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Weapons of Chess: An Omnibus of Chess Strategies Bruce Pandolfini

Weapons of Chess: An Omnibus of Chess Strategies By Bruce Pandolfini

Weapons of Chess: An Omnibus of Chess Strategies by Bruce Pandolfini

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Weapons of Chess: An Omnibus of Chess Strategies by Bruce Pandolfini

From America's foremost chess coach and game strategist for Netflix's The Queen's Gambit, Bruce Pandolfini brings us the most accessible and easy-to-use chess strategy book ever.

Written for beginning and intermediate players, Weapons of Chess is the first encyclopedia of chess strategies that doesn't rely on the usual baffling chess notation. There are no symbolic chess moves, no charts or sequences in chess notation: every move is explained in words.

Arranged alphabetically for easy use and based mainly on pawn formation, the incredibly detailed and thorough entries in this book talk a player through dozens of common strategic dilemmas, such as "doubled pawn," "bishops vs. knights," and "hanging pawn pair." Diagrams illustrate the terms, first showing the basic position and then strategically moving to more complicated versions of it. Players will learn how to formulate plans once they have reached a middlegame, enabling them to make wiser strategic decisions after the first few moves of the game.

Designed for use as a ready reference during actual practice games, and usable without a chess board, Weapons of Chess is a unique and invaluable resource for any developing chess player.

About Bruce Pandolfini

Bruce Pandolfini is one of the world's most sought-after chess teachers and one of the most widely read chess writers working today. His role as analyst for PBS's coverage of the 1972 match between chess superstars Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky first launched him into the public eye. His coaching of chess prodigy Josh Waitzkin was portrayed in the book and film Searching for Bobby Fischer. He is a regular columnist for Chess Life, the bible of the chess world, and continues to coach young players professionally and consults for CEOs from numerous Fortune 500 companies. Pandolfini also created over 300 hypothetical games as a consultant for Netflix's The Queen's Gambit. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents



A Word on Chess Notation

Related Section Index



Anti-Positional Move

Backward Pawn

Bad Bishop

The Bind

Bishops of Opposite Color


Blocked Center

Breakthrough Combination

Calculating Variations: How to Do It in Your Head

Doubled Pawns

Doubled Rooks

Exchanging Pieces


Fixed Pawns

Good Knight

Isolated Pawn

Isolated d-pawn

Isolated d-pawn: Advancing It

Isolated d-pawn: Drawbacks

Isolated d-pawn: Strength

Isolated Pawn Couple

Knight Corral

Minor Exchange

Minority Attack

Opening a File

Outside Passed Pawn


Passed Pawn

Pawn Centers

Pawn Chain

Pawn Majority

Positional Chess

Protected Passed Pawn

Two Bishops



Additional Concept Glossary


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Weapons of Chess: An Omnibus of Chess Strategies by Bruce Pandolfini
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Simon & Schuster
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