The Art of Chess
by James Mason
Publisher: Horace Cox 1905
Number of pages: 485
This book is a classic of chess. It 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 clear and practical way, making it easier to discover patterns and see moves ahead more clearly.
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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.
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