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The Soviet Chess Primer
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Foreword by Mark Dvoretsky 7 Emanuel Lasker: The Meaning of Chess 9 Advice to Beginners 12 PART ONE: THE ELEMENTS OF CHESS CHAPTER ONE: THE GAME EXPLAINED 13 CHAPTER TWO: AIM OF THE GAME 35 CHAPTER THREE: TACTICS AND STRATEGY 57 CHAPTER FOUR: TECHNIQUES OF CALCULATION 127 CHAPTER FIVE: COMBINATION 165 CHAPTER SIX: POSITIONAL PLAY 211 CHAPTER SEVEN: HOW TO BEGIN A GAME 241 PART TWO: THE CHESS GAME (ITS THREE PHASES) CHAPTER EIGHT: THE ENDGAME 261 CHAPTER NINE: THE MIDDLEGAME 319 CHAPTER TEN: THE FOUNDATIONS OF OPENING THEORY 369 APPENDIX: CHESS COMPOSITIONS 377

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Ilya Maizelis was a respected Soviet chess trainer, renowned for his endgame analysis.

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"A remarkable book, from which I learnt to play chess" -- Garry Kasparov

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