Chess Fundamentals

This book will serve as a guide for the player who wants to learn about the principles in endgame play, middlegame planning, general chess theory, how to play the opening, and the book includes 14 illustrative games by the former world champion.

One of the classics in chess literature!

Former World Chess Champion, José Raúl Capablanca, wrote this classic book in 1921. Now 100 years later this masterpiece is still being read and referenced as a must-read chess book. To celebrate the 100th year anniversary of the publication the book has gotten a major overhaul that includes:

  • Modern Algebraic Notation
  • Extra diagrams to make reading easier
  • Single column layout = less condensed reading experience

The layout also gives the reader the opportunity to take notes while reading and the book can lay open flat on the table.

Introduction to the book by José Raúl Capablanca (1934)
Chess Fundamentals was first published thirteen years ago. Since then there have appeared at different times a number of articles dealing with the so-called Hypermodern Theory. Those who have read the articles may well have thought that something new, of vital importance, had been discovered. The fact is that the Hypermodern Theory is merely the application, during the opening stages generally, of the same old principles through the medium of somewhat new tactics. There has been no change in the fundamentals. The change has been only a change of form, and not always for the best at that.

In chess the tactics may change but the strategic fundamental principles are always the same, so that Chess Fundamentals is as good now as it was thirteen years ago. It will be as good a hundred years from now; as long in fact as the laws and rules of the game remain what they are at present. The reader may therefore go over the contents of the book with the assurance that there is in it everything he needs, and that there is nothing to be added and nothing to be changed. Chess Fundamentals was the one standard work of its kind thirteen years ago and the author firmly believes that it is the one standard work of its kind now.


New York
Sept. 1, 1934

About the editor

The boook has been edited by Martin Bonde Justesen. Who is a FIDE rated chess (1821) player and chess author of two books (‘Blindfold Endgame Visualization’ and ‘100 Headachingly Hard Mate in Two Puzzles’). 

I decided to make this edition because I was not satisfied by the look and layout of other editions available on Amazon. I therefore decided to edit the book in LateX, which enables a neat and professional layout. The whole project has taken me many hours, but I hope that you will appriciate the final result. 

/Martin B. Justesen

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