The Macmillan Handbook of Chess Author:I. A. Horowitz, Fred Reinfeld Unique Among Chess books, this handbook covers every aspect of the game. Here in one handly volume are the answers to a myraid of questions which are constantly asked by players of every rank - from the greenest beginner to the seasoned veteran. — I. A. Horowitz and Fred Reinfeld are experts. They have had experience in the toughest kind of tourn... more »ament competition, and for years they have studied the game's finer points. Their particular aim in this manual has been to give a thorough and concise treatment of subjects that are only partially covered in other books.
The Macmillan Handbook of Chess takes up the game from the very first move: defines the values and characteristics of each of the pieces; explains the game in precise, non-technical language. Even players with some experience have been known to ask such questions as: What is the penalty for an illegal move? Must you move a piece if you touch it? The Macmillan Handbook of Chess settles all arguments, for it includes the only authorized translation of the latest rules of the International Chess Federation.
for inexperienced players the authors' full explanation of chess notation is particularly valuable, since a knowledge of this written language of chess is essential to a real appreciation of chess tactics.
Everyone likes to win. Here is a clear exposition of basic maxims for the opening, middle game and endgame; tactical motifs, such as the "fork" and the "pin"; all the fascinating maneuvers which are part of the infinite variety of chess. Over 150 diagrams serve to clarify the moves and situations described.
For the thousands of genuine fanatics of the game, The Macmillan Handbook of Chess is nothing less than indispensable.« less