by Jose Raul Capablanca
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace and Co. 1921
Number of pages: 263
This is the masterpiece by World Chess Champion Jose Raul Capablanca who is regarded as the strongest chess player who ever lived, prior to the arrival of Bobby Fischer. Chess Fundamentals, though normally for the beginning player, contains valuable insights that will benefit players at all levels of understanding, including masters.
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The opening of a game of chess is a battle between two equally matched armies. There is no method that will secure one player a decisive advantage independent from what his opponent does. If there were, no one would play chess.
by Henry Edward Bird
This work is but a condensation of a much larger one, containing the result of what can be discovered concerning the origin and history of chess, combined with some of my own reminiscences of 46 years past both of chess play and its exponents...
Strategy in chess is the overall art of forming a plan. This book assumes that the reader understands the rules of chess. While it is up to the reader whether he should continue, this book lays the foundation for all great chessplayers.
by James Mason - Horace Cox
This book is really a complete reference of all aspect of the game and suitable for beginners and casual players. Combinations are analyzed and presented in a practical way, making it easier to discover patterns and see moves ahead more clearly.