

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    Chess Camp - VOLUME 6
    Tactics in Attack and Defense
    Catalog Code: B0085EU

    Chess Camp is a new training system for beginning chessplayers, and for the parents and coaches who teach them. Starting with simple problems to illustrate key concepts, and then progressing to more complex positions, the student will learn by doing, methodically integrating new information with previous knowledge while building effective thinking habits at the board.
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    Chess Camp - VOLUME 6

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    A Complete Chess Course - How to Win at Chess - VOLUME II
    Catalog Code: B0122IS

    This is a combined work, taking five separate books and combining them into one volume, but then re-dividing them into two volumes.
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    A Complete Chess Course - How to Win at Chess - VOLUME II

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    A Complete Chess Course - How to Win at Chess - VOLUME I
    Catalog Code: B0121IS

    This is a combined work, taking five separate books and combining them into one volume, but then re-dividing them into two volumes.
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    A Complete Chess Course - How to Win at Chess - VOLUME I

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    Chess Camp - VOLUME 5
    Two-Move Checkmates
    Catalog Code: B0077EU

    Chess Camp is a new training system for beginning chessplayers, and for the parents and coaches who teach them. Starting with simple problems to illustrate key concepts, and then progressing to more complex positions, the student will learn by doing, methodically integrating new information with previous knowledge while building effective thinking habits at the board.
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    Chess Camp - VOLUME 5

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    Chess Camp - VOLUME 4
    Elementary Endgames
    Catalog Code: B0076EU

    In this fourth volume, Elementary Endgames, the student will: 1) learn how to deliver fundamental checkmates such as a king and a rook against a lone king; 2) discover how to avoid stalemating the opposing king, and how to induce stalemate when threatened with checkmate; and 3) develop not only an understanding of concepts such as passed pawns and king opposition, but also a sense of confidence in the final phase of the game.
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    Chess Camp - VOLUME 4

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    First Book of Chess
    Catalog Code: B0109IS

    This book holds the distinction and is famous for being the first chess book Bobby Fischer ever read. As Bobby himself tells the story, when he was 6 years old, one day his sister Joan brought home a plastic chess set she had bought in the market and they learned how to play by reading the instructions on the box. Later, when Bobby had developed an interest in the game, Joan brought home a book appropriately entitled "First Book of Chess". It was then a new book, just out.
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    First Book of Chess

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    A Fresh Look at Chess
    40 Instructive Games, Played and Annotated by Players Like You!
    Catalog Code: B0019LV

    For this book, Lev has selected 40 of his best columns, arranged them by themes, cut some material — and added much more, all to make A Fresh Look at Chess both truly instructional and fun to read.
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    A Fresh Look at Chess

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    Chess for the Gifted & Busy
    A Short but Comprehensive Course - From Beginner to Expert
    Catalog Code: B0018LV

    This right-to-the-point book by one of the game's foremost teacher-writing teams uses a breakthrough approach to teach chess fast!
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    Chess for the Gifted & Busy

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    Start Playing Chess Today!
    A Quick and Easy Guide to Chess!
    Catalog Code: B0054CZ

    Take large diagrams, straightforward instruction and helpful tips and quizzes—and what do you have? The winning formula for a quick and easy way to play chess today. Perfect for players new to the game, the author explains the basics of chess and each piece's characteristics —how they move, their relative value and how they can be used to checkmate opponents.
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    Start Playing Chess Today!

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    Learn Chess Fast
    A Short-Cut Guide to the Royal Game Lavishly Illustrated
    Catalog Code: B0094IS

    IN THIS remarkable book, a great master and a great teacher have collaborated to produce what is probably the clearest and simplest guide to the game ever written. Containing more than 300 diagrams, Learn Chess Fast!
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    Learn Chess Fast

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    Total Chess
    Learn, Teach and Play the Easy 1-2-3 Way
    Catalog Code: B0084OB

    Total Chess is your complete guide to Chess. It covers everything: rules, strategies, tactics and checkmates. Everything in Chess comes in threes. Three simple strategies are presented for the opening, midgame, endgame, etc.
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    Total Chess

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    Chess Camp - VOLUME 3
    Checkmates with Many Pieces
    Catalog Code: B0058EU

    Chess Camp is a new training system for beginning chess players, and for the parents and coaches who teach them. Starting with simple problems to illustrate key concepts, and then progressing to more complex positions, the student will learn by doing, methodically integrating new information with previous knowledge while building effective thinking habits at the board.
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    Chess Camp - VOLUME 3

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    Chess Camp - VOLUME 2
    Simple Checkmates
    Catalog Code: B0057EU

    Chess Camp is a new training system for beginning chessplayers, and for the parents and coaches who teach them. Starting with simple problems to illustrate key concepts, and then progressing to more complex positions, the student will learn by doing, methodically integrating new information with previous knowledge while building effective thinking habits at the board.
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    Chess Camp - VOLUME 2

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    Chess Camp - VOLUME 1
    Move, Attack and Capture
    Catalog Code: B0056EU

    is a new training system for beginning chessplayers, and for the parents and coaches who teach them. Starting with simple problems to illustrate key concepts, and then progressing to more complex positions, the student will learn by doing, methodically integrating new information with previous knowledge while building effective thinking habits at the board.
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    Chess Camp - VOLUME 1

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    Checkmate! Tactics
    Catalog Code: B0307EM

    Would you now like to know how to regularly beat your opponents and move to the next level? If so, then Checkmate Tactics is the book for you.
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    Checkmate! Tactics

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    SHOPWORN - Checkmate! Tactics
    Catalog Code: SWB0307EM

    Would you now like to know how to regularly beat your opponents and move to the next level? If so, then Checkmate Tactics is the book for you.
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    SHOPWORN - Checkmate! Tactics

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    Chess In Action
    From First Attack to Checkmate
    Catalog Code: B0107BT

    This is not your typical beginner's chess book! Written by longtime children's book author Paul Mantell, and International Master of Chess Dean Ippolito, Chess in Action effectively captures the excitement of the battle: the thrill of staying one step ahead of your opponent, of launching a surprise attack, of drawing your adversary into a trap.
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    Chess In Action

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    Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess
    Learn to Think the Way Bobby Does
    Catalog Code: B0007IS

    Learn to think the same way Bobby Fischer did. This is the fastest, most efficient, most enjoyable book on chess ever compiled. As the student, you start at the beginning and progressively develop your skills as you apply Bobby Fischer's principles and learn how to play Chess the Bobby way.
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    Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess

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    The Most Valuable Skills in Chess
    From the Basic Moves to Winning Your First Game - And Beyond
    Catalog Code: B0138GB

    This book makes his ideas and material available to all: teachers and students alike. He has been called the Tiger Woods of chess. In 1999, Maurice Ashley became the first African-American to qualify for the elite Grandmaster title, an achievement that was widely reported in the international media, including Time magazine, USA Today, New York Times, Sports Illustrated and The Times (London).
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    The Most Valuable Skills in Chess

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    Chess For Rookies
    Learn To Play, Win and Enjoy!
    Catalog Code: B0279EM

    Short Description for Chess For Rookies - B0279EM
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    Chess For Rookies

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    SHOPWORN - Chess For Rookies
    Learn To Play, Win and Enjoy!
    Catalog Code: SWB0279EM

    Chess for Rookies is a fun-to-read, leisurely, yet well-paced guide. Assuming no prior knowledge of the game, Craig Pritchett takes the beginner on a journey through the crucial basics. Mixing instruction and good humour, this book is an ideal way to learn how to play and win at chess.
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    SHOPWORN - Chess For Rookies

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    Chess Made Simple
    Catalog Code: B0004IS

    This is a book about the most fascinating game in the world. It is both a manual for beginners and a refresher course for experienced players. Clear and methodical explanations begin with the various chess pieces and proceed to subtle, advanced plays.
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    Chess Made Simple

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    Gary's Adventures in Chess Country
    Catalog Code: B0003EU

    The book's story begins when Gary, a young boy, finds himself at home with his babysitter one boring afternoon. His day picks up when a young girl named Cassie comes to take him away to Chess Country, a world where everything is related to the royal game. Along the way, Gary meets many of the residents of Chess Country, including Riddles -- who provides Gary and the reader with numerous chess puzzles -- and Zug, another young boy who will become Gary's chess rival.
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    Gary's Adventures in Chess Country

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    Chess the Easy Way
    Catalog Code: B0012IS

    More chess coaches in America recommend this book for their students than any other book. Written by one of the World's Strongest Grandmasters who was top contender for the World Chess Championship, "Chess the Easy Way" takes the player from the beginning moves of chess, rapidly advancing to the Expert Level.
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    Chess the Easy Way

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    Back to Basics - Fundamentals
    Catalog Code: B0011RE

    How about a Nice Game of Chess?

    The game of chess has challenged and delighted the world for centuries. In Back to Basics: Fundamentals, the essential building blocks of the royal game are presented simply and in an easy-to-understand format. With the expert guidance of chess master Branislav Francuski, you will learn how the chess pieces move and capture; the underlying principles of the game; how to spot and carry out simple checkmates; and understand the basic tactical ideas that are so important to playing and winning.
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    Back to Basics - Fundamentals

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    An Invitation to Chess
    A Picture Guide to the Royal Game
    Catalog Code: B0025IS

    An Invitation to Chess is perhaps the most successful chess book ever written, with sales of over 100,000. It is a basic beginners book, starting with the moves of the pieces and rapidly advancing to more complex problems and examples.
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    An Invitation to Chess

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    Chess 101
    Everything A New Chess Player Needs to Know
    Catalog Code: B0019OB

    Learning to play chess involves more than just knowing how to move the pieces. Chess 101 is a chess book for beginners that provides a comprehensive overview of everything a new player needs to know. This includes... Types of boards and pieces, setting up the board, the value of the pieces, how the pieces move, including castling and "en passant", chess notation, the three phases of the game of chess, how to study chess, what a chess rating is and how to get one, chess clock rules, an overview of faster chess games, the mechanics of a tournament, rules and etiquette, and tips to winning chess. Chess 101 also contains over two dozen exhibits, designed to make understanding the game easy!
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    Chess 101

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    Portable Chess Coach
    Learn How to Play and Win at Chess in One Easy Reading!
    Catalog Code: B0004CZ

    This entertaining guide for beginners of all ages is like a human chess coach. It clearly explains the basic rules and moves, opening strategies, middle game and endgame, plus the basic tactics and combinations to give you the winning edge. As you glide through the text, Judee helps you along with review questions, practice puzzles, and instructive games, and shows you the ten most common beginner's mistakes.
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    Portable Chess Coach

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    Chess Workbook for Children
    The Chess Detective's Introduction to the Royal Game
    Catalog Code: B0006OB

    Chess Workbook for Children is a fun, comprehensive workbook and instruction book for children (and adults!) who are new to chess or who are in the beginning stages of learning to play the royal game. Ten basic chess lessons and chess rules are presented in detail.
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    Chess Workbook for Children

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    Teach Yourself VISUALLY Chess
    Catalog Code: B0051OB

    Chess is a mental game, but you don't have to strain your brain to learn the basics - not with this guide that shows you how to play. Teach Yourself VISUALLY Chess covers how to set up the board, how each piece moves, opening strategies and variations, attacking themes and common sacrifices, and more. Photos of the board let you see strategies in action.
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    Teach Yourself VISUALLY Chess

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    Chess for Dummies
    A Reference for the Rest of Us!
    Catalog Code: B0033OB

    Chess For Dummies is 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.
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    Chess for Dummies

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    Checkmate My First Chess Book
    Catalog Code: B0140EM

    Learn to play the great game of chess with none other than Garry Kasparov, the World number one and the most famous figure in chess history, as your teacher. Discover all the various pieces - the king, the queen, the knights, the bishops and the pawns. Find out how the pieces move, the values of the chessmen, how to attack and how to defend, how to capture, how to employ special moves such as castling, how to write the moves down and, crucially, how to give check and deliver checkmate.
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    Checkmate My First Chess Book

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