It might be useful for very young and inexperienced players up to maybe ; above that the tactical themes will already be familiar while there are many better sources for annotated Capablanca games.
To be honest, I'm not a fan of the book's concept, though of course others may feel differently. It seems to me that for the basic mating patterns the old Renaud and Kahn book - which you can find online for free or buy a legitimate copy cheaply - is much, much better. For less money, you get far more examples and 80 exercise positions to boot. In fact, it's good to learn both, as there are many old and great books which are available in inexpensive descriptive editions.
There are few things in the chess world I loathe more than seeing some old classic e. Alekhine's "Best Games" books redone by a publisher who removes more than half the games and doubles the price so readers can have the book in glorious algebraic notation.
Even worse is when the editor starts to "fix" the content without saying so, rather than respecting the integrity of the author's work and making the point in a footnote. Anyway, while I think that readers would be better served with two books one checkmate primer, one Capa book [which can probably both be had for about as much as the one book and maybe even less] , others may find the combination plate a tasty meal.
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But The Chess Machine was also a master of that other way to deliver mate: Frisco's encouraging and practical coaching style comes through in print in a way I would not have thought possible. Some of these asides are laugh-out-loud funny, in a too-true sort of way. If you've ever coached kids who start to cry when the queens come off, buy this book.
Playing through the games with sidelines and comments is very helpful to someone at my level and perhaps higher. Frisco Del Rosario is a chess teacher and writer. Read more Read less. The Mammoth Book of Chess. Capablanca is usually thought of as an endgame specialist and great strategic thinker, and his games are often studied in order to enrich skills in those areas.
Playing through these games without sidelines is helpful even to those with ratings under This may be a moot point. Playing through the games with sidelines and comments is very helpful to someone at my level and perhaps higher. Studying Frisco's style and priorities of explanation is useful to the "improving coach".
This book improves on the author's "A First Book of Morphy" by indicating captures and checks in the notation. I like this book because it has Capablanca games plus others in it. It is written geared towards weaker players to learn tactics and attacking chess. I enjoyed playing over the games and only wish more deeper chess ideas would have been incorporated into this book but overall I would recommend this book to anyone who is not familiar with Capablanca's games.
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Capablanca: A Primer of Checkmate Paperback – October 16, Jose Raul Capablanca is renowned for his exquisite positional play and flawless endgame technique. Frisco Del Rosario is an award-winning chess teacher and author, and champion of the Kolty Chess Club in Silicon. CAPABLANCA: A PRIMER OF CHECKMATE resembles the Irving Chernev classic LOGICAL CHESS MOVE BY MOVE in its structure. Comments are not given.
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