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Advanced Chess

Book Review

 

Title:

The Usborne Guide  to Advanced Chess

Author:

David Norwood

Publisher:

EDC Publishing, Tulsa, Ok

ISBN:

0-7460-0617-9

Reviewed By:

Frank Fogg

Review Date:

April, 2003

Rating:

The Usborne Guide to Advanced Chess  is a paperback primer for the intermediate level chess enthusiast. This is a  full color paperback of 64 pages.

Get more information about Advanced Chess at amazon.comAdvanced Chess is divided into a number of short chapters. Each chapter teaches chess  theory by a combination of text, traditional two-dimensional chessboard diagrams,  and three-dimensional photographs of the chessboard. There are chapters that demonstrate the theory behind openings, the middle game, and the end game, while  others are dedicated to specialized details such as pawn use, piece control,  sacrificing, and planning.

A small number of chess puzzles are included throughout the book. These tease  the user to apply the chapter concepts to solving a puzzle by selecting the  right combination of moves. The answers to the puzzles are contained in an appendix  at the end of the book. There is also a glossary of common chess terms and a  chapter that describes tournament play.

The reader should learn chess notation to fully understand this manual. A page is included at the beginning of the book that clearly explains how it works but beginners will probably find themselves reviewing this section repeatedly. Luckily, the chessboard diagrams include color-coded arrows that show each move or possibility that is described in the book.

Advanced Chess covers four openings; the Spanish Opening, King's Gambit, Caro-Kann and King's Indian Defense. Each chapter covers the first nine moves and each  move is dissected in small detail. Once the player gets to the ninth move, a  picture shows the chessboard with the pieces ready for move ten and a text box discusses what options and advantages each side has going into the middle game.

Advanced Chess does a good job of explaining the theory behind chess at all  stages of the game. The color-coded diagrams make comprehension of the material  much easier and are found throughout the text. This book does not cover a wide  variety of openings or provide page upon page of dull analysis, but instead  focuses on only the most important concepts. It is perfect for the beginner or intermediate level player wanting to learn a little more about chess theory in a short amount of time.

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