「From Beginner to Expert in 40 Lessons」
Aleksander Kostyev、Jon Speelman (著)」
Lesson 1century. Lesson 2: the game of "Battleships" and
chess notation; a game from the last century; the correct names of the pieces.
Lesson 3: chess in the Ancient East; the story of Dilaram's mate; what ignorance
of the rules leads to. Lesson 4: can everybody checkmate with a queen?; have you
met the "Epaulette" mate? Lesson 5: the laws of chess - or the first
commandment; which is harder - to mate with one rook or two bishops? Lesson 6:
why did the Minister of Defence like chess?; some analogies and definitions.
Lesson 7: knowledge is light, ignorance darkness - or some simple advice about
how to start a game. Lesson 8: six exercises to test understanding of the
preceding chapters; figurine algebraic notation. Lesson 9: so the opening is
over - what should you do next?; an extract from Greco's notebook. Lesson 10: an
amusing story about Wilhelm Steinitz; how to realize a material advantage.
Lesson 11: an ancient Eastern saying; the rule of the square. Lesson 12: an
introduction to chess compositions; an episode form the Swedo-Turkish war.
Lesson 13: the great confrontation of kings - or what is opposition? Lesson 14:
chess gems, three combinations. Lesson 15: play a "waiting move"; a quotation
from Capablanca; more about the "rule of the square" and the opposition. Lesson
16: a study by the Pope; is it hard to learn how to play combinations? Lesson
17: the struggle between a queen and an advanced passed pawn; Lesson 18: Master
Kasparian's lame knight; eleven variations on the theme of the Pin; Lesson 19:
Zugzwang - that is when you'd like to miss a move. Lesson 20: the beginners
secret weapon or the double attack; three cavalry charges. Lesson 21: how can
you learn to calculate variations; a young player's story. Lesson 22: king
against king, pawn agains pawn; distant, distant outside passed pawn; a paradox
of chess geometry and Reti's "theorem". (Part contents)