Chess Fundamentals, Revised has ratings and 22 reviews. Alec said: Too many whole sale changes in this edition for this to be considered Capablanca. Jose Capablanca’s classic instructional manual – Chess Fundamentals – first appeared in , the year he defeated Emanuel Lasker for the world. CHESS. FUNDAMENTALS ву. JOSÉ R. CAPABLANCA. CHESS CHAMPION OF THE WORLD Chess Fundamentals was first published thirteen years ago.

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Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Capablsnca Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Capablanca was a World Chess Champion and one of the greatest players in chess history, yet he wrote very little about the game. Chess Fundamentalsthough normally for the beginning player, contains valuable insights that will benefit players at all levels of understanding, including masters.

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Oct 18, Alec rated it did not like it. Too many whole sale changes in this edition for this to be considered Capablanca’s book what was done to it was an abomination. Based on the algebraic, but otherwise unmodified, edition of capablancq book. Many consider this to be the master text on beginner’s chess. The book is simple, clear and easy to follow, though you’ll need a chessboard to play out all the sequences yourself to fully appreciate what’s being discussed.

If you’re new to the game and want to get a course on the fundamentals of playing good chess, then here it is. A one on one lesson from maybe the greatest of all time. Capablanca even makes a gesture of mode Based on the algebraic, but otherwise unmodified, edition of the book.

Capablanca even makes a gesture of modesty by graciously including examples from games he lost which were very few. He teaches the logic and principles of good chess play, and provides good examples to illustrate concepts.

Capablanca’s simple and direct style of chess was perfectly suited to this sort of educational endeavour. You couldn’t ask for a better teacher. The book was published in capabblanca, the year he became world champion. At that point in fundamnetals he had been undefeated for almost 6 years, and it capwblanca be another 3 years before he lost a single game.

Capablanca was at the peak of his powers, and yet with this book you can follow any of his games and feel as though you would have made the very same moves he did. Much of this is delusion perhaps, but I think a great deal of it is down to both the quality of this book and the sheer simplicity of his approach to play.

If you can already play to a reasonable standard, then this book may not feel so useful. However, I think almost any chess lover would find value reading Capablanca’s thoughts on the subject. Almost a century later, this is still the funfamentals standard in chess literature. This is a classic, and justly so.


It’s the best book on how to study chess I’ve yet read. There are basically 3 versions of this book in English. Fundamentls old one, which this appears to be, in descriptive notation. I don’t care for descriptive notation, but I have a copy of the old version to double check text against the newer versions. Chess Fundamentals The “Revised” version, where both the descriptive notation has been replaced with algebraic thank you!

Chess Fundamentals, Revised The other algebraic edition, which simply replaces the descriptive notation but does not change any of the text. Chess Fundamentals Algebraic I prefer the third version. I own all and use all three. I will probably replace Chess Fundamentals Algebraic eventually. Aug 25, Eduard Barbu rated it it was amazing. Written by Jose Raul Capablanca, one of the greatest chess players in the history, almost years ago, it remains a classic that every chess player should read.

Of course, we can not judge a chess book written a century ago by the contemporary standards because chess progressed a lot meanwhile.

To see how ridiculous such a judgment is, imagine assessing Newton’s Principia by the contemporary knowledge in physi “Chess Fundamentals” is an outstanding chess book not only for its historical value.

To see how ridiculous such a judgment is, imagine assessing Newton’s Principia by the contemporary knowledge in physics. Capablanca’s book reflects the best understanding of chess years ago. With the advent of computers, some of his statements have fundamentzls to be false.

Moreover, some of the lines given in the analyzed games are not accurate when assessed by the last version of Stockfish.

This said, the everlasting value of the book resides in the verbalization of the thinking process of the world chess champion. Capablanca’s commentary is crystal clear and insightful. It notably differs from the verbosity of the commentaries found in today’s chess magazines like “New in Chess” where the annotators flood the reader with a multitude of secondary lines.

After going through such junk commentary, mostly obtained by running the last chess engine and falsely claimed to reflect the evaluation during the game, the amateur is confused.

In contrast, Capablanca’s commentary is fair, sincere and mostly reflects his thoughts during the games. The book is well written: According to Capablanca, the road to improvement in chess is studying the endgame. Unfortunately, the amateurs are not following cpaablanca advice, and instead memorize tones of opening lines that will not help them become better players.

At the time of capablancs the book was revolutionary. Today is no longer so because Capablanca’s ideas are now incorporated in all good chess books. This fact should not obscure but chses emphasize the tremendous value of this book.

Feb 14, Nathan rated it really liked it Shelves: This book is an important window into the mind of a World Chess Champion and one of few chess players in the conversation as greatest of all time.

De Firmian includes many instructive modern games to show progression of chess beyond the life of Capablanca. In terms of distillation of fundamental principles, this is the best book on chess I’ve ever read. Mar 11, Drew rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is an ideal example of how a concise capablancz book should be written. It’s clear that Capablanca has not forgotten what it was like to be a beginner.


He says everything that needs to be said and nothing more. He comprehensively covers all of the important points for capaboanca new chess player to learn without going into too much depth.

Chess Fundamentals, Revised

The great thing about a concise book is that the reader learns by doing. It is left up to the reader to use his chess board to go over the variations, and Capabla This is an ideal example of how a concise introductory book should be written. It is left up to the reader to use his chess board to go over the variations, and Capablanca gives exactly enough information for us to figure out the relevance of each move.

This is not a book you read casually. Every word and position should be studied carefully and repetitively, because each one is deliberate and important. It is the reader’s responsibility to study on his own, as the author has not written a page book doing it funddamentals us.

There were perhaps a few more positions than needed to really be considered as concise as possible without lacking information, but that extra practice does help. Capablanca seemed to be aware of this, so in those cases he did not include redundant text. Instead, findamentals gave just kose few words and moves with the implied idea being “the rest that can be said about rundamentals position is as Ches have already described.

I own all and us all three. The old one in descriptive notation. Apr 30, Lisa Harmonybites rated it really liked it Shelves: Capablanca was a chess grandmaster, one of the jsoe chess players and this is his book of basic strategy.

This book originally was owned by my mother; she taught herself how to play primarily by using this book, then taught me–and we went on to fundsmentals the enemy! I mean to enjoy playing the game with many others. It explains first principles such as good openings, controlling the center, attacking and cutting off pieces and good endgame strategies. A well-written, very useful guide acces Capablanca was a chess grandmaster, one of the great chess players and this is his book of basic strategy.

A well-written, very useful guide accessibly for a beginner.

The great guide to master the fundamentals of chess, simple to follow and a very wide variety of principles, from game openings to middle games to end games plus some illustrated games of the greatest players there ever was. A classic, but what I remember is a long combination nobody would be able to repeat. I watched a friend of mine giving lessons using this book, the audience could hardly follow.

Funxamentals wander to whom this book could benefit. I feel times smarter after doing each set of exercises. Then I forget to pick up the book for a few weeks and realize I forgot all those awesome lessons I just learned. Jun 17, Rdb added it Fyndamentals Dec 12, Andrew rated it it was amazing Shelves: Fyndamentals simply put together but so thorough too. Not to mention modest.