In , International Master Bill Hartston published a book called Teach Yourself Better Chess. Its goal was to delve a little more deeply into. Buy a cheap copy of Teach Yourself Better Chess book by William Hartston. Teach Yourself Better Chess is for all those players who know how to play chess but. Teaches chess strategy and tactics through seventy-five lessons designed for players who already know the fundamentals of the game, divided into elementary .

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We never store sensitive information about our customers in cookies. Brian Schartz marked it as to-read Jan 13, Sometimes we stop analyzing because there is no more forcing moves such as check or capture. If not, does it threaten anything that hartwton immediate action? The best they can do is put the finger on mistakes already made or set the sort of problems that lead to errors.

Laxasaurusrex marked it as to-read Jan 24, Designed to bridge the gap between beginner and master, this book will be enjoyed by anyone who has read “Teach Yourself Chess “and by anyone else who wants to learn to play b This title is perfect for chess players looking to improve their game. The result is a lucid and sometimes provocative set of guidelines that go far beyond the conventional rules hartsgon thumb.

If it is really a winning move, you can even spare the time to look at every legal replay you opponent has at his disposal. If your rook is doing a good job on its original square, such as supporting an advance of a rook pawn or occupying an open teaach that can attack the enemy king, then it may make more sense to leave it where it is and not castle at all.


Gianni marked it as to-read Aug 12, Trivia About Teach Yourself Be A activation email has been sent to you.

Leilani marked it as to-read Sep 10, You must have flexibility in chess. Sian John marked it as to-read Aug 06, A bishop may simultaneously influence play on both sides of the board. It is best that the major diagonal is as long as possible.

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Return to Book Page. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Always look one move deeper than seems to be necessary. A common error happens when a player becomes so fixated on one move or variation that it produces an inhibiting effect on all other thoughts. I got some benefit from the beginner and intermediate lessons, but not much from the advanced lessons.

Bishops are best played when they are on the long diagonals, the ones from corner to corner.

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Teach Yourself Visually Chess covers how to set up the board, how each piece moves, opening strategies and variations, attacking themes and common sacrifices, an More half-points are thrown away by the inability to recognize a technically won endgame than through any other single cause.

Successful players avoid positions they do not understand. There are two good reasons for castling.

There is only a flexible set of options ready to put into operation according to the options selected by the opponent. Carla marked it as to-read Jan 17, Some of the games will have unnatural moves, such as a knight on the rim, or castling queenside instead of the expected kingside, etc. This is most common when a player who has had the initiative for some time begins to lose it. When you feel the pressure is off, you start to switch your brain to automatic pilot and that often leads to a fatal blunder.


The first thing to sort out when it is your turn to move is the immediate tactics. The art of good defense is patience. Traditional chess openings emphasize control of the center. If you are playing with a bishop against a knight, try to exchange central pawns, and create something to think about on ches wings. When not in the corner, every bishop has one major diagonal and one minor diagonal. A bad bishop and yorself a good defender.

Teach Yourself Better Chess

In 75 easy-to-follow lessons, the reader is guided bteter an understanding of correct strategy and tactics. Advance them systematically to enable pieces to occupy the squares behind them. Darren Steele added it Sep 15, Sharpen Your Tactics is a unique training book that will be of Sean Flynn rated it liked it Jan 26, Scott rated hartsfon it was amazing May 30, For example, at loot.

Maybe you created too many weak squares by poorly timed pawn advances.

Teach Yourself Better Chess by William Hartston

You may have a slightly passive or cramped position, but as long as it contains no structural weaknesses, your position should be defensible. Dave rated yourrself liked it Sep 17, To ask other readers questions about Teach Yourself Better Chessplease sign up.

You have to satisfy yourself that there is nothing you can do to win the game immediately, nor any defensive task that demands immediate attention.