Logical Chess Move By Move has ratings and 56 reviews. Paul said: If I could live my life over again (ah, if only) I would make one simple change. I. All 33 games from Irving Chernev’s book Logical Chess: Move By Move (Every Move Explained), Faber & Faber ; New Algebraic Edition B.T. Batsford, . Logical Chess: Move by Move by Irving Chernev. This classic chess book of annotated games written by prolific chess author Irving Chernev explains the.

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In chess, as in life, rules must often be swept aside. In general, though, the principles governing sound chess play do make wonderful guideposts, especially in the opening, the middlegame, and the ending!

Irving Chernev: Logical Chess

Nunn has argued that Logical Chess Move by Move is a severely limited work produced by a weak player. Unfortunately, such misleading chess books are distressingly common. To right this caissic wrong, GM Nunn produced his own book, Grandmaster Chess Move By Movefrom which the quotes in the previous paragraph are drawn, and which is fifty years more dhess than Logical Chess. Nunn, who once ranked in the top ten players in the world by rating, is a far stronger player than Chernev, who was probably no more than a national master at his peak.


Chernev targets primarily players who are not masters and therefore need first principles hammered home, early and often. Irving Chernev Just as we give babies soft food because lgical requires no chewing and is easily digestible, so Chernev nourishes the infant judgment of lower-level chessplayers with easy, plausible rules to guide their faltering footsteps.

Really he is only trying to direct their attention to the right topics, such as piece activity, piece coordination, king safety, time, space, squares, files, diagonals, color complexes, and so on, to furnish the empty rooms of their minds with necessary terminology and to provide a starting place for their own investigations.

In Logical ChessChernev himself prepares his readers for that glorious day by confessing, essentially, that ultimately there are no rules: Nothing in chess—no convention, principle, or recommended procedure—is to be practiced rigidly.

learning – Dr. John Nunn vs Irving Chernev’s “Logical Chess Move by Move” – Chess Stack Exchange

The value of any single move or combination of moves can only be measured with respect to the particular position on the board. It must fit in with the scheme of the game you are playing and be tempered by the demands of the opponent. A great deal depends on what he does, or lets you do. This is why you may find it expedient to develop your queen at the sixth move or to castle at the sixtieth move.


Logical Chess was my first chess book, which accounts for my familiarity with it, and fondness for it. Read it, make it your own, and from time to time the author will whisper in your ear.

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