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How to Play Chess: Lessons from an International Master

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Chess is a sport, a science, and an art. The fun of the game is that anyone can play, and there is always something more to learn - especially with the right guide. From the basics of the game to advanced strategy and tactics, and everything in between, these 24 lectures are any chess enthusiast's opportunity to enhance your understanding of the game. After grounding you in the rules of chess, International Chess Master Jeremy Silman offers strategic insight into openings and endgames, shows you typical pitfalls to avoid, and examines an array of famous gambits, positions, defenses, mates, and more. Amateurs and professionals alike can unlock new secrets, discover fresh patterns, and sharpen their skills. Amateurs will learn where to begin, how all the pieces move, which pieces are more valuable than others, and the key "rookie mistakes" to avoid. Seasoned players will learn when the en passant rule applies, how to make more effective combinations, how pawn structure points toward the best next move, and the possibility of securing a checkmate with just a king and a pawn. Whether you're a chess novice or a long-time player, these lectures will help you see the game in a whole new way. Striking examples from some of the most famous - and infamous - matches in history offer a wealth of strategic insight. You'll also explore the game's history and meet some noted and flamboyant players, from André Philidor to Bobby Fischer to Garry Kasparov. With his deep knowledge of chess history and the chess community, Mr. Silman also gives you an insider's take on many of the more intriguing aspects of the game, including simultaneous exhibitions, blindfolded chess, computers, and chess engines. Discover the full romance and joy of the game, and learn to approach any chess match or strategic thinking challenge with confidence.

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