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Chess for Kids Hardcover – January 10, 2001


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 9
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: DK CHILDREN (January 10, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078946540X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789465405
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Gr. 4-8. International Master Basman puts 20 years of experience teaching children how to play chess into this systematic, succinct, and thorough book. Dedicating each page to a different topic, he guides readers through the rudiments of the game, from explaining the pieces and setting up the board to special moves, essential techniques, and attack and defense strategies that players must know to win. Especially interesting for readers entirely new to the game are anecdotes in the "Check it out" section, which explain the origins of chess and how the game has figured in literature, language, and even history. A solid introduction for novices and good for skilled players wanting to develop their strategies and find out about chess clubs and tournaments. Roger Leslie
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About the Author

Michael Basman became hooked on chess at the age of ten and has been playing ever since. He has taken part in several Olympics and in 1973 swept the board at the British Chess Championships. Since becoming an International Master in 1981, he has dedicated his time to teaching school children, and in 1996 set up the UK Chess Challenge, an annual event that attracts thousands of new players every year.

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Customer Reviews

My 7 year old son was thrilled to receive this book.
Suzi Patty
It moves into more complex issues like piece valuation and notation.
Neal Bruce
This is a GREAT book for kids (or adult) learning chess.
Y. Leventhal

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

132 of 138 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
CHESS FOR KIDS will get you started with the the very basic rules and will teach you some starting strategies and tactics.

Good Things about this book:

1) It covers the rules you need to know as a non-tournament player.

2) It covers just enough strategy and ideas to get you started.

3) Lots of Colour - makes it look attractive.

Not Good Things about this book:

1) It is written so that young kids cannot understand the level of reading level (should come with a notice: Batteries Required, Opps! I mean older reader required to help young readers),

2) The order of things is out of wack sometimes. This can make the learning confusing.

There are better books written for the beginner or children. For a teen or older Learn Chess by Alexander and Beach is much better organized and has a lot more depth. There are a couple chess books for the junior beginner that have a lower reading level.
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141 of 149 people found the following review helpful By Z. Helms on October 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
No doubt about it - the graphics and picutures in CHESS FOR KIDS are excellent. This is what I consider to be the good points of the book, now on to the weaknesses,

The weaknesses are:

The order in which the material is given needs some improving. This is not the exact order that a kid (or an adult) should be taught. This creates a degree of confusion.

The level of reading is not well suited for young kids to learn from, and

Some of the ways that things are explained, such as in the rules and certain aspects of strategies could use some improvement.
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79 of 81 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I have read about 6 chess books in my school library. I didnot find the teaching to be as serious as it should be for kids over 8 years old. I learned a lot more from "Chess For Juniors" and "ideas Behind the Chess Openings" in the library.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 7, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book has inspired both of my children, ages 11 and 8, to play chess. Learning chess is an overwhelming subject, but the way Michael Basman presents it makes it very manageable and understandable for kids. The pictures are wonderful, and there is a section describing each piece, so kids can easily refer to the book as they play. The book gives basics, then more complex information, but this information is separated so that it is easy for a child to read only the part he is interested in at the time. This makes the book an excellent choice for both younger kids and older kids, and even for adults.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I like the pictures in the book. The book has a lot of things in it. But the reading is too hard for me (I am a good reader for 8) so my parents said I should let other kids know that for young kids like me it is hard reading. But the book is still good.
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This would be a very nice book if you are a parent who will be reading it to a younger kid who cannot read very well yet. Otherwise the reading is more at a teenage level at least.

The pictures and graphical things are very good! Some of the more advanced rules are a little confusing.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Y. Leventhal on March 4, 2002
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a GREAT book for kids (or adult) learning chess. One doesn't need to want to become a master of chess to buy this book. It has simple games that anyone can enjoy (my two kids are 3 and 6). Just the simple pawn game is well worth the money. In the end, it demystifies chess and makes the game fun and accessible to little kids. Worth every penny!
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Justin Edwards on January 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is indeed a book where pictures are used for entertainment purposes and not a serious book for an older kid to learn from.
OK for smaller kids.
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