The Art of Checkmate - Renaud & Kahn



new translation with algebraic chess notation

The Art of Checkmate, first published in Monaco in 1947,
has remained one of the most popular and enduring chess books of all
time, loved by chess players and regularly appearing in top ten lists of
their favourites.

Remarkably, despite its widespread popularity, the first English
edition, published in the 1950s, was marred by careless and faulty
translation. But now, for the first time, all these mistakes have been
rectified so as to reflect accurately the authors’ original work and
thereby make the English edition of
The Art of Checkmate an even better book.

The Art of Checkmate offers the reader a systematic
classification of all the principal types of checkmate and the
procedures required to achieve these in actual play. Each chapter starts
with the basic pattern of the checkmate under consideration and this is
followed by an explanation of the process whereby the mate can be
carried out. Examples from practical play and test yourself puzzle
positions then reinforce the readers’ understanding of the mechanics of
the checkmate and their ability to deliver crushing and, at times,
picturesque checkmates in their own games

An enjoyable and easy-to-read book chess instructor that will benefit players of any ability.


Georges Renaud (1893–1975) won the French national chess
championship in 1923 and represented his country for the next 10 years.
He was the author of six of the best chess books ever written.


Victor Kahn (1888–1971) was a Russian-French chess player who won the French Championship in 1934.

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