Iriving Chernev in San Francisco

Irving Chernev

"Every Chess Master was once a beginner." ---Chernev

Chernev in San Francisco, a city which he rarely left and loved almost as much as chess. A man of taste.

Hats off Players to the Writers who without....who knows where we would be!!!

Chernev Quotes

"Of chess it has been said that life is not long enough for it, but that is the fault of life, not chess."

"The sign of a great Master is his ability to win a won game quickly and painlessly"

"On the chessboard, if nowhere else, justice does triumph."

"There is no room for gallantry in chess.”

"The secret of conducting a successful kingside attack is to create a breach in the cordon pawns surrounding the enemy king; to induce or force one of the pawns to move. The change in the line-up of pawns fixes the defense with a permanent weakness.


Born in Moscow 1900

Came to the United States in 1920

Published his first book in 1933

(Published a bunch of books here)

Died in his beloved San Francisco 1981


Irving Chernev is one of the best beginning chess book writers of all time. In his clear and passionate language Chernev was able to get masses of people excited about chess with texts like "Logical Chess", one of the all time greatest beginning texts.

Chernev decided to stop playing chess later in his life, choosing to enjoy chess as an observer and a writer. He never achieved the level of chess playing greatness of his buddy Fred Reinfield, and did not write as many books, but still established himself as one of the greatest chess writers of all time.

Chernev will most remembered for his enthusiasm for chess, which shone so bright, it blasted through the pages of his writing.

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* = Academic Chess A list.

*Logical Chess
*1000 Best Short Games of Chess
*Combinations : The Heart of Chess
Twelve Great Players and Their Best Games
Most Instructive Games of Chess
Capablanca's Best Chess Endings  
An Invitation to Chess
*Practical Chess Endings
200 Brilliant Endgames
The chess companion
Chessboard Magic !
Fireside Book of Chess
The Golden Dozen
Winning Chess
Winning Chess Traps
Wonders and Curiosities of Chess