Usually, chess courses begin by teaching the movement of the pieces and then immediately place them on the board and start a game. When the beginner takes his first steps, the bewilderment is overwhelming: he knows how the pieces move, but not for what.
Also, a few opening moves are often presented to copy, without understanding what is happening on the board. At the slightest deviation, however, unimaginable complications arise for a mind untrained in the basic rudiments of attack and defense.
I think it's not the student's fault, or the chess game's, but the method used. The rules of chess are simple if you explain them well and work on them one by one. Trying to assimilate everything without spending the necessary time in practice is ineffective, if not frustrating.
How, then, should chess be studied? The classics have already said it: one must first learn the basic endings and simple positions, in order to build solid foundations on which to add more complex knowledge. That's what we do in this book.
We present a revolutionary method, with which we will understand each move before moving forward. Once we know the moves of the rook and the king, we immediately attack the key themes, such as checkmate and checkmate, so that we can start playing with discretion. By working with fewer pieces, it will be easier to master essential tactical weapons and learn to recognize good and bad moves. In just 30 minutes, the reader will be giving his first checkmate.
The book should be studied in sequential order, interspersed with the resolution of the exercises, where appropriate. It is recommended to practice what you have learned, either with friends, playing with the computer or using the tools offered by online clubs. Practice is crucial: one must master basic maths and simple tactical problems to progress steadily.
At the end of the book, an appendix is included with a summary of some key knowledge, as well as the development and name of some recommended openings.
In short, with this book you will learn faster and more fun but, above all, you will learn to play chess well.
Miguel Illescas Cordoba
International Grandmaster of Chess