Chess For Rookies

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Bibliography 7
Acknowledgments 9
Introduction 11
1 Getting Started 15
1.1 The Starting Position 15
1.2 Getting to Know the Chessboard 17
1.3 Playing with Pawns 20
1.4 Playing with Bishops 25
1.5 Playing with Knights 30
1.6 Playing with Rooks 37
1.7 Playing with Queens 41
1.8 Playing with Kings 46
1.9 Checking the King and Checkmate 51
1.10 The Relative Value of Pieces 58
1.11 Playing Your First Whole Games 59
2 Basic Chess Tactics 63
2.1 Four Lone King Checkmates: Basic Mating Positions 63
2.2 Four Lone King Checkmates: Basic Mating Methods 68
2.3 Simple Forks 77
2.4 Simple Skewers 91
2.5 Simple Pins 96
2.6 Pawn Promotions 101
2.7 Kingside and Queenside Castling 106
2.8 En Passant Captures 112
2.9 Stalemate 117
2.10 Checkmating the Uncastled King 122
2.11 Checkmating the Castled King 131
3 Strategic Thinking 145
3.1 The Value of Time in Chess 145
3.2 The Value of Space 156
3.3 Understanding Strong and Weak Points 166
3.4 How and When to Attack 175
3.5 How and When to Defend 184
3.6 How and When to Manoeuvre 194
3.7 Playing King and Pawn Endgames 203
3.8 Playing King and Rook Endgames 212
3.9 Playing Endgames with Many Pawns and Pieces 222
4 Opening Games 232
4.1 Playing the Italian Game 232
4.2 Open Games – Anderssen and Morphy 239
4.3 Closed Games – Steinitz and Capablanca 247
4.4 Dynamic Openings – Botvinnik and Tal 258
4.5 Total Chess – Fischer and Kasparov 270
4.6 Women Power – Polgar and Kosteniuk 283
4.7 Computer Power – Anand and Topalov 290
4.8 Backwards to the Future – Emanuel Lasker 299
5 Next Steps – Where to Play and Enjoy Chess 306
5.1 Playing with Family and Friends 306
5.2 Schools, Clubs, Tournaments and Leagues 307
5.3 Play on the Internet 308
5.4 And Finally – For the Culture Vulture 308
Solutions to Exercises 310
Glossary 333
Index 346
About the Author 352