Chess Books for Kids

Millions of people love the game of chess for the challenge it provides. It's hard to imagine making it more challenging than it already is, but these versions add new twists that provide additional challenges and intriguing variety.

Chess Is Child's Play : Teaching Techniques That Work

Chess Is Child's Play : Teaching Techniques That Work
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This book is perfect for families that don't already have someone who knows how to play the game. It will show you how to play chess as you teach your child how to play. I really love this idea because it gives you yet another opportunity to bond with your child and create shared experiences. You and your child can play chess together for years to come. And who knows, at some point your child might be giving you tips on how to play.

Ages 3 to 12

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Chess for Children

Chess for Children
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The rules of chess are clearly explained to anyone, even those with no knowledge of the game, in other words, true beginners. What's unique about this book is that Kirsty, the Grand alligator of chess (self-proclaimed), tells his owner George tales that reinforce the lessons about the game. Young learners are sure to appreciate that twist, while still learning the game of chess.

Ages 9 and up

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Chess for Kids DK

DK Chess for Kids
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This book explains the game of chess from how to set up the pieces to how each piece moves to essential attack and defense strategies. In other words, your child will learn all she needs to know in order to play the game and play it well. After that, it will take practice. What some kids will appreciate about this book beyond the instruction on the game of chess is the additional information about chess that it provides. They will learn the how the game originated and its role in literature, language, and history.

Ages 8 to 14

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How to Beat Your Dad at Chess

How to Beat Your Dad at Chess
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How do you beat someone at chess? By checkmating him, of course. And that's what this book is about - 50 "deadly" checkmates. It considers basic attacking patterns one can expect in games, explaining each one simply and providing examples. When your child reaches the end of the book, he can test his pattern recognition skills. Even though Dad might not be Garry Kasparov, the last chapter will tell your child what to do if he is. So even really good players will need to be on their toes once your child get through this book.

Ages 9 to 12

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Chess Tactics for Kids

Chess Tactics for Kids
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Learning 50 deadly checkmate patterns will be useful, but so will learning 50 tricky tactics. What kind of tactics? The kind that masters use to win! They include "fork, pin, and skewer." While the end goal is to checkmate your opponent, you do need to play some before you get to that goal. This book provides the tricks needed in the middle of game play that helps a player reach that end goal.

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Chess for Juniors A Complete Guide for the Beginner

Chess for Juniors A Complete Guide for the Beginner
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This is another great book for beginners. It covers the basics, but then builds on that knowledge by providing clear instructions on playing the game in twenty graduated lessons. These lessons cover opening, middle, and endgame strategies, and are illustrated with more than 275 diagrams. The opening strategies include the Ruy Lopez, the Sicilian Defense, the Nimzo-Indian, the Queen's Indian Defense. The 1989 and 1990 national elementary and junior high school chess champions were students of the book's author, Robert M. Snyder.

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