Enthusiastic chess author Mr. Reinfeld writes here for novices in the chess world. First telling them what they must know before playing--pieces and their placement, movement and capturing power, rules of how to win, he quickly moves his beginners on to the real thing. His chapters are ordered to first things first in view of learning to play. He discusses and illustrates simple winning methods; tactics--offensive and defensive (strategy is for more experienced players); basic end games and winning ideas in end game play (this before opening play because the finality and simplicity are more understandable); strategy in middle game; principles of good opening play; openings that the beginner or average player might use and others more difficult for which he must know the defense. Illustrative games with explanatory commentary and the laws of chess conclude a book which in its directness, simplicity and inclusiveness of explanation is a fine beginning aid.