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 for the raw beginner who wants to win a chess game as soon as possible.” [assuming you already know the rules; but if you know how to move the pieces, this may be the best beginner book on chess]


Chess: The Complete Guide . . .

ISBN-13: 978-1515071426      July 13, 2015

“You’ll go from newbie to aspiring grandmaster in just a few moves.” [not really, unless you can read a book on golf today, play your first golf game next week, and win $20,000 for playing golf next month; but in spite of the exaggeration this book’s fairly popular]


Chess: Conquer your Friends with 8 Easy Principles

ISBN-13: 978-1508510635      February 2, 2015

Sub-title: “A Cheat Sheet for Casual Players and Post-Beginners” [but a few reader-reviewers consider this chess book too much like a cheat sheet: too brief]


Chess: From Beginner to Pro (Kindle)

ASIN: B011HCYDJS      July 12, 2015

“Chess, a two-player strategy game, may appear simple to the casual observer” [from a few of the reviews, this Kindle book cannot come close to getting anyone near “pro” level]


Chess: How to Play Chess for (Absolute) Beginners

ISBN-13: 978-1515070115      July 13, 2015

“The Game of Kings is Now at your Fingertips! Join the Casual Chess Revolution Today!” [This could be a great chess book, but it appears to teach only the rules; if all you want is a book to help you learn the rules of the game, this may be the best one]


Chess: Tactics & Openings To Dominate Your Opponent (Kindle)

ASIN: B00Y7QO748      May 24, 2015

Subtitle: “Suitable For Beginners – Including Diagrams & Images (Chess Openings, Chess Tactics, Checkers, Board … Chess Patterns, Checkmate, Puzzles & Games)” [You have a right to be suspicious of a chess book that has “checkers” in the subtitle; this book appears to be far from ideal for the beginner who wants to learn basic chess tactics]



Chess Books for Teenagers

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. [Beat That Kid in Chess and the older book for intermediate players: How to Beat Your Dad at Chess]

Brief Reviews of Chess Books

Some for beginners and some for those with intermediate skills

New Chess Book for Beginners

Many small details can make an infinite difference in chess, and these can be created in nearly-identical positions. Consider what can happen when a book has no such near-duplicates: Students can unconsciously memorize general appearances and fail to look carefully, and failure to look at a position with care often leads to losing a game.

How to Beat Your Dad at Chess

Comparing three chess books

Best Chess Book for Beginners

It may be rare for two chess books to differ greatly inside when they look very similar on the cover. Yet that’s the case with Beat That Kid in Chess and How to Beat Your Dad at Chess. The first is for beginners; the second is for more experienced players.


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