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A First Book of Morphy

213 Seiten, kartoniert, Trafford, 1. Auflage 2004.

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"Paul Morphy was one of the greatest chessplayers of all time, and his games are still worthy of study. In this book, the author analyzes many wonderful Morphy games and crystallizes them into a set of principles for the opening, middlegame, and endgame."

- Grandmaster Patrick Wolff, two-time U.S. chess Champion, author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Chess

"For the first years of play, any player must learn, rediscover, and understand the basic ideas and fundamentals of chess that are clearly illustrated by the masters. This book highlights some of the most important principles any chessplayer should know, and provides games illustrating each idea in its raw form."

- Grandmaster Tal Shaked, former world junior chess Champion

A First Book of Morphy illustrates the teachings of three great players with games played by the first American chess Champion, Paul Morphy. Morphy was the first known genius at chess, whose games were first to show the relationship between the attack and the positional features of center control, development, and king safety.

Reuben Fine was one of the two best players in the United States in the 1930s and '40s. Fine's textbook Chess the Easy Way distilled 400 years of accumulated chess wisdom into 30 principles, 10 each for the opening, middlegame, and endgame. A First Book of Morphy presents more than 60 of Morphy's games to illustrate those rules.

Cecil John Seddon Purdy, the editor of Chess World magazine, was an unparalleled chess teacher for novice and intermediate players, explaining the basics of winning chess in pithy, memorable words. The games selected for A First Book of Morphy demonstrate Morphy's constant search for moves that exemplified Purdy's most fundamental instructions.


Sprache Englisch
Autor Del Rosario, Frisco
Verlag Trafford
Auflage 1.
Medium Buch
Gewicht 300 g
Breite 15 cm
Höhe 22,7 cm
Seiten 213
ISBN-10 1412039061
ISBN-13 9781412039062
Erscheinungsjahr 2004
Einband kartoniert


007 Introduction

011 Part 1: The Opening

013 Open with a center pawn

021 Develop with threats

029 Develop knights before bishops

035 Don't move the same piece twice if you can help it

039 Make as few pawn moves as possible

045 Don't bring your queen out too early

049 Castle as soon as possible, preferably on the kingside

055 Play to get control of the center

063 Try to maintain at least one pawn in the center

067 Don't sacrifice without a clear and adequate reason

077 Part 2: The Middlegame

079 Have all your moves fit into a definite plan

089 When you are ahead in material, exchange as many pieces as possible, especially queens

095 Avoid doubled, isolated, and backward pawns

109 In cramped positions, free yourself by exchanging

113 Don't expose your king while the enemy queen is still on the board

119 All combinations are based on a double attack

123 When your opponent has one or more pieces exposed, look for a combination

127 To attack the enemy king, you must first open a file (or less often a diagonal) to gain access for your heavy pieces

135 Centralize the action of all your pieces

143 The best defense is a counterattack

147 Part 3: The Endgame

149 To win without pawns, you must be a rook or two minor pieces ahead

153 The king must be active in the ending

157 Passed pawns must be pushed

161 The easiest endings to win are pure pawn endings

169 If you are only one pawn ahead, trade pieces but not pawns

175 Don't place pawns on the same color squares as your bishop

183 A bishop is better than a knight in all but blocked pawn positions

189 It is worth a pawn to get a rook on the seventh rank

199 Rooks belong behind passed pawns

207 Blockade passed pawns with the king

212 Bibliography

212 Openings Index

213 Player Index

A First Book of Morphy