Learn the art of the checkmate from Bobby Fischer, chess grandmaster.
The Bottom Line
A must-own classic, first published in 1966, this bestselling primer from a grandmaster remains a go-to guide for learning to win.
The only American-born chess player to ever win the World Championship, Bobby Fischer is considered one of the greatest players of all time. Three times during his chess career, he achieved shut-out winning streaks against top grandmasters: his 11-0 victory at the 1963-64 U.S. Championship and his two 6-0 victories in his Candidates Matches against Bent Larson and Mark Taimanov.
For any other player, even one shut-out is considered virtually unachievable.
With this book, Fischer invites readers to improve their chess game by practicing the same approaches he’s employed. He does so using “programmed instruction,” a method in which the material is presented in small doses, giving readers frequent opportunities to test their understanding before moving on. In essence, it’s quick bites of information, test, and answer. What’s more, readers are able to compare their answers and playing tactics with Fischer’s. This interactive learning style helps readers better retain information by giving them the chance to apply and practice concepts as they learn them.
II. Fischer’s Unique Approach to Learning
III. The Art of the Checkmate
IV. Key Defenses — and the Associated Offenses
V. Coordinate Your Chess Pieces for Maximum Impact
VI. The Importance of Precision
VII. Look for Patterns in Every Variation
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