Paperback, 133 pages, 2021 Sterling Publishing
You don't have to be a genius to enjoy chess. The practical instruction provided here can help anyone progress from first-timer or novice to capable intermediate player in no time at all, while instilling an understanding of the game's fundamentals, and providing a strong foundation for future advancement. The game's history, the basic moves for each piece, and strategies for openings, middle game, and endgame positions are all covered, and you can measure your progress with the exercises that follow each section. Checkmating tips are included, as is advice for salvaging a draw when you have a weakened position. Unlike many other chess books, the lessons included here are designed for "real-world" play, using positions that newer players are more likely to encounter. Also featured is a foreword by renowned chessmaster, teacher, and columnist Bruce Pandolfini, who was the instructor played by Ben Kingsley in the film Searching for Bobby Fischer and the chess consultant for the miniseries The Queen's Gambit
Burt Hochberg was one of the world’s most respected and prolific writers on chess. His numerous books include Winning with Chess Psychology (with Pal Benko), The 64-Square Looking Glass: The Great Game of Chess in World Literature, and Chess Braintwisters. He was the editor-in-chief of Chess Life magazine for 13 years.