Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess
This book is essentially a teaching machine. It asks you a question. If you give the right answer, it goes on to the next question. If you give the wrong answer, it tells you why the answer is wrong. This is called "programmed learning" and is a fun positive way to learn chess.
Bobby Fischer Teachers Chess requires absolutely no prior knowledge of how to play Chess. The book includes a section at the beginning of the rules of chess and how all the pieces move. The book also doesn't require any understanding of how to read or record Chess moves which is often referred to as "algebraic notation". This book makes it an ideal study companion for players that have recently started playing chess but are often making mistakes and not seeing their opponents defences.
The book focuses on the primary objective of winning a game of Chess through delivering checkmate. In total it contains 276 puzzles, referred to in "programmed learning" speak as frames all aimed at the purpose of delivering checkmate and defending against checkmate. The book starts off with very simple concepts and progressively and very gradually adds more and more complexity. Once you get to the end of the book, you turn it over and start from the back! In time the frames start to delve into more complex concepts such as pins and sacrifices to remove the defender.
After working your way through the book at a pace that suits you, there is no doubt you will have a very thorough understanding of checkmate. More importantly you will develop a good foundation of "chess vision" enabling you to see your opponents attacks and defences ahead of time. This is an absolutely essential skills that all strong Chess players possess.
The training method behind Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess were co-authors of the book and experts and authorities in the field of programmed learning.
Stuart Margulies is a chess master and also a recognized authority on programmed learning. He is a widely published author of more than 40 books, all in the field of programmed learning, especially in learning how to read.
Donn Mosenfelder was one of the leading innovators in the field of programmed instruction and was the owner of the company that developed and designed this book. He has written more than 25 books on basic reading, writing and math, on-the-job training and classroom management.