Chernev's books have great instruction, and are very easy to read, while Nunn's books can be too difficult for the average player. Chill out about Chernev? Not at all. Dad beat me every game we played from 6 years old to the ninth grade. I read Chernov, discovered the queen side openings - he never beat me again.
When I ended up on the Czech border with the Cav in the early 70's, the king's pawn was the universal opening. When I left 2 years later, Queen's pawn was all anybody played. Blame it on Chernov, Dad, and I was no slouch. And I had no desire to spend thousands of hours learning to play at that level. Chess can be a pleasant diversion, a powerful device for education, or an impressive display of mental ability. I have bought copies of Chernov's book for friends and family, but I'm certain Nunn is correct.
Learn arithmetic before you tackle algebra. At the time Chernev wrote his book there was no powerful chess engines and computer analysis, unlike Nunn which likely uses a lot of these tools to support the accuracy of his analysis. It's generally easy now to find mistakes in old books, but they still have valuable lessons and insights. Great book, it is simply not in the same league as Nunn's book, it's like comparing the books "Old Yeller" and "A tale of Two Cities" The prose of the first is considered inferior to that in the latter, but few who have read both books would disagree that they both have something to offer the reader.
You would benefit from reading them both, simply start with Chernev then finish with Nunn in that way any corrections that are required to the way you reason about chess theory can be correct by the modern theory in Nunn's book. Why not just read Nunn, because Chernev is a good read and easy to understand and implement it's a good place to start as either a chess student, or as a primer used by a chess teacher.
It is good but before starting it one would really benefit from knowing the style it is written in. Initiated to chess in early childhood I have been playing it now and then for 20 years but remained somewhere between beginner and intermediate level. So, I found this book to finally start playing normally.
As for the content, the book is indeed well-detailed and very analytical. Chernev follows every move with super clear descriptions and in general it is simply a pleasant read because of its succinct and sometimes passionate language. This nice part accounts for two thirds of the book. The rest of the book, however, is made of author's enumerations of all forced moved possible in those games. These are places where Chernev just re-writes in advance or more hypothetical forced moves without giving context or something else for your brain to catch onto. Often for one real move there are multiple these 'think far in advance' things.
At moments, it really blows your mind and honestly may become boring. So, this smaller part of the book is clearly not for beginners and, in my opinion, at all is not well done. I spent half of reading time on it and did not get much use from it. Conclusion: Beginners could easily use this great book but would better drop the parts with forced moves. Thank you for your interest in this question. Because it has attracted low-quality or spam answers that had to be removed, posting an answer now requires 10 reputation on this site the association bonus does not count.
Would you like to answer one of these unanswered questions instead? Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. ETD Do you have a source for Nunn's criticism, so that we can know exactly what his points are? My guess is that Nunn might reference Chernev in his book Understanding Chess Move by Move , given the obvious parallel between the titles, but I've never looked at the book.
I will update my post with a link. Nunn's book "Grandmaster Chess move by move" harshly critizes chernev's.
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