The Rules of Play:
12 Lessons For The Beginning Chessplayer
The Comprehensive Program of Chess Training
by Roman Pelts
and GM Lev Alburt, three-time U.S. Champion
Copyright 2001, 1996 by Roman Pelts
Publisher: Lev Alburt
4th, revised edition
All rights reserved.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Volume I: An Introduction
Lesson 1 The chessboard and the starting position. How pawns move
Lesson 2 Chess notation.
Lesson 3 How the Rook and Bishop move and capture. The center.
Lesson 4 How the Queen and Knight move and capture.
Lesson 5 How the King moves and captures. Check. Checkmate.
Lesson 6 En Passant pawn captures.
Lesson 7 Castling.
Lesson 8 Relative values of the chess forces.
Lesson 9 How games are drawn.
Lesson 10 How to record moves.
Lesson 11 How to open a chess game.
Lesson 12 Tests
VOLUME I: AN
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