All 33 games from Irving Chernev’s book Logical Chess: Move By Move (Every Move Explained), Faber & Faber ; New Algebraic Edition B.T. Batsford, . Logical Chess: Move by Move by Irving Chernev. This classic chess book of annotated games written by prolific chess author Irving Chernev explains the. My 60 Memorable Games by Bobby Fischer Logical Chess Move By Move by Irving Chernev The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal by Mikhail Tal Bobby Fischer.

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Logical Chess Move By Move: Every Move Explained New Algebraic Edition

Given the book’s original copyright, it is not surprising that the earliest game is from and the latest logival played in Chess is a games of rules and exceptions, not just rules. As a result, the games are absorbing and the lessons learned at least in my case tend to stick with the player.

As a fan of the book, I recommend it to every beginner, I’d like to point out that the book isn’t really about memorising moves.

At the time Chernev wrote his book there was no powerful chess engines and computer analysis, unlike Nunn which likely uses a lot of these tools to support the accuracy of his analysis. I first came across this book at an early logocal in my chess career, and I believe that it helped form my understanding of what chess mastery is all about. Perfect if you’re the type of player who struggles to decide on a move after the first handful, and the usefulness of the main openings e4,d4 gets consistently drilled into the reader every time a new game arises.

It is also useful, in my opinion, for players all the way up to and including national master. Feb 9, 6. P-Q4 he finds himself.

The only flaw I found in the book was that it had about 3 or 4 themes that it kept focusing on. If you like chess, this is a great book. In Logical ChessChernev himself prepares his readers for that glorious day by confessing, essentially, that ultimately there are no rules: Sometimes a simple quite move is made first that limits logcal opponent’s response, such as seizing control of an open line or blocking a backward pawn to prevent the opposing king’s escape.


Every move is explained in details along with positional analysis. Post Your Answer Discard By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policyand that your continued use of the website is subject to logucal policies.

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Reviewing this book is a bit like reviewing your Grandmother. Feb 14, Jishnu rated it it was amazing.

Mar 05, Alex Vasai rated it it was amazing. This is a classic chess book explaining every move in easy to understand words. He also throws in humor every so often to keep the interest of the reader, because chess can quickly turn into a boring game if treated dryly. Chernev is one of the best chess writers out there.

Irving Chernev: Logical Chess

Such books will teach the beginner basic patterns they must consistently recognize to win the game. The saying “One has to know the rules to break them” is applicable here. Because there are few books aimed at beginners, but which will still entertain you as you get stronger. Really he is chesss trying to direct their attention to the right topics, such as piece activity, piece coordination, king safety, time, space, squares, files, diagonals, color complexes, and so on, to furnish the empty rooms of their minds with necessary terminology and to provide a starting place for their own investigations.

While they may not be for all those who end up being grandmasters like Nunn, I think they are worthwhile to thousands like me who have continued learning this game because of their influence. If it is your first chess book, it is going to do a better job explaining basic moves than any other book.


Useful, simple and practical book! It’s a must have. I would have also had time to lofical over the games again and again. This invites a sacrifice. I remember someone pointing out that the era the games are from makes them easier to umderstand than some more modern games. It helps you understand the strategies and thought processes behind the masters of the game.

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When I left 2 years later, Queen’s pawn was all anybody played. Mark all topics as READ. View all 17 comments. Feb 9, 8.

Including the first three moves. Very good in principle but too many old-fashioned openings. Otherwise, this book imparts a fantastic vision such that novices should see their strategic vision begin to develop upon reading it. Probably the greatest chess teacher.

I found the print in this reprint to be a little light for my taste, and the diagrams a bit too small. But chhess sniff at some of the openings which feel like wind-up gramophones in an I-pad age. Just by repeating the basic principles one already memorizes and adapts them easily and I caught myself looking at a position on the chess board in a different way. Develop your pieces, don’t let them sit on the back rank. Perfect for my current level.

cherev The book occasionally sacrifices accuracy for brevity, partly as the author did not have access to a computer. I found this helpful. Many readers prefer to use a standard regulation board as the first board, and a much smaller pocket-sized portable set as the second board.

In this popular classic, the author explains 33 complete games, in detail, move by move, including the reason for each one. Tim Chees Tim Hanke is a U.