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Chess Strategy   By: (1885-1981)

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Edward Lasker's Chess Strategy is a must-read for anyone seeking to deepen their understanding of the complexities of chess. With a wealth of knowledge and expertise, Lasker delves into the strategic principles that govern this timeless game.

From the very beginning, Lasker captivates readers with his clear and concise explanations. He takes concepts that often seem daunting and breaks them down into digestible pieces, allowing readers to grasp even the most intricate strategies. Whether you are a novice player or a seasoned veteran, Lasker's approachable writing style ensures that his wisdom resonates with readers of all skill levels.

One of the most impressive aspects of this book is Lasker's ability to fully illustrate each strategy through real-life games. By presenting games from renowned chess players, he provides practical examples that not only reinforce the theory but also allow readers to see these strategies in action. This hands-on approach not only adds depth to the book but also ensures that readers truly absorb the material.

Throughout the book, Lasker covers a wide range of topics, including pawn structure, piece coordination, the art of sacrificing, and many others. His explanations are comprehensive yet easy to follow, as he effortlessly navigates between complex theories and relatable examples. Moreover, Lasker skillfully interweaves important historical context, allowing readers to appreciate the evolution of chess strategy over time.

What sets Chess Strategy apart from other books in the genre is Lasker's emphasis on critical thinking. Rather than providing step-by-step instructions, he encourages readers to develop their own analytical skills. By teaching readers how to think strategically and evaluate positions independently, Lasker ensures that his lessons transcend the book itself, empowering players to apply these principles in their own games.

Additionally, Lasker's passion for the game shines through in his writing. His enthusiasm is infectious, instilling a sense of excitement and motivation in readers. This, coupled with the book's educational value, makes it an engaging read that chess enthusiasts will thoroughly enjoy.

In summary, Edward Lasker's Chess Strategy is a remarkable book that effectively marries theory and practice. With its accessible writing style, real-life examples, and focus on critical thinking, this book offers a wealth of knowledge for chess players of all levels. Whether you're a novice looking to improve your game or a seasoned player seeking to strengthen your strategic arsenal, Lasker's insights are invaluable. Chess Strategy is undoubtedly a timeless classic that deserves a place on every chess player's bookshelf.

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The following is an e text of "Chess Strategy," second edition, (1915) by Edward Lasker, translated by J. Du Mont.

This e text contains the 167 chess and checkers board game diagrams appearing in the original book, all in the form of ASCII line drawings. The following is a key to the diagrams:

For chess pieces,

R = Rook Kt = Knight B = Bishop Q = Queen K = King P = Pawn

Black pieces have a symbol to the left of them, while white pieces have a ^ symbol to the left of them. For example, B is the Black bishop, while ^B is the white bishop. Kt is the black knight, while ^Kt is the white knight. This will let the reader instantly tell by sight which pieces in the ASCII chess diagrams are black and which are white. Those who find these diagrams hard to read should feel free to set up them up on a game board using the actual pieces.





I. Rules of the Game II. Notation


Elementary Combinations Simple Calculation Complications


Introductory Balance of Attack and Defence Mobility


Development of the Pieces On Losing Moves Examples of Practical Play Pawn Play Pawn Skeleton The Centre A... Continue reading book >>

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