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Shelves: favorites This is a classic, and justly so. There are basically 3 versions of this book in English. The old one, which this appears to be, in descriptive notation.
Chess Fundamentals The "Revised" version, where both the descriptive notation has been replaced with algebraic thank you! Chess Fundamentals, Revised The other algebraic edition, which simply replaces the descriptive notation but does not change any of the text. Chess Fundamentals Algebraic I prefer the third version. I own all and use all three. I will probably replace Chess Fundamentals Algebraic eventually. Written by Jose Raul Capablanca, one of the greatest chess players in the history, almost years ago, it remains a classic that every chess player should read.
Of course, we can not judge a chess book written a century ago by the contemporary standards because chess progressed a lot meanwhile. With the advent of computers, some of his statements have shown to be false. Moreover, some of the lines given in the analyzed games are not accurate when assessed by the last version of Stockfish. This said, the everlasting value of the book resides in the verbalization of the thinking process of the world chess champion.
After going through such junk commentary, mostly obtained by running the last chess engine and falsely claimed to reflect the evaluation during the game, the amateur is confused. The book is well written: the simple concepts are first presented and then revisited in various phases of the game endgame, middlegame, opening.
According to Capablanca, the road to improvement in chess is studying the endgame. Unfortunately, the amateurs are not following his advice, and instead memorize tones of opening lines that will not help them become better players. At the time of writing the book was revolutionary.
This fact should not obscure but rather emphasize the tremendous value of this book.
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