Various quotes of books on chess
Let’s begin with two newer books on the royal game, including my own book.
Beat That Kid in Chess (by Jonathan Whitcomb, 2015)
I must tell you something I’ve learned over the past half century: If your opponent has both a greater natural ability at chess and a greater drive to win, expect to lose at least a few games. [The study of chess theory will then probably help you but little.]
The Rules of Chess (by Bruce Pandolfini, 2013)
Chess is one of the most challenging – and enjoyable – games that has ever been played. It has a history that goes back over a thousand years, and there is some evidence that perhaps it is even older than that.
Practical Chess Endings (by Irving Chernev, 1961)
Fascinated by the subtle strategy to be found in pawn endings, I have included enough to satisfy the most avid student or the most ardent connoisseur. The latter will revel especially in the splendid endings by Grigoriev. [Introduction to first chapter]
Modern Chess Openings (by Nick De Firmian, 14th edition, 1999)
A chess player first starts to become serious about the game when he [or she] reads a book on chess. While his (her) first book should be a primer on general strategy, soon after the player needs to learn a few chess openings.
1001 Winning Chess Sacrifices and Combinations (by Fred Reinfeld, 1955)
The man who wrote, “Tactics is 99 percent of chess” might well have added—”and 99 percent of the fun, too!” Brilliant sacrifices and combinations, either calculated in advance or played on the spur of the moment, give us thrills that cannot be equaled by any other aspect of the game.
Learn to imagine a move, looking at the board as if the move were already made
How few instructional chess books are suitable for the early beginner, the chess player who knows the rules but little else about the game! [But this one really is for the novice.]
The above four simple principles, when applied consistently, may allow an early beginner to soon win a game, provided the opponent is also an early beginner.
I was hoping to exchange bishops at this point in the game. My opponent’s pieces are too active for my taste.