Chess for absolute beginners. Second Edition
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| By Raymond D. Keene, O.B.E.,G.M. Artistic Consultant Barry Martin|
| ISBN 9781843822301|
| Paperback 84 pages|
| Published 7 May 2021|
| UK Price £14.95 |
| US Price $19.95 |
A new edition of Ray Keene and Barry Martin's lucid presentation of how to start on the stimulating path of playing chess.
It features: a clear explanation of the legal moves for each piece; a straightforward guide to special rules, such as castling and en passant; and a discussion of how to begin - basic openings - and how to finish - endgames.
There is also an updated gallery of chess 'heroes' past and present, a section on the Golden Rules of chess mastery, and - to reinforce the important ideas - a selection of puzzles (with solutions) to test progress and understanding.
Anyone - beginners of all ages - can learn how to play chess with the help of this clear manual, now in its second edition.
Raymond D. Keene, OBE, International Chess Grandmaster, is a former British Chess champion, gold medallist in the EU and European championships, silver medal in the Junior world championship and bronze medallist in the World Team Olympiad and Commonwealth championships.
He was Chess correspondent for The Times, London, 1985-2019, and Chess Correspondent for The Spectator 1977-2019.
Author of over 200 books on chess, Mind Sports, Genius and Thinking, his books have translated into fourteen different languages , including Spanish, Hungarian and Chinese.
He was Organiser and fundraiser for three of Garry Kasparov’s world chess championships 1986/1993/2000.
Currently, he is Chess columnist for The British Chess Magazine, The Article, The Australian and puzzle columnist for The Gulf News
Barry Martin was the official artist for two World Chess Championships, Short-Kasparov, and Kramnik-Kasparov, both held in London.
He has works in many public and private collections including: The Tate Gallery; The Victoria and Albert Museum; The Government Art Collection; The British Council; English Heritage; The Henry Moore Institute; Leeds City Art Museum; The Arts Council England; St.Louis Chess Museum; and many more.
Recent exhibitions include ; ‘Occasional Geometries’ The Yorkshire Sculpture Park; ‘Floyd at 50’ Victoria and Albert Museum; ‘Record or Rebel’ V&A; Tate Britain,’Recent Works’;National Portrait Gallery ‘Portrait of the Year’, ‘Polychromies’ Leeds City Art museum; and a one person show of his chess related art works in The Gilbert Collection at Somerset House London, amongst others.
He designed Howard Staunton’s tomb in Kensal Green Cemetery and unveiled the English Heritage Blue Plaque commemorating Staunton’s life in Notting Hill, London.
Chess: Problems, Play and Personalities, published by Filament, was Barry’s previous main book contribution to chess literature.
He has written articles about chess for the Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster Today newspaper.