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Chess: From First Moves to Checkmate Paperback – April 13, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Kingfisher; Third Edition, New edition edition (April 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753419300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753419304
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,771,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Gr. 4-12. International Grandmaster King's latest book on chess is a real gem. He begins with a brief look at chess history, from ancient India to the present. He then explains each chess piece, describes the algebraic notation of the board, explains special moves, and shows how to open the game and use effective strategies. Throughout, he offers training exercises, strategy quizzes, and trivia, all of which add depth and texture to his explanations. The computer-generated graphics are staggering. The colorful, multi-image illustrations are not only aesthetically appealing but also crystal clear and very effectively placed to enhance the text. They are certain to make this irresistible to browsers curious about the game as well as chess enthusiasts. Back matter includes information on the World Chess Championship competitions; a tribute to Garry Kasparov, the greatest chess champ of all time; the devious "gamesmanship" of psyching out an opponent; and the latest developments in computerized chess challenges. Roger Leslie
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King"s latest book on chess is a real gem. The computer-generated graphics are staggering. Certain to make this irresistible to browsers." --Booklist

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I enjoyed the full color photos and puzzles.
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The best feature of the book is that the strategic moves of the game are well illustrated on the chess board in color page-by-page with simple instructions.
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This is a great book for someone who is learning/ just started to play chess.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

97 of 97 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is one of two books written at about a high school reading level that I like that will show a beginner the piece movements, rules and simple strategies (like controlling the centre in the openings). The other book is more text bookish, Learn Chess (author is Alexander) with better instruction but not so full of colour and illustrations. I also like the Juniors Chess for Beginners that is at my reading level and very complete. I first learn chess in England, then have been playing in some chess tournaments that are scholastic.

A very good point is that this book is full of colour and the illustrations are very good. Nice to leave on the table top in the living room, and not to be stuck in the boot when driving! Enjoy!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Norman Wheelock on April 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I have used this book as a supplement to teach my three children how to play chess. The book is nicely illustrated, clearly written, and easily read. If you are looking for one reference book to use at home then I would encourage you to consider this volume as a finalist.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John L Murphy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Looking in my large public library for an introductory book to teach myself chess, I could not find any appropriate title on the adult shelf. Many sports and games sections tend to be ransacked by borrowers and often titles have been stolen or at least gone missing as far as I can tell! In the teen section, I was surprised to find only Daniel King's primer.

The alluring combination of computer-generated graphics and simple text attracted me. I cannot judge the accuracy of King's technical remarks, but as an absolute beginner, I can attest to the helpfulness of his presentation. The book's only about sixty pages, with lots of art and minimal text. Very little on the game's origins and evolution. But, the board's diagrammed in an easily discerned series of illustrations, taking you from how each piece moves quickly into notation (a very brisk presentation that may well need supplementing with other materials), check and checkmate, and en passant and castling. These latter two options are not always given much detail, however, and the same note as for the notation applies.

Part two enters into what to do once you know how the pieces move. After all, many primers devote much time to what can be memorized, frankly, in a few minutes. King's concerned about openings, whisking you into the charts for forks, pins and skewers before attacks, sacrifices, and draws. He then offers training exercises and test situations (with answers on another page) to hone your knowledge.

The latter part of the book surveys the world of championships, famous players, and fun facts.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on May 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
All you ever wanted and needed to know about the game of Chess! This book has it all. It tells the laws of chess for beginners and even has puzzles and tips for players who have been playing longer. It doesn't stop there! It goes on to teach about the history of chess and some of it's greatest players.

I enjoyed the full color photos and puzzles.

Yes It's great for children and adults who are interested in the game of Chess.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C-los on August 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a great book for someone who is learning/ just started to play chess.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Erika Sorocco on December 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
As someone who has always wanted to learn how to play Chess, I was ecstatic to come across Daniel King's CHESS: FROM FIRST MOVES TO CHECKMATE. King, an International Grandmaster in the world of Chess, has created a fabulous, easy-to-understand book about the laws of Chess that is perfect for both children and adults. With information about the history of the game of Chess, wonderful digital diagrams, and a glossary full of Chess websites and organizations, this book has it all. CHESS: FROM FIRST MOVES TO CHECKMATE is a must have for beginners to the most advanced players, for it features something for everyone.

Erika Sorocco

Book Review Columnist for The Community Bugle Newspaper
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen T. Hicks on August 1, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This chess book is great for beginners. It shares the history of chess. It reviews many former chess world champions. There is not enough information, regarding opening chess moves, for an average chess player.
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