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How to Beat Your Dad at Chess (Gambit Chess) Hardcover – October 1, 1998
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Without knowing these patterns you will miss many important opportunities in your game. HOW TO BEAT YOUR DAD AT CHESS has 50 of the most important patterns. By looking at the title and cover it may at first appear to be just a book for kids, but it is for all ages (though not for a beginner).
[...]The cover may look silly, and the title may not really tell you what the book is all about, but it is well organized and should be a fine addition to additional books on other parts of tactics.
I highly recommend this as an important and excellent book for those who are intermediate skilled chess players.
If you are thinking of getting Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess then don't and get How To Beat Your Dad At Chess instead because it is better.
You can learn the back rank and legels checkmates and a lot more to help you win.
* 50 patterns, 2 pages each
* For each pattern, a brief description of the elements which must be present. (This is similar to more advanced checkmate books, but at a very simple level.)
* Then, a couple of diagrams with arrows, showing the motion of the key pieces, with the moves written below. Very good for improving visualization, so you might spot the pattern later.
* Then another similar pattern, with 2 diagrams.
* Then a couple of positions for you to work out yourself, with solutions directly underneath.
* And finally, near the back of the book, a set of a few dozen positions. They include theme numbers for you to use as hints if necessary. Solutions are separate. This reinforces the learning.
These are all attacks on the castled king, not How To Take Advantage of Opening Blunders, or How To Solve Unlikely Chess Positions. These positions can actually occur in your games, even Fischerandom. The attacks are simple, but not obvious. Some are even by the Black pieces!
Nice hardcover for a thin book. Large diagrams. Feels great in your hands. Very well-designed.
Excellent book for someone rated between 1200 and 1500. I keep it in the bathroom. (I use different chess books in different ways. I take tactics puzzles to the gym. I always keep a chessboard handy for endgame books. I use a miniature set for studying openings. And I follow along with game anthologies by using a computer database and watching the computer analysis. And I am improving rapidly.)
Do one theme (two pages) per day. In two months you'll have actually finished an entire chessbook, and you'll miss it! You will find yourself improving your own defenses because you'll know what to look out for. One of the few chess books you'll actually read cover to cover, and it's cheap for a hardcover.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good book, not suitable for new students to the game, I bough it for my 8 year old as a starter book, she finds it difficult to read . Read morePublished 25 days ago by Michael John Marshall
I am only on the 12th example, but so far I'm thoroughly impressed. I am already gaining a much better understanding of the end game. I really like how it's laid out.Published 2 months ago by C. Nowak
doesn't make it any easier to teach than any other kids chess bookPublished 5 months ago by asher hoffman
Really fun Chess book for kiddos new and learning chess. My oldest son has Aspergers (a type of Autism) and because of this, social interactions can be difficult. Read morePublished 6 months ago by YankeesBabe83
I am a US Chess expert who teaches as a volunteer for the Chicago Chess Center, and I often (sheepishly) give a copy of this book to my ADULT students after their first... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bill Brock
I purchased this book and also Chess Tactics for Kids on Kindle for my 11 year old. He read both books. He read this book second. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Anna Uriburu