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derouin 55 ( +1 | -1 )
Great Chess Book! Hello everyone. This post is for the beginners/indermediate chess players out there.

I bought a book called:
'How To Win in The Chess Openings'
by I.A. Horowitz
3 times USA Open Champ; former chess editor of the New York Times.

It has/is helping me greatly improve my game.

Instead of presenting TONS of openings to memorize, (which may be great for someone more advanced than me, but I am not advanced) Horowitz goes into great detail about the principles of opening play, and he presents about 9 openings in great detail.

Fantastic book!
silverwolfwsc 1 ( +1 | -1 )
how are the moves annotated?
drgandalf 82 ( +1 | -1 )
I am glad you are improving your chess through this book. Horowitz was one of the premiere American chess authors in his day. His writings are in descriptive notation (P-K4).

At your level of current play, you may wish to become solid in your endings knowledge. Most authors overload the student at your level with too much content. I have written a book, Practical Endgame Weapons, Volume One, which gives the absolute basics for practical chess up to about 1400 rating. The book goes in great detail in explaining each "landmark" in the ending, and provides the student with memory devises to help in actual games.

I would think the Horowitz book and my book together would provide you with the capacity to rise to 1400 in a year's time.

Contact me for more details.
derouin 48 ( +1 | -1 )
drgandalf Yes that descriptive notation is quite different than the notation that I see everywhere else.

Is it the case that descriptive notation is an old style and algebraic (I think that is what it is called) notation is modern?

Nevertheless, I LOVE the book! GREAT instruction. I like reading about theory rather than memorizing lines (obviously an advanced player would be the reverse).

Anyway, drgandalf I will send you a message in regards to your book!
macheide 36 ( +1 | -1 )
derouin Dear friend,

I am going to recommend you only two more books, just to begin, but if you study them your Chess level is going to grow:

a) "Logical Chess, Move by Move" by Irving Chernev.

b) "Combinations: The Heart of Chess" by Irving Chernev too.

You can buy them in or or

Hopefuly you enjoy them.


derouin 35 ( +1 | -1 )
Thanks! Thanks! I most definetely want to keep the books to a minimum!

When I was younger I got TONS of judo books-- you just have to do it! Now that I'm older I just do it, and do it, etc. Kinda like chess, but books are necessary I think for rapid improvement.

I'm going to get drgndalf's book and I'll check out the other two! The Combinations book sounds most useful!