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Default Chess Made Simple by Milton L. Hanauer

Chess Made Simple by Milton L. Hanauer

Chess Made Simple is one of the most useful and instructive chess
books ever written. In spite of the title and the fact that is starts
off with explaining the legal moves of the pieces, it is NOT a
beginners book. It is a book for intermediate to advanced players.
Even masters will find the problems and examples in this book useful
and instructive.

It has been used as a source book for generations of scholastic chess
coaches and teachers.

The author was one of the top chess players in the United States. He
played in the US Championship four times, 1936, 1938, 1940 and 1951,
defeating Grandmasters Reuben Fine and Isaac Kashdan in the process.
He played on the US Team in the 1928 World Chess Olympiad in The
Hague. He was Marshall Chess Club champion in 1950-51. There is an
article featuring some of his games by Grandmaster Andy Soltis in the
August 2008 issue of Chess Life magazine.

Perhaps what makes this book so good is the fact that the author was a
professional teacher. He became a public school principal and had an
office in the New York City Board of Education on Jay Street. In Chess
Made Simple, he goes through each of the phases of the game and
provides instructive examples of each. The latter part of the book
includes annotated games by grandmasters.

His list of topics includes:

The Powers of the Pieces
Good Moves for the Pieces
The Opening
Gambits
Attacks, Defense, Combinations, Counterattacks
Checkmate and Stalemate
The End Game
The Middle Game
The Openings of Champions
The Laws of Chess

One interesting feature of this book is it starts off using the
algebraic notation, which was unusual for its time. This will be a
great boon for today's youth, who are too stupid to learn descriptive
notation.

Milton Loeb Hanauer (born Aug-05-1908, died Apr-16-1988) was a public
school principal, chess master and Marshall Chess Club official. He is
best known for running the New York school competition that became
known as the Hanauer League and for writing this book, Chess Made
Simple.

When I was a kid learning chess, I really liked this book. It was my
favorite and for that reason I am happy that it is being reprinted.

Sam Sloan

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/boo...ean=0923891269

http://www.amazon.com/dp/0923891269
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