“Most Quality Chess titles are original works, but from time to time the company puts out translations of older classics not available in English. This book, which was first published in the mid-1930s, has been continuously in print since then, appearing in several updated editions.
The title might suggest it is for beginners, but that is not the case. It does start off with some basic positions, but quickly moves on to much more advanced material including chapters on positional play and techniques of calculation.”
IM John Donaldson, Chess Today
“Maizelis’ book is fascinating, especially for the reader interested in chess culture and history, but it is not a primer by any stretch of the imagination. Despite my reservations about the title, The Soviet Chess Primer is a fine book and its acclaim is deserved.”
John Hartmann, Chess LIfe