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Simple Checkmates: More Than 400 Exercises for Novices of All Ages! Paperback – April 30, 1996
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Here is the classic guide to winning chess for beginners. Recommended by chess coaches the world over, it presents a wide range of specific chess positions and asks the reader to find the next move or series of moves that lead to checkmate -- with two diagrams per page and the answers spelled out underneath.
The beauty of Simple Checkmates is that it turns learning into a game. It's fun, it's fascinating, it's fundamental -- an invaluable tool for anyone who wants not only to play chess, but to win at chess. With more than 430 diagrams in all, this book is certain to take you -- or your children -- to a whole new level op play.
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Here is the classic guide to winning chess for beginners. Recommended by chess coaches the world over, it presents a wide range of specific chess positions and asks the reader to find the next move or series of moves that lead to checkmate - with two diagrams per page and the answers spelled out underneath. The beauty of Simple Checkmates is that it turns learning into a game. It's fun, it's fascinating, it's fundamental - an invaluable tool for anyone who wants not only to play chess, but to win at chess. With more than 430 diagrams in all, this book is certain to take you - or your children - to a whole new level of play.
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Top Customer Reviews
This is the method suggested in Rapid Chess Improvement. After you've completely mastered these positions, so that you solve them instantly, you can proceed to a harder set, maybe something by Reinfeld.
The format is designed for children, but that doesn't bother me at all. If it makes you feel better, donate it to a child after you've read it 5 times.
My teacher in school uses this book to set up problems for us to solve!
The book starts off with a bunch of mate in one problems, and then moves on to the mate in two problems. It is crucial for chess players to really ingrain these patterns into their head, especially if you like to play speed chess. There are about 430 problems all together.
If your rating is under 1000 you definitely need this book. If you are under 1400 it might still be good, so that you can make sure you can see the answers quickly. Most of them should pop out at you, so that in a five minute game you don't even have to think of it. These are the types of micro drills that Michael de la Maza talks about in his how to gain 400 points in 400 days articles that are critical to know.
You don't have to be a rank novice to benefit from this book. It can be of help even to people who have played the game, but who just want to broaden their understanding.
Also, since the material is presented in the form of puzzles, it doesn't contain wordy discussion of strategies. This is good in two ways: 1) it helps develop your ability to see the strategies directly on the board during a game, and 2) it makes this a perfect book for kids (I've used it with kids as young as 8, with a lot of success).
The layout of the book is uncluttered, with two problems per page and the answers to these problems listed at the bottom of the page. This feature adds greatly to the "user-friendly" nature of the book and avoids repeated excursions to the back of the book, which in a book of this nature (with over 400 problems to solve) would be a major headache.
There is instructional content in this book, but it is clear, concise and doesn't detract from the purpose of the book: to impart an understanding of basic mating concepts in chess and a recognition of these patterns in gameplay.
I would still consider myself a beginner to intermediate level player but it has helped me immensely in my understanding of this aspect of chess.
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