Throughout my studies of the game, I have heard or read time and time again statements like, "Put your rooks on the seventh rank," "Control all the weak squares," and "Dominate the center." These statements are well and good, but only if one is skilful enough to apply them. This book is truly great in that the illustrative games, as well as the insightful commentary, show the student exactly how to accomplish these goals. Chernev's style of writing is concise and helpful. This book will improve one's ability tremendously. I highly recommend this book to beginners and intermediate players alike. For once, a chess book that truly lives up to its title!