What is the object of the game of chess? What is chess notation? How does the King move and capture? These and a host of other chess questions are answered simply and clearly in this indispensable guide for beginning players. Chess expert Fred Wilson has distilled an enormous amount of information into an easy-to-follow question-and-answer format that not only explains the most basic rules and essentials of play, but also offers expert advice on openings, combinations, middle and endgame strategies, notation, castling, and other topics. Over 100 carefully chosen diagrams and illustrations demonstrate moves, positions, and strategy. With this inexpensive manual, would-be players can quickly and easily familiarize themselves with the fundamentals and begin enjoying the challenge and stimulation of one of the world's most fascinating and popular games. A noted chess writer, historian, and teacher, Fred Wilson has owned and operated Fred Wilson Chess Books in New York City's Greenwich Village since 1979. He is the author of A Picture History of Chess.