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Chess and Checkers : the Way to Mastership by Lasker, Edward, 1885-1981

Chess and Checkers : the Way to Mastership by Lasker, Edward, 1885-1981

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by Edward Lasker

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**Welcome To The World of Free Plain Vanilla Electronic Texts**
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Title: Chess and Checkers: The Way to Mastership
Author: Edward Lasker
Release Date: January, 2004 [EBook #4913]

[Yes, we are more than one year ahead of schedule]
[This file was first posted on March 25, 2002]

[This file was last updated on April 7, 2002]
Edition: 10
Language: English
Character set encoding: ASCII
*** START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK CHESS AND CHECKERS ***

This etext was produced by John Mamoun <mamounjo@umdnj.edu> with help
from the online distributed proofreaders page of Charles Franks.
Chess and Checkers: The Way to Mastership
Complete instructions for the beginner [and]
valuable suggestions for the advanced player.
by
Edward Lasker
TABLE OF CONTENTS
INFORMATION ABOUT THIS E-TEXT EDITION
INTRODUCTION
THE HISTORY OF CHESS
THE HISTORY OF CHECKERS
PART I: THE GAME OF CHESS
I.
THE RULES OF THE GAME

Board and men
The moves of the men
Special terms
Symbols for moves
Chess laws

II.
ELEMENTARY TACTICS

Fundamental endings
Relative value of the men
How the different men cooperate
Sacrificing

III.
GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF CHESS STRATEGY

King's Pawn openings
Queen's Pawn openings
The middle game

IV.
ILLUSTRATIVE GAMES
Game No. 1: Jackson Showalter vs. Edward Lasker,
Lexington, Ky., 1917
Game No. 2: Edward Lasker vs. Jose R. Capablanca,
New York, 1915
V.
PROBLEMS
PART II: THE GAME OF CHECKERS
I.
THE RULES OF THE GAME
II.
ELEMENTARY TACTICS
III.
THE FIVE FUNDAMENTAL POSITIONS

The first position
The second position
The change of the move
The third position
The fourth position
The fifth position

IV.
GENERAL PRINCIPLES AND ILLUSTRATIVE GAMES
V.

PROBLEMS
INFORMATION ABOUT THIS E-TEXT EDITION
The following is an e-text of "Chess and Checkers: The Way

to Mastership," by Edward Lasker, copyright 1918, printed in
New York.

This e-text contains the 118 chess and checkers board game
diagrams appearing in the original book, plus an extra chess
diagram that appears on the front cover of the book, all in
the form of ASCII line drawings. The following is a key to
the diagrams:

For chess pieces,
R = Rook
Kt = Knight

B = Bishop
Q = Queen
K = King
P = Pawn

Black pieces have a # symbol to the left of them, while
white pieces have a ^ symbol to the left of them. For example,
#B is the Black bishop, while ^B is the white bishop. #Kt is
the black knight, while ^Kt is the white knight. This will
let the reader instantly tell by sight which pieces in the
ASCII chess diagrams are black and which are white.

For Checkers pieces,
* = black single piece
o = white single piece
** = black king
oo = white king
Those who find these diagrams hard to read should feel free
to set up them up on a game board using the actual pieces.

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