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This book aims to take the reader on a journey from complete novice, knowing nothing at all about chess, to a level at which he or she can play a game of chess with a sufficient grasp of strategy and tactics to give a good account of themselves and gain pleasure from the game. Through the series of lessons in his book Erik Czerwin imparts the basics of chess playing to the reader in a clear and easy-to-follow fashion.
The lessons begin with the simplest possible position, the empty board, and progress to the most complex, the opening. By first examining the empty board, a player can begin to understand the intricacies of the game at their most basic level. Next, each piece is examined by itself as it relates to the board. After an explanation of the endgame and notation, the sequence continues by examining the three elements of chess strategy. This is followed by an explanation of the next simplest position, two kings on an empty board. After this, a single pawn is added. This sequence continues so that the player learns to incorporate each new fundamental concept in layers, progressing until the game reaches its most complex point, the first move.
Each section builds upon the previous one in such a way that, even on the first page, the student is learning the fundamentals that the top rated players use when forming their strategies and brilliancies.
Award-winning chess coach Erik Czerwin's unique training method begins by studying the simplest chess positions with very few pieces - and then moves on, step by step, adding more pieces to the board. Complex ideas are always built up from simpler situations, ensuring that the learning curve stays flat. With helpful exercises throughout, Chess Progress is the perfect book for every chess enthusiast.
* The ideal chess book for the beginner
* The ideal chess book for the improving player
* The ideal chess book for the teacher
* Absolute beginners can learn everything they need to know in order to play chess competitively.
* More experienced players will encounter deeper concepts and be able to approach chess from a new perspective, enabling them to take their play to the next level.
Erik Czerwin is a high school teacher and chess coach in Illinois. He is a self-taught player who has had great success teaching the game to his students since he began coaching in 2005. In 2007, he started a chess team at Marengo High School, and by 2012, the team won the Illinois Division 1A title, the first in school history. That year, the Illinois Chess Coaches Association elected Erik as the Coach of the Year.
Published 2014, softback, 334 pages.