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All 33 games from Irving Chernev’s book Logical Chess: Move By Move (Every Move Explained), Faber & Faber ; New Algebraic Edition B.T. Batsford, . Logical Chess: Move by Move by Irving Chernev. This classic chess book of annotated games written by prolific chess author Irving Chernev explains the. It seems that Nunn (who is undoubtedly a stronger player than Chernev was) is correct in his criticisms of certain instances of analysis in.

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Books that have a collection of annotated games from first move to last like Logical Chess must be read while seated at a table with a chessboard to play out each move on the board. Oct 26, Paul Bryant rated it really liked it Shelves: Besides, I will not take Nunn’s ideas at face value because he has a similar book published and I have never heard a competitor review the competitive product amicably.

Irving Chernev’s Logical Chess, Move by Move

Oct 26, Amar Pai rated it liked it Shelves: Just by repeating the basic principles one already memorizes and adapts them easily and I caught myself looking at a position on the chess board in a different way. Chill out about Chernev? Already in the first game we are left with a position that is ” winning for white “. Many readers prefer to use a standard regulation board as the first board, and a much smaller pocket-sized portable set as chese second board.

Irving Chernev Just as we give babies soft food because it requires no chewing and is easily digestible, so Chernev nourishes the infant judgment of lower-level chessplayers with easy, plausible rules fhernev guide their faltering footsteps. His goal is to explain what each player was thinking while making his move. He acts like playing h3 to prevent a pin is shattering the kingside.

Tim Hanke is a U. Amateurs should also use this approach. My only warning would be that the impressionable student should be gently reminded by a friend or mentor that most of the rules and principles Chernev so dogmatically states do not actually have any consistent validity in real-world chess, so that the book should be looked at as a way to get started thinking about positions, not as a reliable guideline to what chess is really about.


I played through this many years ago. The second board serves as the “jumping off” point to look at other possibilities. First, the analyses are sometimes not complete or contain slight errors. Nunn’s book “Grandmaster Chess move by move” harshly critizes chernev’s.

We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. When describing a move similar to one previously described, most books do not repeat the analysis previously given. Not technical – but not condescending either. Everyone has unique interests, strengths, and weaknesses as a chess player. I had heard of games leaving impressions on people before, but after playing chess more than 40 years, it had never happened to me.

Chess is a games of rules and exceptions, not just rules. It is most likely that they can’t form plans of attack yet! You would benefit from reading them both, simply start with Chernev then finish with Nunn in that way any corrections that are required to the way you reason about chess theory can be correct by the modern theory in Nunn’s book.

It also has to be said that some of Chernev’s advice is a tad suspect.

More About Irving Chernev’s Logical Chess, Move by Move – The Chess Improver

It comes highly recommended by chess instructors. Description Having learnt the basic moves, how exactly should a player improve?

Illustrates effective middle-game plans. I know Chernev wasn’t super high rated but I also know the book is recommended by many. He also throws in humor every so often irvint keep the interest of the reader, because chess can quickly turn into a boring game if treated dryly.


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Chefnev makes me read the book with caution and slight paranoia. I would say it’s for anyone with a rating of up to or so. When I ended up on the Czech border with the Cav in the early 70’s, the king’s pawn was the universal opening. OTOH he does h It’s nice to have a book that explains games move by move.

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Logical Chess: Move by Move by Irving Chernev

Chernev is a great teacher, and gives his lessons clearly in a pleasant, easy to read manner that just flows. Describing every move chese a great idea in principle, but it does get a little wearisome having to read about 1. Email Chsrnev, but never shown. Chess Beginners who know the basic rules.

Yes, there is a fair amount of repetition, because that is how many of us learn. Jan 09, Jacob Hurley rated it really liked it Shelves: The open games in the first half are very entertaining, but the second half contains too many Queen Gambits.

Perfect for my current level.

Tim Hanke Tim Hanke is a U. The author can better relate to the reader and provide them the sort of insight that may be lost on stronger players. I would have also had time to play over the games again and again. That’s not irvibg much of a problem when it comes to the tactics, because tactics never go out of fashion. Since the book was written decades before I was born, I wish I had seen it when I was My other complaint is variety. This is a great book for beginners. Feb 9, 9.