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Product Details

  • Series: Chess for Everyone
  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (November 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595482066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595482061
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #851,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robert M. Snyder is a National Master and chess educator whose students have won thirty-six individual first place titles (a national record) in championship sections at the National Scholastic Championships. His teams have won first place in championship sections at the National Scholastic Championships ten times. He has introduced chess to more than 170,000 students. In 1983 Mr. Snyder founded the Chess for Juniors club, which grew to become one of the largest and most active clubs in the nation. He currently gives instruction to individual students by providing lessons and game analysis through the Internet (www.chessforeveryone.com). Mr. Snyder is also author of Unbeatable Chess Lessons, Winning Chess Traps, Winning Chess Tournaments, More Unbeatable Chess Lessons and Basic Chess Tactics.

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Another great effort by the master chess teacher, Robert Snyder.
Bruce I. Galler
Perhaps a more experienced player would disagree with me on the importance of this concept, but so far it has not proven useful to me.
Frank Jon
It also contains chapters on tactics and endgames that give you important basic patterns to increase your knowledge of the game.
Calvin Olson

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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Calvin Olson on July 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
The revised and updated version of the old "Chess for Juniors" is now available under the title "Chess for Everyone". It's still the same great book for beginners in 20 lessons. After giving the rules of the game and chess notation in the first five lessons, the book trains the reader in the basics of opening, middlegame, and endgame strategy. When you are finished you will have a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of chess.
And the author does not leave the aspiring player stranded at that point. He has four other volumes in the "Chess for Everyone" series. In "Unbeatable Chess Lessons" he gives 24 games with explanation for every move to help you gain complete understanding of the ideas. This approach is continued in "More Unbeatable Chess Lessons" containing another 24 games. You can gain greater understanding of opening principles with "Winning Chess Traps". It shows you how to take advantage of situations where a player violates opening principles. And, to round out your chess education he wrote "Winning Chess Tournaments" to help you understand how to compete in chess tournaments. It also contains chapters on tactics and endgames that give you important basic patterns to increase your knowledge of the game.
The aim of the series is to take the player from beginner to the point of being a very strong player.
With this series you definitely get value for you money!
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Larry F. Alexander on July 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
Chess for Everyone offers an very clear and detailed explanations of chess rules, thank you! Of course how the pieces move, check, checkmate, castling (I have to remember to do that more often) and my favorite en passant are covered in a way we here can grasp them. It was fun exploring and practicing the chess tactics presented such as the form, skewer (not BBQ), pin, discovered attack (I'm usually the one discovering), sacrifices and traps. You need this book so you or your kids don't get embarrassed by Fools Mate, Scholars Mate or the dreaded Backrank Mate. Other mates are covered as well. Didn't know there were so many. It won't take much reading to to grasp short games, endgames, checkmates and more; turning the average Joe (me) into a decent chess player.
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43 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Bruce I. Galler on July 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
Another great effort by the master chess teacher, Robert Snyder. The remake of 'Chess for Juniors' has been updated and improved. The improvements include adding opening information, more detailed explanations at critical points and a less cramped, easier to read format. It is extremely complete in covering everything that a beginner needs to know to take him/her to the next level. It is a great book for students in grade 4 on up to adult. It is well organized and very suitable for textbook use by chess teachers. It uses a building format where lessons expand on material thorughout the twenty graduated lessons. It is one of only a few 'beginner' books that are part of a comprehensive series that allows for direct follow-up material that is consistant. There are currently 5 books in print. In 2009, 'Basic Chess Tactics: A Tactical Pattern Recognition Workbook for the Classroom' is scheduled for release. The 'Chess for Everyone Teacher's Textbook Guide' is unlike any other teacher guide in that it provides lesson plans and information on how to teach chess to be used in conjunction with 'Chess for Everyone'.
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43 of 52 people found the following review helpful By DaBrandoChipper on February 5, 2010
Format: Paperback
Robert Snyder, the author of this book, plead guilty in 2007 to charges of molesting children who happened to be members of the chess team he was coaching. After serving his sentence, he was supposed to serve an extended period of probabtion in which he was to register as a sex offender every 90 days. Instead, Synder fled to another country and assumed a false name. But after appearing on America'a most wanted, he was eventually captured by police and is now once again behind bars.

Added to his list of shady activities is the fact that he and his compadres in the chess community have manipulated the reviews of his books here on Amazon for years. Dont believe me? Just check out how many of his reviews are written by people in Colorado, his home state. Also, check out how many helpful votes some of these fake 5 star reviews are getting. One of these reviews has recieved OVER 900 helpful votes!! Are you kidding? For a chess book?!?!?! That is a fraud. These streams of 5 star reviews are nothing more than advertisements. They are NOT, by and large, reviews from unbiased readers. I cannot believe Amazon has not caught up to this scam.

I know the reviews should be based only on the material in the book, but I believe the public needs to be aware of what is going on before deciding to purchase an item written by this individual. If you want to read quality chess books by someone who has an ounce of respect for children, I would highly recommend the series by Seirawan or any of the books by Silman. You cant go wrong with Pandolfini either.
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