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Checkmate!: My First Chess Book (Everyman Chess) Hardcover – October 1, 2004
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From the Back Cover
An ideal chess guide for beginners
Covers all the crucial rules and aims
Introduces all aspects of the game
Written by a legend of the chess world
About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
To me, a great technician doesn't always translate to a great teacher. No doubt Kasparov was the former, but after reading this book he is definitely the latter as well. I believe it is an excellent book for beginners and even intermediates will find clear and colorful information here. It is also fun to read (a great quality especially for young people). The contents are:
1) the basics
2) the pieces and their moves
4) winning and drawing
5) more about the pieces
6) tactical play
8) opening play
9) endgame play
10) solutions to puzzles
For my needs it clearly achieves a 5 star rating. It is an inexpensive way to start a club or even to teach children. Not only that, but I will be teaching my wife tonight using this very book.
Normally, someone of Kasparov's calibre is too far removed from the beginning level to explain things easily. This isn't the case here. I put this in our middle school library to help budding players get started. I've recommended it to others and will do so again for aspiring chess players.
I think the typeface will be easy for Nelda to read, and the graphical board representations are easier to see than some other books I paged through. The "3D" images may be harder for her to make out; that remains to be seen. I think the hardback format will also be easier for her to handle than a paperback, even if they typeface in the paperbacks were not too hard to read.
You don't need to be a child to appreciate this book. At 56 I am not ashamed to say I am finding it quite useful.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ended up being book that was same a chess set I purchased. Looking for something different. My fault.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Got this for my son (12, on the spectrum). He likes it, I feel really dumb. Chess is over my head.Published 2 months ago by StaceySimGirl
This has been a great book to work through with my daughter(8) as I teach her chess.Published 6 months ago by D. Clark
Arrived on time. I have purchased several beginner's chess books and this, by far, has been the best (clue, it's simplified) Don't purchase it if you have a BIG EGO. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Janet
Another slick, basic chess book by Kasparov. Compliments his Check Mate Tactics book nicely. Wish that he'd written a playing advancement series of books such as this.Published 6 months ago by Chessnut
It's OK. Get an impression that the author does not want kids to know too much about chess.
Strange choice of colors for the depictions of the board.