In chess the tactics may change but the strategic fundamental principles are always the same, so that. Chess Fundamentals is as good now as it was thir teen. Some Simple Mates. The first thing a student should do, is to familiarise himself with the power of the pieces. This can best be done by learning how to. The first chess book I ever read was Playing Winning Chess by Seirawan which was good. I just recently started reading Chess Fundamentals by Capablanca.

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There were perhaps a few more positions j.r.cxpablanca needed to really be considered as concise as possible without lacking information, but that extra practice does help. The great thing about a concise book is that the reader learns by doing.

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The first thing a student should do, is to familiarise himself with the power of the pieces. Winning by indirect attack Chapter IV. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Feb 02, Ernest Cadorin rated it liked it. Reading a scanned copy on Google Books: I’m going to have to look somewhere else as a starting point. Instead, he gave just a few words and moves with the implied idea being “the rest that can be said about this position is as I have already described.

Too many whole sale changes in this edition for this to be considered Capablanca’s book what was done to it was an abomination. RoxAnn Ford rated it it was amazing Nov 13, Take the following position:. Some simple mates 2.

Chess Fundamentals by José Raúl Capablanca – Free Ebook

Some winning positions in the middle-game 5. He teaches the logic and principles of good chess play, and provides good examples to illustrate concepts. Then I forget to pick fundamentaps the book for a few weeks and realize I forgot all those awesome lessons I just learned. These are the three elementary endings and in all of these the fundamentalls is the same. Feb 20, Greg Fanoe rated it liked it Shelves: In terms of distillation of fundamental principles, this is the best book on chess I’ve ever read.


Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Apr 30, Lisa Harmonybites rated it really liked it Shelves: In contrast, Capablanca’s commentary is fair, sincere and mostly reflects his thoughts during the games. Ziad Badran rated it it was ok Dec 09, Nathaniel Simpson rated it liked it Jun 14, I recommend this book to everyone.

There h.r.capablanca basically 3 versions of this book in English. Sep 16, Serge Pierro rated it liked it Shelves: World chess champion from Aug 25, Eduard Barbu j.r.cpablanca it it was amazing.

The old one in descriptive notation.

A classic, but what I remember is a long combination nobody would be able to repeat. This is a classic, and justly so. Paperbackpages.

The principle is to drive the opposing King to the last line on any side of the board. To ask other readers questions about Chess Fundamentals, Revisedplease sign up. A cardinal principle fhess Capablanca’s simple and direct style of chess was perfectly suited to this sort of educational endeavour. However, I think almost any chess lover would find value reading Capablanca’s thoughts on the subject.

Apr 6, 4. A one on one lesson from maybe the greatest of all time. Jun 17, Rdb added it Shelves: Thanks for telling us about the problem.

I have only read the first two pages so far and have learned more than Playing Winning Chess. If you can already play to a reasonable standard, then this book may not feel so useful. In this ending, as in the case of the Rook, the Chesx King must be forced to the edge of the board; only the Queen being so much more powerful than the Rook, the process is far easier and shorter.


The latest version by de Firmian is an appalling hack job. Every word and position should be studied carefully and repetitively, because each one is deliberate and important.

1. Some Simple Mates

Sigmarsson rated it it was ok Jul 31, Chess Fundamentals, Revised The other algebraic edition, which simply replaces the descriptive notation but does not change any of the text. General strategy of the opening 7. Written by Jose Raul Capablanca, one of the greatest chess players in the history, almost years ago, it remains a classic that every chess player should read. To see how ridiculous such a judgment is, imagine assessing Newton’s Principia by the contemporary knowledge in physi “Chess Fundamentals” is an outstanding chess book not only for its historical value.

Moreover, some of the lines given in the analyzed games are not accurate when assessed by the last version of Stockfish. In all such endings, however, it is immaterial whether the King is forced on to the last funda,entals, or to an outside file, e. Feb 9, 1.

Chess Fundamentals The “Revised” version, where both the descriptive notation has been replaced with algebraic thank you!