Chess: Master the Ancient Game of Chess!

Learn Basic Tactics, Openings & Essential Chess Strategies
Narrated by: Frank Allen
Length: 1 hr and 42 mins
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Chess!

For hundreds of years, people have taken their armies to battle on a checkered battlefield, employing skill and patience to capture their opponent's forces. 

Chess is an ancient game that allows players to exercise their minds. With this guide, you will learn the rules of the game and how to identify and utilize each chess piece.

Whether you want to draw the game out to expand your technique or rapidly conquer your opponent to a swift defeat, this book will teach you how to understand and plan your next move. It will teach you how to anticipate and counter the moves of your opponent. 

It all begins with the opening game - deciding whether to begin with a Ruy Lopez opening, Slav Defense, or many more. There are multiple options to consider. Foreseeing the opening moves of your opponent helps to setup a counter play and stop them in there tracks. With the dozens of popular methods described in this book, you will have no trouble making your first move. It will guide you through to the end of the game. 

From pawns to kings, explore the ancient world of chess with this beginner's guide to tactics and strategies, and become a master of the board.  

Here is a preview of what is explained:

  • The chessboard
  • The chessmen
  • The rules of chess
  • Popular chess openings
  • Chess tactics and strategies
  • Playing the end game
  • Common mistakes made in chess
  • And much, much more! 

Get your copy, and start listening today!

©2018 Eduard Tanner (P)2018 Eduard Tanner
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Excellent book

Excellent book on the history of chess. I learned a lot. Now I don't quite think that it's paid as important a role in the history of the modern world as the author asserts. If there wasn't chess there may have been GO or other games to take its the place. The human condition requires such games to exist.

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Detailing the Game of Kings

This book was excellent in detailing the development of the ancient game of chess. It begins with ancient Persian roots as an Islamic game that traveled throughout the known world influencing kings and countries. The book is more than a history lesson, it is a lesson into the dynamic effect of chess on culture, science, and human reasoning. The history is told through interesting anecdotes. Throughout the book, the author details the moves of the "immortal game." This is one of the most famous games in history. It was an 1800's century battle of tactics. It was the romantic style of chess perfected. The book details the four historic periods of chess and the style of play in each. Also, the book quickly highlights some of the movement changing players throughout history. This book was an excellent read for those who love this "game of kings."

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This is a wonderful read.

The story of chess's origins and influence on so many global leaders throughout history is fascinating. Eduard Tanner 'chessploits' were particularly interesting. I was intrigued by the author's exploration of what chess does to the psyche. The game analysis is well written and accessible to relatively early stage chess players. The Immortal Game would appeal to anyone interested in history and strategy. For those of us who are newly addicted to this amazing game, this is a wonderful read.

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If you are curious about chess

The game analysis is well written and accessible to relatively early stage chess players. The Immortal Game would appeal to anyone interested in history and strategy. For those of us who are newly addicted to this amazing game, this is a wonderful read.

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Check it out.

As a chess player and traveler (To move or not to move, is the question!) this book gives you a solid historical perspective on the development of the great game. Curiosity drove me quickly through the book discovering new fascinating facts from geography to social and political systems. The metaphors are all there and Eduard did his homework. It's presented in an easy mix of famous games, basic instruction, and chess insight. Check it out.

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The Immortal game is most fantastic!

The Immortal Game is the most fantastic! Being both an avid chess player and squirmy book worm, I found myself supplied with the perfect balance to sate my silent loves as well as some other very pressing needs. I am a just-out-of-college schmo living in Brooklyn with too many roommates who are all searching for work, inspiration and that special meaning to make all the debt seem worthwhile. Over the two days that it took me to devour this book, I found myself quoting its many metaphors, anecdotes, and eloquent insights to aid in more angsty arguments than I'd like to admit myself involved in. This book is as enjoyable as it is useful.

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"The Immortal Game," has been very helpful to my students, and to me personally. I think you have written an excellent book, and even though I have played and taught others to play chess for many years, I gleaned quite a bit of new information from it. Thank you for writing this book!

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Check it out.

As a chess player and traveler (To move or not to move, is the question!) this book gives you a solid historical perspective on the development of the great game. Curiosity drove me quickly through the book discovering new fascinating facts from geography to social and political systems. The metaphors are all there and Eduard did his homework. It's presented in an easy mix of famous games, basic instruction, and chess insight.

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Amazing book...quick, brilliant read.

You do not have to be a chess player to enjoy this book. In my case, however, I am a chess player and enjoyed it immensely. I read this book cover to cover in about six hours...I have never read another book so fast in my life. The story was enthralling, the writing was captivating, and the points made about Chess and its impact on our world's culture and history were quite well made.

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Famous game.

The book is written in an engaging style and gives charming anecdotes. It is not written in the style of a typical chess Manuel but in a way, an average reader can comprehend and enjoy. The book is hardly perfect and I have noticed flaws about general history. But that is pedantry; perfection is impossible. What the book gives is well worth it. What it gives is a rich tapestry of the lore of the Game of Kings is what makes the book worth reading.