The Art of Chess
by James Mason
Publisher: Horace Cox 1905
Number of pages: 485
This book is a classic of chess. It is really a complete reference of all aspect of the game and suitable for beginners and casual players. Combinations are analyzed and presented in a clear and practical way, making it easier to discover patterns and see moves ahead more clearly.
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by Franklin Knowles Young - Little, Brown, and Company
Written in 1898, the stated purpose of this book is to elucidate those processes upon which every ruse, trick, artifice, and strategem known in chessplay, is founded; consequently, this treatise is devoted to teaching the student how to win ...
by Henry Edward Bird
This work is but a condensation of a much larger one, containing the result of what can be discovered concerning the origin and history of chess, combined with some of my own reminiscences of 46 years past both of chess play and its exponents...
by Warren Wilkinson, Bill Alexander - Wikibooks
Chess does not involve chance, the outcome completely depends on the players. The book covers the basics of chess, playing and notating the game, tactics, strategy, basic openings, examples of chess games, the endgame, variants and tournaments.
The opening of a game of chess is a battle between two equally matched armies. There is no method that will secure one player a decisive advantage independent from what his opponent does. If there were, no one would play chess.