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Introduction. Part I: Laying the Groundwork. Chapter 1: Setting Up the Board. Chapter 2: The Pieces and Their Powers. Part II: Getting Past the Rules. Chapter 3: The Elements of Chess. Chapter 4: Tactics: Hand-to-Hand Combat. Chapter 5: Sacrifices: When It's Better to Give Than to Receive. Chapter 6: Mating and Mating Patterns. Chapter 7: Pattern Recognition. Chapter 8: Strategy: The Principles of Play. Chapter 9: Special Moves (The Ones That Start All the Arguments). Part III: Let the Play Begin. Chapter 10: The Opening: First Things First. Chapter 11: The Middlegame: What Do I Do Now? Chapter 12: The Endgame: Can I Go Home Now? Chapter 13: Chess Etiquette (Why Was He So Mad at Me?). Part IV: Who to Play, When, Where, and How. Chapter 14: Competitive Chess (Is There Any Other Kind?). Chapter 15: Computer Chess. Chapter 16: Chess Online. Chapter 17: Chess Notation (What the Heck Does Nf4 Mean?). Part V: The Part of Tens. Chapter 18: The Ten Most Famous Chess Games. Chapter 19: The Ten Best Players of All Time. Chapter 20: The Ten Most Common Chess Openings. Chapter 21: The Ten Best Chess Resources. Appendix A: A Glossary of Chess. Appendix B: International Chess Notation. Index.