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Pandolfini's Ultimate Guide to Chess


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Prologue: Chess, The Universal Game

Lesson 1: In the Beginning

The Moves and Rules

Lesson 2: Arming for Attack

Non-mating Tactics

Lesson 3: Defining the Goal

Mating Patterns

Lesson 4: Terms of Engagement

The Elements

Lesson 5: Staking out Territory

Opening Principles and the First Move

Lesson 6: Establishing the Neutral Zone

Black's Response

Lesson 7: Determining Priorities

Development and the Center

Lesson 8: Starting the Campaign

Comparing Minor Pieces

Lesson 9: Digging the Trenches

Trades, Pins, and More on Minor Pieces

Lesson 10: Accumulating Advantages

Pawn Play and Weaknesses

Lesson 11: Forming Plans

Doubled Pawns, Castling, and Open Lines

Lesson 12: Evaluating and Calculating

The Middlegame, Exchange Values, How to Analyze

Lesson 13: Breaking Through

Strategy and Tactics, the Importance of Material, Avoiding Errors

Lesson 14: The Beginning of the End

Endgame Principles, Centralization, the Active King, and Pawn Promotion

Lesson 15: Approaching the Goal

The Passed Pawn and Pawn Majorities

Lesson 16: All Good Things Come to an End

The Seventh Rank, Invasion, and Simplification

Epilogue: Chess = mc2

Appendix 1: Glossary

Appendix 2: Opening Moves

Appendix 3: Chess on the Web

Appendix 4: World Champions

Appendix 5: Significant Dates in Chess History

Appendix 6: Quotes

Appendix 7: Chess in Movies and Books

Appendix 8: The Most Famous Chess Game of All Time




About the Author

Bruce Pandolfini is one of the world's most sought-after chess teachers and one of the most widely read chess writers working today. His role as analyst for PBS's coverage of the 1972 match between chess superstars Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky first launched him into the public eye. His coaching of chess prodigy Josh Waitzkin was portrayed in the book and film Searching for Bobby Fischer. He is a regular columnist for Chess Life, the bible of the chess world, and continues to coach young players professionally and consults for CEOs from numerous Fortune 500 companies. Pandolfini also created over 300 hypothetical games as a consultant for Netflix's The Queen's Gambit. He lives in New York City.

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