Russia's dominance in modern chess was founded on a uniquely successful program of chess instruction. Now this program has been streamlined and adapted for American readers in a pair of books that will help readers develop, step by step, from total vicehood to an enjoyable and competitive recreational level. Volume 1 covers the fundamentals of the game, from beginning strategies to energetic endgames. Learn from the start t just how the pieces move, but also where and why to move them. Volume 2 goes beyond the basics to cover advanced strategy, hard-hitting openings, and classic attack and defense tactics. Both books sharpen and test your chess skills with practical, educational chessercizes that make your movements more muscular. Advance in the game-and have fun doing it-using the techniques that produced a long line of Soviet champions.
International Grandmaster Lev Alburt, three-time U.S. champion and former European champion, is one of the most sought-after chess teachers in the world. He lives in New York. Larry Parr is former editor of Chess Life and the author of many articles on chess play and instruction.