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Product Details

  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (August 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439243859
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439243855
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 5.4 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #749,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 8 Up-A book for both beginning and advanced players. Pike points out the benefits of this multigenerational, all-inclusive, interactive game and recommends it to improve concentration and the ability to deal with complex situations. Early pages discuss the history of this ancient game. "Part Two" is devoted to strategy and tactics and offers over 50 easy-to-follow diagrams on plays at the beginning, middle, and closing of the game, and pitfalls such as the "doghole." Advice for setting up a checkers tournament (including a sample scorecard and schedule) and "Rules of Play and Laws for Standard American Checkers" (as well as variations) conclude the volume. The back cover folds out to become a board with numbered spaces so readers can follow along with the diagrams and the spiral binding makes the book easy to consult.-Edith Ching, St. Albans School, Mt. St. Alban, Washington, DC

Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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About the Author

Robert Pike is an American Checker Federation MA Champion. Graduating from Brown University, he served as a Navy Jet Carrier Pilot & then a sales/marketing executive in Health Care Companies with three medical device patents. Years ago he was introducing his grandchildren to this "Granddaddy of Boardgames" and their interest started him off on an extensive, but unsuccessful, search for a primer on this not-so-simple mind game. So he wrote "Winning Checkers For Kids" and, for younger audiences, "Checker Power." He also produced an award winning video, "Learning to Play Better Checkers" to incorporate visualization into the learning process. Pike's colorful checker materials and captivating classroom presentations have beenenthusiastically received by students and educators, who find that the "magic of checkers" provides a stimulating, multigenerational challenge that develops critical thinking, strategizing, problem solving, perseverance and attention span, while also building important social skills. His Checker Puzzles have been featured in "Highlights For Children" magazine. He lives in San Diego.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Newell VINE VOICE on May 25, 2002
Format: Spiral-bound
This book is fun, witty, and entertaining, and certainly will get you interested in playing serious checkers. But it won't help you very much.
The book mainly deals in a disorganized way with mid-game tactics and end-game situations. Interesting traps and shots are presented, along with problems that are too hard for most beginners. That's all there is; just a little about openings, for instance. I kept reading and rereading this book thinking there has to be more here, but I have yet to find it.
Read the book if you only wish to have your appetite stimulated, and then do your real study from a more complete book such as Reinfeld.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fmaxrobs on January 30, 2013
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Among other things, this book takes a well-considered swipe at checkers' image.

Images of rustics at the feedstore or of children playing checkers (draughts) do not stand up against images of elegant knights playing chess in some drafty castle. Chess's image is sophisticated; checkers' image is rough-hewn, homespun, simpletonish.
Some payers have excelled in both.

Granted checker's moves are simpler and easy to learn, but playing it well is anything but. Would critics of its simplicity direct such a critique equally to go moku or wei qi? (Different games with the same board and players.) If they know what those game are, they also know better.

This book will make a conscientious reader a devastating player.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 76usa76 on June 12, 2010
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This is not a primer on how to play checkers. What its main goal is to teach you to think out your moves to advance your game. I cant say it will make you a champion, but if you follow the authors guidelines you will develope into a better player.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William W. Roberts on April 11, 2005
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I got this book to help me explain checkers to my daughter. It has been a great help in explaining the moves and significantly better than the other three books I acquired. The attached checker board was a big help. The book is easy to read and follow. I wish I could have had this book when I started playing checkers!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Win on April 2, 2010
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"Play winning checkers" has enabled me to do just that!!I've climbed to the top of the family checker ladder by applying what now seems like obvious strategy and tactics to my old lackluster game--thanks to Mr. Pike.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Carl A. Harder on October 10, 2009
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Since reading "Play Winning Checkers" I have seen a marked improvement in my win/loss record both at home and on the internet. I'm enjoying the wonderfull game of Checkers more than ever, thanks to the insights and tactics that this excellent instructual book has exposed me to.
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