Teach Yourself Chess by William Hartston
With clear diagrams and illustrations, this guide offers all the help you should need to learn and develop an understanding of good chess. It begins with the basics, the moves of the pieces, elementary tactics and basic combinations to force checkmate. It then explains how to fight for control, how to exploit strengths and weaknesses and how to develop a strategic plan. It also includes useful commentaries on historic games and exercises for the reader.