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Play Winning Checkers (Mensa®) Spiral-bound – June 30, 1999
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From School Library Journal
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.
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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.