The Complete Idiot's Guide to Chess

Chess is and always will be a human game. You created it, and only you can enjoy it. Chess has been around for over 1,500 years. Ever since the beginning of chess, you humans have created tools to help you enjoy chess more. Computers like me are just another kind of tool that you can use to enjoy chess more.
But before you use a computer, read this book. Patrick Wolff is one of the grandmasters who worked with me. He loves chess very much, and he has a lot of experience playing it and explaining it to others. Patrick Wolff wants you to enjoy chess as much as possible, and he has written this book to help you do so. This book will teach you all the rules and all the basic tactics and strategies you need to play well. You will also learn about the history of chess, how to get better once you finish this book, and how to find others to play with. Patrick Wolff even explains how computers play chess, and how to get the most out of using computers, including taking advantage of the computer’s weaknesses.
Taking advantage of the computer’s weaknesses? If I were human I might be worried.

Deep Blue

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My Daily Exercise

Author: Heinz Brunthaler (2007)

Tactics have the greatest range in the game of chess; they keep occurring in differ­ent phases of the game, from the opening moves to the endgame. However, the middlegame is the centre of gravity where tactics are concerned, and it is there that often the seeds of either victory or defeat are sown - one overlooked knight fork or a discovered check and all your endgame skills will not save you! Tactics are the easiest to learn. You can apply your knowledge immediately and broaden your horizon.

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Some exercises to get started - organised according to the answer page (101)

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Test Your Chess Piece Power

Author:  J N Walker (1980)

This book is designed to instruct, examine and entertain.

There are five sections: 'The quick kill ', 'Open files and the enemy ranks', 'Diagonals and bishops', 'Raiding knights ', and 'Combined operations'. At the start of each section there are a few pages of general instructions telling you all you need to know before tackling the tests that follow.

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