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A chess book for those who teach children Chess is Child’s Play can help parents and other adults, in a big way, to teach kids to play chess. From page 12: “Chess is far more than just a fun game for bright kids. Numerous studies have been done around the world, exploring the relationship between chess and education. The results are astounding. “Some governments have made chess a mandatory part of children’s education . . .”
Chess Books to Explore
Much of this chess book is about the rules: how to teach them to children
This chess book is for the novice, the “raw” beginner who knows the rules of the game but little else about chess
For the beginner, of whatever age, who can play chess but wants to win Beat That Kid in Chess can teach the reader how to win a game, even if he or she knows only the rules of chess. In spite of the title and the cover, this book is best for the teenager, adult, or older child, and it’s about winning against players of any age, not just “that kid.” The back cover of the book says, “Do you know the rules but almost nothing more about chess? This is the best book for the early beginner. . . . After the lessons in the first eight chapters, you can see your progress in simple exercizes and then in the more-advanced exercises, as you become ready. . . .” Also from the back cover: “Checkmate, pin, knight fork—those are demonstrated and explained, but how much more is given to you in this chess book for early beginners!”
For the tournament player who wants to be prepared in openings Fundamental Chess Openings, (FCO), is a huge volume of many variations of how to begin a game of chess. From the Introduction: How much theory should a player know? The most severe answer to this has to be ‘everything,’ the softest ‘as much as you like’ and the profoundest ‘nothing.’ All three are correct. “Knowledge of opening theory is a double-edged sword. The player who knows a lot will undoubtedly profit by his knowledge, but he may also live in constant fear of meeting an opponent who knows even more. . . . In short, he who lives by the sword shall die by the sword.”
“A new one-volume guide to all the chess openings” — F.C.O. (2009)
A chess book along with a chess set [Grade 4 up] “Instead of technical language and difficult diagrams, The Kids' Book of Chess explains all the basic elements of the game in a colorful, dramatic story of the medieval battlefield that the chessboard represents. All the pieces from pawn to king are introduced according to the role they play in the chess game and compared to their actual role in medieval life.” [School Library Journal]