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Thought and Choice in Chess by Adriaan D. de Groot Book Summary:
Annotation. What does a chessmaster think when he prepartes his next move? How are his thoughts organized? Which methods and strategies does he use by solving his problem of choice? To answer these questions, the author did an experimental study in 1938, to which famous chessmasters participated (Alekhine, Max Euwe and Flohr). This book is still usefull for everybody who studies cognition and artificial intelligence. This title can be previewed in Google Books - http://books.google.com/books?vid=ISBN9789053569986.
Simple Chess by Michael Stean Book Summary:
Written by a Grand Master, this guide isolates basic elements and illustrates them through Master and Grand Master games, breaking down the mystique of strategy into easy-to-understand ideas. More than a lesson in fundamentals, it illustrates the value of acquiring small, permanent advantages and saving the attack for later.
Chess Results, 1956-1960 by Gino Di Felice Book Summary:
This comprehensive chronological reference work lists the results of men's chess competitions all over the world--individual and team matches, 1956 through 1960. Entries record location and, when available, the group that sponsored the event. First and last names of players are included whenever possible and are standardized for easy reference. Compiled from contemporary sources such as newspapers, periodicals, tournament records and match books, this work contains 1,390 tournament crosstables and 142 match scores. It is indexed by events and by players.
How to Solve Chess Problems by Kenneth S. Howard Book Summary:
58 two-move problems, 46 three-movers, and eight four-movers composed during the last 30 years and illustrative of the best work of 27 outstanding American problem composers. The author has included practical suggestions for solving each problem, an explanation of common terms and an exhaustive index. Invaluable for any player, even beginners interested in problems.
Blindfold Chess by Eliot Hearst,John Knott Book Summary:
For centuries, blindfold chess—the art of playing without sight of the board or pieces—has produced some of the greatest feats of human memory, progressing to the extent that the world record in 2009 was 45 [and is now 46] simultaneous blindfold games. This work describes the personalities and achievements of some of blindfold chess’s greatest players—including Philidor, Morphy, Blackburne, Zukertort, Pillsbury, Reti, Alekhine, Koltanowski, Najdorf and Fine, as well as present-day grandmasters such as Anand and Kramnik. Including some never before published, 444 games scores are presented, peppered with diagrams and annotations. Hints for playing blindfold, and its practical value, are also included.
The Minor Tactics of Chess by Franklin K. Young Book Summary:
In this contribution (originally published in 1894) to the literature of chess the authors have attempted to present the elements of a new theory of play. They have confined themselves, in the main, to the exposition of that part of the system which governs the opening of a game; by suggestion, however, if not by definite statement, they hope to have laid before the reader at least the spirit of the complete theory.Leibnitz pronounced chess an exact science, Petroff placed it on a level with the integral calculus, and the great Anderssen declared that its intricacies were more abstruse than the most profound mathematics; the authors of the new theory, agreeing with this trio of distinguished scholars, are tempted to go still further, and to assert, even at the peril of being considered somewhat visionary, not only that chess is a real science, but that it may not unreasonably be regarded as symbolical of the supreme science, the science of force. If this be true, the study of chess may profitably engage the attention of the ablest intellects. Those persons who make light of the wooden puppets that run over the surface of the chess board should recollect that a frame of wires strung with wooden balls was the familiar companion of the earlier mathematicians, that the science of logarithms was perfected by means of wooden pegs and a board pierced with holes, and that Napoleon won his victories before his battles were fought, by sticking his map of Europe full of pins surmounted by divers colored balls of sealing-wax.
Children and Chess by Alexey W. Root Book Summary:
This book helps educators and librarians prepare students to succeed in University Interscholastic League (UIL) Chess Puzzle. Children and Chess: A Guide for Educators is the first book to show the connection between accepted educational theories and chess. It features lesson plans teachers can use immediately, and from which they can learn the basics of the game. Since the plans meet academic goals through chess, teachers also learn that chess can be a part of reading, math, science, and social studies. An appendix showing how chess meets the requirements of curriculum standards is another plus. Children and Chess: A Guide for Educators is the first book to show the connection between accepted educational theories and chess. The relationship of chess to academic and humanistic educational goals is convincingly illustrated as curriculum and psychological theories from John D. McNeil, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, and Howard Gardner are outlined and applied to the question why chess? Children and Chess features lesson plans teachers can use immediately, and from which they can learn the basics of the game. Since the plans meet academic goals through chess, teachers also learn that chess can be a part of reading, math, science, and social studies. An appendix showing how chess meets the requirements of curriculum standards is another plus. Grades 4-8.
Outrageous Chess Problems by Burt Hochberg Book Summary:
"[It's] enough to drive experienced chess players to insanity, but they will enjoy the ride....The author warns the reader from the start anything goes....Buy this book...and have fun!"--Games It's outrageous and amazing and irresistible: these brainbusting chess problems are the devilish inventions of the world's greatest puzzle creators. Chess mavens won't believe what they'll find, because in these games, the usual rules just don't apply. For example, there's Billiards Chess, where pieces can carom off the board at a right angle and return. In Checkless Chess, check is an illegal move...unless it's checkmate. Refusal Chess allows a player to refuse an opponent's move and demand an alternative. There's even a variation called Collaboration, in which both sides must cooperate to achieve checkmate. And, the coup de grace: the world's hardest chess problem ever posed.
Chess Basics by Nigel Short Book Summary:
Whether you are a beginner or already know a little about chess, let International Grandmaster and world-renowned player Nigel Short show you how to play and win "the game of kings". With this ultimate introduction to the world of chess, you can acquire the basics, improve your skills, and gain valuable tips and insight from one of the masters of the game.
A Game at Chess by Thomas Middleton Book Summary:
Thomas Middleton's notorious play, A Game at Chess, provoked a scandal when it was first performed in 1624. Through a masterly use of the metaphor of chessplay, this satire of men in high places was immediately recognized. The play was performed nine times to large theater audiences before the Privy Council closed the Globe theatre. Numerous contemporary reports and official documents relating to the scandal (printed in the appendix, some for the first time ever), provide a rich content for this fascinating political play. This Revels Plays edition presents a fully-annotated text based on close analysis of the many surviving documents and editions. The play is thoroughly contextualized within contemporary politics and theatrical history.
101 Questions on How to Play Chess by Fred Wilson Book Summary:
A chess expert has distilled an enormous amount of information into an easy-to-follow, question-and-answer format that not only explains the most basic rules and essentials of play, but also offers advice on opening, combinations, middle- and end-game strategies, notation, castling, and other topics. Over 100 carefully chosen diagrams and illustrations.
Knack Chess for Everyone by Al Lawrence,Lev Alburt Book Summary:
Chess is a refreshing pastime for most players, and an all-encompassing obsession for a few. And yet much of chess literature—heavy on notation, low on useful illustrations, frustrating for the beginner—is directed at those already in the know. Knack Chess for Everyone provides an alternative: a clear, understandable, and fun entry into chess that doesn’t ignore the complexities and challenges. Photographs of actual game boards, often paired with a diagram, represent the perspective of the player looking at the pieces. The book clearly explains the rules of play and movement of pieces, and then gradually introduces various tactics and strategies.
How Not to Play Chess by Eugene A. Znosko-Borovsky,Evgeni? Aleksandrovich Znosko-Borovski?,Fred Reinfeld Book Summary:
One of the outstanding chess expositors of the 20th century presents the basis of analysis in a disarmingly simple way. Sticking to a few well-chosen examples, he shows how to avoid playing a hit-or-miss game from move to move and instead develop a general plan of action based on positional analysis. Includes 20 problems from master games.
107 Great Chess Battles, 1939-1945 by Alexander Alekhine Book Summary:
One of the game's greatest players annotates scores of fascinating games involving Capablanca, Bogoljubov, Keres, Reshevsky, others. Included are many of Alekhine's own games, plus candid commentary on fellow masters, rivals.
Chess and Machine Intuition by George W. Atkinson Book Summary:
Through an overview of machine chess, a history of the game and a discussion on human intuition, machine intuition, and current concepts and their creators, this text aims to increase the readers' appreciation of their own minds, as well as computers.
The Great Chess Game by Winner Torborg Book Summary:
Revised. Since the creation of man the game of chess has been played in one form or another. There have always been two sides, the side of good (God's team) and the side of evil, not good (the devil's team). God and the devil have been "playing a chess tournament" ever since God created the first man and the Lucifer went sour. In this book you can see how to be a better chess piece for the Lord's team, whether you are a pawn or a queen.
Key Chess Puzzles by Robert J. Richey Book Summary:
This book "Key Chess Puzzles, Sacrificial Chess" consists of 60 chess puzzles. Of these 20 can be solved in 2 moves; 28 can be solved in 3 moves; 8 can be solved in 4 moves and finally 4 puzzles are swap down puzzles. To simplify the search for a Solution in many of the puzzles the Player playing the Black pieces does not have a first move. White must provide such a move. This book is intended to be Instructional as well as entertaining. Each puzzle is accompanied with an extensive analysis to convey the mental process that an experienced player follows in achieving Check Mate, Also included in the book is a list of all of the Men who have held the Title of World Chess Champion. Also details of these individual's lives are also included as a matter of interest. It is this writer's fervent hope that any reader who happens to pick up this book and reads enjoys it and learns something important about the game at the same time.
Chess Thinking by Bruce Pandolfini Book Summary:
A first-of-its-kind encyclopedia for chess players, this volume features detailed explanations and invaluable illustrations for new chess players, those intent on improving their games, and anyone who needs to brush up on both the basics and more advanced play. 140 detailed illustrations.
Eminent Victorian Chess Players by Tim Harding Book Summary:
This book portrays British chess life in the nineteenth century through biographical studies of ten players who shaped the modern game. From Captain Evans, inventor of the famous gambit, to Isidor Gunsberg, England's first challenger for the world championship, personal narratives are blended with game annotations to reassess players' achievements and character. The author has combined deep reading in primary sources with genealogical research to reveal new facts and correct previous misunderstandings. Major chapters on Howard Staunton and William Steinitz, in particular, highlight the tensions between Englishmen and immigrants, amateurs and professionals. The contrasting long careers of Henry Bird and Joseph Blackburne provide a thread of continuity. The lives of several other important figures in Victorian chess are also presented. More than 160 games (with diagrams), several annotated in detail, and 50 photographs and line drawings are included. Appendices provide career records for all ten; there are extensive notes, a bibliography and indexes.