The Major Tactics of Chess
by Franklin Knowles Young
Publisher: Little, Brown, and Company 1898
Number of pages: 308
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 hostile pieces, to queen his pawns, and to checkmate the adverse king. All the processes are determinate, and if the opponent becomes involved in any one of them, he should lose the game.
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by James Mason - Horace Cox
This book 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 practical way, making it easier to discover patterns and see moves ahead more clearly.
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.
by Jose Raul Capablanca - Harcourt, Brace and Co.
This is the masterpiece by World Chess Champion Jose Raul Capablanca. Chess Fundamentals, though normally for the beginning player, contains valuable insights that will benefit players at all levels of understanding, including masters.
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.