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  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Second Revised Edition edition (June 1, 1956)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780486203638
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486203638
  • ASIN: 0486203638
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #617,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Now I enjoy playing it on the internet with another person and am doing much better.
Betty
Now, as a lifetime member of the American Checkers Federation, I look at the 100+ books and can honestly say that this one is the best.
K. A. Noren
This book has provided great information, strategies and methods that have greatly improved my skills.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 20, 1997
Format: Paperback
Hopper's book is one of-if not the-best available for the player who wants to become" a pretty good" player. It contains basic information about the the game that will take you a step above the average player. For example ,there are several common techniques for pulling off two for one and two for three jumps. After finishing the book--and practicing a little-- you will be a better player and have a better understanding of this much misunderstood game. It's a rare book: good and cheap
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Bill Oxford on January 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
I began playing checkers at YAHOO a few months ago. Got killed. When I was a young boy (48 now) I remember getting beat at checkers by my older sisters to the point where I would get so angry that I'd throw the board across the room during the game. And so, once again I was getting stomped by 15 year old Austrailians. I read this book. And re-read it. And studied it. Now I WIN most of the time. It's a very fast way to become a good intermediate player. Buy it!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Rasmussen on July 10, 2010
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Millard Hopper's "Win at Checkers" is a good book if not a great one. There are far more useful books for the rank beginner. As one of those rank beginners I consulted an excellent resource, Mr. Bob Newell of Checker Maven, who suggested the other books listed here. I have since devoured the four books and rank them in order from most to least useful and also in the order they should be read.

Best to least:

"Starting Out in Checkers" by Richard Pask
"Checkers Made Easy" by Arthur Reisman
"How to Win at Checkers" by Fred Reinfeld
"Win at Checkers" by Millard Hopper

Order to be read:

"Checkers Made Easy" by Arthur Reisman
"Starting Out in Checkers" by Richard Pask
"How to Win at Checkers" by Fred Reinfeld
"Win at Checkers" by Millard Hopper

This is not to say that "Win at Checkers" is without merit, but for the beginner Mr. Hopper's approach is neither as methodical nor as comprehensive as the others. In these respects, Richard Pask's book excels and that's why I rank it first. Good work, Mr. Pask! Unfortunately, you may have a difficult time finding a new copy at a reasonable price. It originally sold for $12.95 and now even used copies are going for around $15 minimum, plus shipping. That said, get it; you won't be sorry.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Newell VINE VOICE on May 19, 2002
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If you know little about "real" checkers this is the book to get you started. It is entertaining and witty and helps you learn conceptual thinking about the game. It covers tactics ("pitches" and "shots") and important endgame positions. I didn't rate it 5 stars because it is really light on opening play; you'll need another book such as Reinfeld's for that. The book is inexpensive yet contains hours of useful instruction. If you've played on-line, stared at the board and wondered "what next" or if you're losing because of blunders, this is THE book to read first.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. A. Noren on March 2, 2008
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Here's my story:
My brother is a chess Master...but he also is an accomplished checker player. It was checkers that helped us become, what I consider, "best friends". He used to beat me all the time at checkers, but it didn't bother me, because I was learning. Then I found this book. The tables turned.

Now, as a lifetime member of the American Checkers Federation, I look at the 100+ books and can honestly say that this one is the best.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Leong on February 25, 2006
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The strategies and tactics in this book are great; however, the writing style of the author is a little stiff and makes it a bit more difficult to follow through parts of the book.

It should be noted that there are actually few good checkers book published at all. Chess is more complex, and therefore tomes upon tomes have been published about it. However, the relative simpleness of the game of checkers should then draw many more people to learn how to play this game.

Becoming skilled at checkers, then, is one of the objectives the author has achieved (the book was first published in 1956 and is a revision of the work originally published by A.S. Barnes in 1941).

This book, truly, is a classic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob Krone on November 27, 2009
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As a child growing up, I always thought about ordering this book, because it was offered as a small paperback booklet edition for only a quarter (and I quote): ". . . twenty-five cents in coin to cover cost, mailing, and handling. DO NOT SEND STAMPS." from HALSAM PRODUCTS CO., Box C, 4114 Ravenswood Ave., Chicago 13, ILL. This booklet offer was a small flyer enclosed with my brand new HALSAM Checkers Set purchased by my grandfather, circa 1952.

I regret not having ordered the full-blown edition of this fine book sooner. Now my own grandkids will someday enjoy reading and learning Checkers from this "World Checker King," Millard Hopper, a classic that should be in every family's table top game library.
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