My Chess Books

"Back to Basics – Fundamentals", published by Russell Enterprises, Inc. 2008.

The game of chess has challenged and delighted the world for centuries. In Back to Basics: Fundamentals, the essential building blocks of the royal game are presented simply and in an easy-to-understand format.

With the expert guidance of chess master Branislav Francuski, you will learn how the chess pieces move and capture; the underlying principles of the game; how to spot and carry out simple checkmates; and understand the basics tactical ideas that are so important to playing and winning.

“In this book, I try to emphasize and clarify the chess fundamentals that young players need to know, as a strong grasp of the basics will eventually lead to the strategic thinking that is necessary for advanced play.” - From the Author´s Preface

Fundamental concepts, tactical themes and other significant points of the game are underscored by over 800 diagrams and positions. Solutions and clear explanations are supplemented by important principles, highlighted in blue.

Whether used alone or with an instructor, Back to Basics: Fundamentals will put you on the road to good chess!

I have accepted with undisguised satisfaction the publication of the new book by author Branislav Francuski. During my years- long engagement as a trainer, especially in the last several years in Australia, USA and Greece, the book and material written by Branislav Francuski represented irreplaceable guidelines for me while working with beginners and chess funs of all ages. What’s more many eminent schools have adopted that material as a standard educational means for a work with young people. Indeed, in the ocean of nowadays chess publication,  it is hard to find such unique book which in the very creative way gives insight to the beginners into the basic strategic ideas as well as into the better understanding of moving chess pieces, coordination and their basic function.

Throughout the numerous illustrated examples of checkmates with different strategic ideas, sorted according to the subjects, the beginners will not be able only to recognize them but also to use them by means of practice, in various practical position. That also involves the development of critical opinion and capability of decision-making process which is important not only in chess but also other usual life activities. While reading this book, the chess player should analyze every option before choosing one. Solving these chess problems leads to better understanding of the game itself and gives immeasurable contribution to the development of advanced thinking techniques. Since the training is necessary also in other sports, as, for example, the athlete runs every day several kilometers to be ready to run several hundred meters in the competition with full effect, in the same manner solving of chess problems is necessary means for the chess players in order to develop capabilities for better calculation during the chess tournament.

I have no doubts that this book will kindle great enthusiasm both of the students and of the numerous chess teachers and we shell all have the opportunity to enjoy more then 20 years long training practice and experience summarized in the book of Branislav Francuski.

In Kavala, Greece, 02 November 2009

Dejan Antic
Grandmaster and Chief Trainer of Kavala Chess Team