Chess History and Reminiscences
by Henry Edward Bird
Number of pages: 195
This little work is but a condensation and essence 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...
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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.
by Jose Raul Capablanca - Harcourt, Brace and Co.
This is the masterpiece by World Chess Champion Jose Raul Capablanca. Chess Fundamentals, though normally for the beginning player, contains valuable insights that will benefit players at all levels of understanding, including masters.
by Edward Lasker - ManyBooks
The author gives complete instructions for the beginner and valuable suggestions for the advanced player. Edward Lasker was a leading German-American chess and Go player. He published several books on American checkers, chess, and Go.
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.