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Tactics in Chess Books

What do some chess books have to say about tactics? A great deal! The following brief book reviews relate to tactics in the royal game. We’ll stick to simply quoting from these five books. Beat That Kid in Chess (by … Continue reading

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Chess Books — What a Variety!

Countless thousands of books have been published on the game of chess, for a variety of players and readers. Your best choice can be greatly influenced by the following: Are you a beginner, post-beginner, lower-ranked club player, or tournament player? … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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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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“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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“How to Beat Your Dad at Chess”

Chess Book Review It was the best of books; it was the worst of books. For average chess beginners or the lower-intermediate-level players, how can this book simultaneously be the best and the worst, this bestseller on the royal game: How to Beat Your Dad at Chess?  It’s … Continue reading

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Teachings From and for the “Backyard Professor”

To begin, I enjoyed watching the Backyard Professor Youtube instructional video “Chess Psychology – Phenomenal Way to Turn Your Thinking Around and Win.” I enjoyed it enough that I plan on watching at least one more of his Youtube videos on chess. … Continue reading

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