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This book is the best way to jumpstart a beginning to chess mastery. Capablanca gives a mild technical backdrop before presenting some of his own games. Capablanca synthesized positional ideas when the rest of the world was trying to figure out how to out calculate their opponent. This book gives an introduction to the system of thought that gave legends like Fischer, Karpov, and Kramnik their start. If you want to know how an intuitive chessplayer thinks, read this book.

This book is an absolute classic. Like the books of Lasker and others of their time, they are best to get their view of the game.

I have been investigating the thinking methods of the old champions and this little book introduce the concept of the calculation by visualizing future positions. Capa doesnt expose details about it, but his writing help us to get the concept: visualize the goal position in mind and then try to construct it at the board. That method was repeated in Laskers Manual writing about positional and combinatory players. In our days this conception is regained by Silman and Beim as new concepts and without proper credits to the old guys.

As any classic, get this book!

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