Author Archives: Jonathan Whitcomb

Best Gift of a Chess Book

Each of the following chess books are here given a brief review, for gift consideration: The Kids’ Book of Chess Beat That Kid in Chess Winning Chess Tactics for Juniors Many other good chess books are available, including How to … Continue reading

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A New Method: Using the Queen-Versus-Rook

How should a chess instructor teach basic tactics to advanced beginners or lower-ranked tournament players? Consider using the endgame of king-plus-queen versus king-plus-rook. What marvelous tactics can be taught in this kind of endgame! Few chess books have anything about the … Continue reading

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Best Chess Books in Various Categories

We’ll look at the following categories for chess books, whether to be used as a gift or for personal use: Openings in general Middle game End game For the early beginner For the intermediate player For the small child One … Continue reading

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New Chess Books for Beginners

A few of the newer books on chess, appropriate for beginners, at least apparently for novices of the game (see the comments in brackets) Beat That Kid in Chess ISBN-13: 978-1508856221      September 2, 2015 “This book has been carefully crafted … Continue reading

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Tit-for-tat Chess Game in Magna, Utah

I enjoyed playing two games with my new friend in Magna, Utah, the other day. In the one I label tit-for-tat, I was White. Tactics can be learned from a chess book, but experience over-the-board refines the learning process. This game … Continue reading

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Chess Game in a Movie

In the 1957 Swedish film The Seventh Seal, a man’s life depends on a game of chess. The title of the movie comes from the Book of Revelation in the Bible, although the film is not primarily Biblical. Many activities other than … Continue reading

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Chess Books for Teenagers

Gift Book or for You If you’re looking for a chess book to give to a teenager or if you are the teenager—either way, you need to consider the skill level of the reader. The following books are for those who already know the rules … Continue reading

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Third Rank Defense of Queen Versus Rook

Let’s look at the standard winning method against the Third Rank Defense in the queen versus rook end game. This is a challenging defense to break down. Diagram-1 of this variation of the queen-versus-rook Notice the key elements: Defending king … Continue reading

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Do Chess Books Help?

How much can a chess book help a player in competition? Step back and ask, “How much can a nonfiction instructional book help anybody?” We don’t read an algebra book like a novel, and improving our skill in playing chess … Continue reading

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Book “1001 Winning Chess Sacrifices and Combinations”

A few recent chess books may have outdone 1001 Winning Chess Sacrifices and Combinations, by Fred Reinfeld, in the numbers of their diagrams, but the older publication lead the way. It still stands as a classic in this form of chess … Continue reading

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Quoting From Chess Books

Various quotes of books on chess Let’s begin with two newer books on the royal game, including my own book. Beat That Kid in Chess (by Jonathan Whitcomb, 2015) I must tell you something I’ve learned over the past half … Continue reading

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Beating-Dad Versus Beating-a-Kid, at Chess

This is mainly about the book How to Beat Your Dad at Chess. What I now declare may appear weird: I have just written a chess book that appears, on the surface, to compete with this book, and yet I … Continue reading

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Winning a Chess Game by Patience

I recently played chess with a friend from church. The results may be instructive to lower-intermediate level players and possibly to some beginners. I played white. e4        e6 Nf3     Nf6     The Petroff’s Defense (also called the Russian Defense) Nxe5  Nc6?   … Continue reading

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How Does a Beginner Win a Chess Game?

How can a raw beginner win a game of chess against another raw beginner? I have a few suggestions: Read my book Beat That Kid in Chess;  when you play chess, apply what you learned Learn to imagine a move, … Continue reading

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Queen Versus Rook – Euwe Position

This is the Euwe position of the queen-versus-rook end game, named for Max Euwe, who was briefly the World Champion of chess in the early 1930’s. It is the defender’s move below, so what can black do? Diagram-1 Moving Rc8 soon … Continue reading

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“Beat That Kid in Chess” – A Book for Beginners

Update (Dec 3, 2015): My new paperback book Beat That Kid in Chess is for the early beginner, the player who knows the rules of chess but almost nothing else about the royal game (published Sep 2, 2015). This chess book … Continue reading

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