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Product Details

  • Series: Everyman Chess
  • Hardcover: 98 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman Chess; 1st edition (October 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857443586
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857443585
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Learn to play the great game of chess with none other than Garry Kasparov, the World number one and the most famous figure in chess history, as your teacher. Discover all the various pieces - the king, the queen, the knights, the bishops and the pawns. Find out how the pieces move, the values of the chessmen, how to attack and how to defend, how to capture, how to employ special moves such as castling, how to write the moves down and, crucially, how to give check and deliver checkmate. Learn the numerous tricks and traps that you can set your unwary opponents and, just as importantly, how to avoid falling into them yourself. Make a journey through this book and, with the help of the world's best player, you will be ready for your first chess battle, be it against your mom or dad, your friends, your computer, on the Internet or in a competition.

An ideal chess guide for beginners
Covers all the crucial rules and aims
Introduces all aspects of the game
Written by a legend of the chess world

About the Author

Garry Kasparov is generally regarded as the greatest chess player ever. He was the thirteenth World Champion, holding the title between 1985 and 2000. His tournament record is second to none, featuring numerous wins in the world's major events, often by substantial margins. Over the last few years he has taken first prize in ten consecutive major international events.

More About the Author

Garry Kasparov grew up in Baku, Azerbaijan (USSR) and became the youngest ever world chess champion in 1985 at the age of 22. He held that title until 2000. He retired from professional chess in March 2005 to found the United Civil Front in Russia, and has dedicated himself to establishing free and fair elections in his homeland. A longtime contributing editor at The Wall Street Journal, Kasparov travels around the world to address corporations and business audiences on strategy and leadership, and he appears frequently in the international media to talk about both chess and politics. When not traveling he divides his time between Moscow and St. Petersburg.

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Very easy to understand and lots of pictures.
Steve
My 11 year old daughter has barely put the book down since receiving it.
R. Porter
Adult beginners will also find it an excellent way to learn.
Charles Ashbacher

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

76 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Harry on October 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have been researching for months to find a good 'starter' book to begin a chess club. I have searched online and made many stops at book stores and even asked many questions. Some of the books out there are excellent, but the cost was a little more than I wanted to spend as I am starting the club for homeschoolers and wanted to do it more as a ministry than a money-making enterprise.

To me, a great technician doesn't always translate to a great teacher. No doubt Kasparov was the former, but after reading this book he is definitely the latter as well. I believe it is an excellent book for beginners and even intermediates will find clear and colorful information here. It is also fun to read (a great quality especially for young people). The contents are:

1) the basics

2) the pieces and their moves

3) notation

4) winning and drawing

5) more about the pieces

6) tactical play

7) checkmate

8) opening play

9) endgame play

10) solutions to puzzles

11) glossary

For my needs it clearly achieves a 5 star rating. It is an inexpensive way to start a club or even to teach children. Not only that, but I will be teaching my wife tonight using this very book.

Thanks Gary!
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Charles Ashbacher HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
In my first week of the fourth grade, the teacher announced that everyone in the class was going to learn how to play chess. She believed that it was the best game to be incorporated into an educational scheme and she was right. We all learned and certain times each week were set aside for games of chess. It was a very popular time, as playing any game was preferable to doing other things like spelling and writing practice.

I am in complete agreement with this philosophy, firmly believing that everyone should learn to play chess. This book is an excellent way to start, which is what you would expect, given that Kasparov is considered the best chess player ever. He starts with a description of the pieces, how they can move and their power rankings. From this, he sets up the game and explains the basic goal of the game as well as the algebraic notation used to represent the movement of the pieces. Kasparov uses a series of situations to illustrate problems, such as how to force a (stale)mate from a specific orientation. Solutions to these problems are given at the end and many of them are nontrivial. You are really required to think hard before finding the answer to some of them.

Basic strategies such as classical openings, defenses, the pin, a skewer and back rank mating options are covered. The illustrations are very high quality and it could have been used as the textbook for my fourth grade class, where I first learned how to play. Adult beginners will also find it an excellent way to learn.

Published in Journal of Recreational Mathematics, reprinted with permission.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By P. Chappell on January 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
For a beginning player, the graphics are well done. Geared to a younger audience, the rules are explained so as to enhance retention. The examples in the back are well known to experienced players, but help the novice to more easily get up to speed.

Normally, someone of Kasparov's calibre is too far removed from the beginning level to explain things easily. This isn't the case here. I put this in our middle school library to help budding players get started. I've recommended it to others and will do so again for aspiring chess players.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By RuthAnn on January 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Yesterday I took a magnetic chess board I bought on Amazon to my weekly visit with an 86 year old friend who had stated a desire to try learning chess again. (We had both played with little skill or knowledge when we were younger.) I went online to find us the basics so we could stumble our way through our first game. I had this book when I got home and started reading it. I have already found three important moves we did not know about. (Granted, we were too impatient to read all the way through the online instruction!) Castling, pawns capturing pawns "en passant", and promoting pawns that reach the far side of the board will certainly make chess even more challenging!

I think the typeface will be easy for Nelda to read, and the graphical board representations are easier to see than some other books I paged through. The "3D" images may be harder for her to make out; that remains to be seen. I think the hardback format will also be easier for her to handle than a paperback, even if they typeface in the paperbacks were not too hard to read.

You don't need to be a child to appreciate this book. At 56 I am not ashamed to say I am finding it quite useful.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. Porter on June 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is perfect as a child's first book of chess. The colorful layout and bullet points plus more in-depth discussion really draw a reader in. Kasparov explains the concepts well. My 11 year old daughter has barely put the book down since receiving it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Paul in Potomac on February 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Very well laid out and clear, but my eight year old and five year old need it explained to them as we go along and only get some of it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By T. R. Young on August 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I found this book great and easy for learning the moves, and also the idea behind the game. Strategy is a little beyond this book but, good learning tool, "you gotta crawl before you walk!"
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