- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 2 - 6
- Series: Gambit Chess
- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: Gambit Publications; Gambit chess edition (October 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1901983056
- ISBN-13: 978-1901983050
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 272 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How to Beat Your Dad at Chess (Gambit Chess) Hardcover – October 1, 1998
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Gambit Publications specialises in chess and has an unrivalled reputation for originality and editorial excellence. The company is owned and staffed entirely by leading chess masters and grandmasters.
About the Author
Grandmaster Murray Chandler finished second in the World Cadet Championship in 1976, ahead of Garry Kasparov, whom he defeated in their individual game. He remains to this day one of the few players in the world with a 100% score against Kasparov. He was a key member of the England team that won the silver medals in Chess Olympiads three times during the 1980s, and went on to captain the team in 1994. He is proprietor and Editor-in-Chief of the British Chess Magazine and the author of several successful chess books.
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This is definitely one of those cases where you "can't judge a book by it's cover" because the Art on the cover is a bit cheesy. Honestly, I think the author may want to rethink it and give the cover a little reboot. It's not really a known children's chess book and I really think it's because people are being discouraged to pick it up and look at it. Again, I know you shouldn't judge a book that way, but it's sometimes hard not too. The cover is what you see first and could be the deciding factor.
I did love the tittle, I thought I will mention how much of a kick his dad got out of that!
Why? Illustrations aside, it's a wonderful book for teaching the most common checkmating patterns. Recognizing these patterns is only a small part of the tactical competency that beginners need to acquire in order to become strong amateurs. But it's an essential component, the exercises are beautiful (not boring) and fun. Because checkmate is our goal, we can make forcing moves that would otherwise be ridiculous if they didn't achieve our goal. Hey, checkmate ends the game.
Many experienced adult players at the Class D level (competent tournament players) will be able to solve 60% of the exercises on sight. But most of these players can progress to solving 95%+ on sight. That's meaningful progress!
This is NOT AT ALL the best book for absolute beginners. Chess for Children (co-authored by Chandler & Helen Milligan) fits that bill, and Coakley's WInning Chess Strategy for Kids is a great second book. (The more absolute beginner books a beginner reads—or works through with a parent or coach—the better!) Most young players probably shouldn't read it until they've been playing for at least six months (your mileage may vary). But it is a great book for those who are ready for it.
Tactics is of course much more than mating combinations, but there's a lot to learn about mating combinations themselves. Henkin's 1000 Checkmate Combinations and Reinfeld's 1001 Brilliant Ways to Checkmate are both good follow-ups to Chandler.