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Play Winning Checkers: Official Mensa Game Book (w/registered Icon/trademark as shown on the front cover) Paperback – August 19, 2009
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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.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I just wanted some basic info on how to play this game well, and this book provides it.Published 23 months ago by Cruizer
this is a good book for any one who wants to learn to play checkers and good for anyone who already plays checkersPublished on February 19, 2014 by Dale S Wright
I have brought this book out a few time when I was stuck and the computer had me. I showed me the correct moves.Published on January 16, 2014 by Rod Bassing
This Book about Play Winning Checkers: Official Mensa Game Book, is a great learning tool for the new and experienced checkers player. +++++Published on January 12, 2014 by Brian D. Workman