Whilst I understood the principles of chess and basic game rules, I have never really played chess properly. I picked up “How to Win at Chess” by Levy Rozman and am delighted by the improvement in my understanding…and ability to win! Granted, I have only tested my new skills against the computer and chess puzzles but I’m enjoying chess far more!

This book is carefully thought out to give the reader small wins in each chapter. As my understanding improved as to what winning strategy looks like, my game win ratio improved. I find it easy to flip back to the book when I encounter a permutation to a gambit and learn a better way to play. I am only at 600 so haven’t fully utilised the book’s teachings yet but that’s an improvement from O in little more than a month.

The passion of author and Grandmaster Levy Rozman exudes throughout and it is an easy read as he explains why as well as how, for me the why make the how easier to recall.

If you’re looking to improve your chess game or start playing chess and discover why it is so popular, this is the book to read! I couldn’t watch the videos as I had the advanced copy but can only imagine how much more depth this will add. Its a five out of five and highly recommended.

I received a complimentary copy of the book from Clarkson Potter/ Ten Speed Press through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

From the back cover:

Learn chess from International Master and YouTube’s top chess teacher Levy Rozman (aka GothamChess) in this refreshing and fun guide for beginner and intermediate players.

Clever and informative, How to Win at Chess teaches you everything you need to know about the game, including all the important moves and strategies to start off strong and keep you thinking several steps ahead.

Full of Levy Rozman’s signature charm and humor that have made him beloved by millions of fans, the first half of this unique guide introduces rising players (0-800 Elo rating) to the four key areas to consider when playing chess—openings, endings, tactics, and strategy—and the second half builds upon these core skills for more experienced players (800-1300 Elo rating). Brimming with practical and easy-to-follow tips for improving your game, How to Win at Chess includes over 500 instructional gameplay illustrations to help you better visualize the board, as well as chapter-specific QR codes for exclusive bonus content on Chessly, Rozman’s teaching platform.

Whether you want to become a recreational chess player or are training to be a Grandmaster, How to Win at Chess is the perfect interactive introduction to the world of chess!

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