The Complete Chess Course
From Beginning to Winning Chess!
by Fred Reinfeld
Publisher: Russell Enterprises, 2016
Edition: Paperback medium
21st Century Edition
Generations of chess players have grown up on Fred Reinfeld’s books. He has a way of reducing the most intricate, complicated combinations to their basic components. After Reinfeld explains a combination, it makes sense.
Reinfeld not only taught us how to play the game well, but also implanted in us his enthusiastic passion for learning. His books are peppered throughout with words and phrases in italics to emphasize ideas. Moves are punctuated with single, double, and even triple exclamation marks and question marks to span the entire spectrum of emotions the moves conjure up.
The Complete Chess Course is filled with advice on how to play better chess, regardless of how strong or weak a player you may be. It begins with the most fundamental ideas, reviewing the basic moves of the pieces and pawns, and continues with fantastic examples from the very best players.
You are taken through a full course of chess strategy and tactics; he introduces us to the nine bad moves and how to refute them as well as how to avoid making them.
You learn how to handle the white pieces and how to fight back with the black pieces. You get a much-needed lesson on how to win the game when you have gained a big advantage, and another, equally important lesson on how to put up the stiffest resistance when in an inferior position.
You get treated to a full spectrum of the many ways to make the most of whatever position you get in one of the best chapters of any book: Book Six on How to Fight Back. Reinfeld guides you through some master games, revealing the secrets of their struggles to overcome strong resistance.
These secrets include how to meet the crisis; how to simplify; and the point of no return.
Finally, you are treated to an introduction to the major openings, including what to strive for in gambits, classical structures, hypermodern structures, as well as off beat lines. Hint: play to control the center and develop your pieces.
Absorb the material included in this volume and you will play chess at a fairly high level.