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Chess for Children [Hardcover]

Murray Chandler , Helen Milligan
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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Book Description

1 April 2004
With this charming book, children will delight in learning the basic moves of chess - the most popular and challenging strategy game of all. All the rules of chess are clearly explained, step by step, assuming no prior knowledge. The lessons are reinforced by the inventive tales that George is told by his pet alligator Kirsty, self-proclaimed Grand Alligator of chess.

Chess is recognized in many countries as a useful tool for developing creative thinking in children. Although chess can be regarded as a rather complex and mysterious game, the rules themselves are straightforward. It doesn't take long to learn how the pieces move, and even children as young as five can enjoy exciting games. They will also thoroughly enjoy outwitting friends and relatives!

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Gambit Publications Ltd (1 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904600069
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904600060
  • Product Dimensions: 28.1 x 21.6 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gambit Publications specialises in chess and has an unrivalled reputation for originality and editorial excellence. The company is owned and staffed entirely by leading chess masters and grandmasters.

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165 of 167 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicest introduction to chess I have ever seen 21 Feb 2006
I have seen countless books on chess aimed at youngsters over the years, but this is probably the nicest introduction I have ever seen, aimed at primary school children. The problem with so many books is that they are too ambitious, too wordy or just downright boring, but such criticisms in no way apply to this latest addition.
The game is taught through the medium of a cartoon character, George, and his pet alligator, Kirsty, a self-proclaimed Grand Alligator of Chess. The large format pages and large diagrams are easier on the young eye, and the language is readily accessible to a young age group.
The book consists of six parts. Part One covers the basics of how the pieces move, then subsequent parts take the young beginner through a succession of easy, welldefined stages, until by the end of the book you are able to play through and understand a complete game. The book is also very much inter-active, as there are tests interspersed at regular intervals throughout.
As I said earlier, over-ambition is the main problem with so many beginners books, but here the authors have set out with the very limited objective of getting the child started on a very basic level. Opening theory, middlegame strategy and endgame technique have no place here. The emphasis is on learning the basics in an enjoyable manner. If you have a young child or relative who wants to learn chess, then I can thoroughly recommend this book, which in addition to everything I have already said comes at a very reasonable price.
This review first appeared in the magazine En Passant.
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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Friendly and Inspirational 28 Mar 2007
By Aurora
I'm currently working leisurely through this book with my 7 year old daughter. My daugter is finding it very approachable and so am I as someone who is a bit rusty on the game. I have found it very inspirational. My daughter had no problem in understanding and interpreting the section on algebraic notation. We played through the listed game and it spurred me on to download a couple of famous games which we also played through and discussed together. The chapter end tests and suggested practice exercises are at the right level to encourage rather than overwhelm. The format is clear and of good quality. Along with the other reviewers I heartily recommend this book as a fun introduction to chess that young children and their parents can enjoy exploring together.
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110 of 114 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Beginner Book I have seen 5 Feb 2005
Finally a learn chess book really written for children! We found this in Waterstones en route to a family holiday, and my 6 year old adored it. This book teaches how to play chess, and assumes no previous knowledge of the game. Your child can either read the book themselves, or it can make a guide for you to teach them.
The book starts by teaching the very basics, and not taking things too fast. The moves of the pawn and pieces are taught step-by-step, via a series of very large and very clear chess diagrams. Arrows point out the options, and the production quality of the chess boards is excellent.
Illustrations are nicely done, and low key, which I like a lot. This is a book which has the genuine aim of teaching chess, and does it property.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chess for Children 20 July 2009
By A. Hall
This is a great book for learning to play chess. It is clearly written in a style which is easy and fun to read, with "terribly tough tests" along the way to check your knowledge. Suitable for quite young children, from around 6 up, who want to learn to play
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chess for Children 2 April 2011
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When my 6 year old son announced he wanted to join Chess Club, I was a bit bemused. I hadn't played since I was a child and could hardly remember how to set up the board. Being a great believer that there is a 'book for everything' I looked up a few on Amazon and this seemed to fit the bill. I was very pleased with it - it is clearly set out, with diagrams, and starts at the real basics - how to set the board up, how to move the pieces, what the aim of the game is, etc. Later in the book are more challenging moves, how to make an opening move and other help with playing - and winning - games. All the way along, there are little tests to complete. For example, the first test shows some boards and the child has to say which pieces are missing or how they move. The tests are fairly easy and built my sons confidence as he progressed through the book, as well as fixing the information into his mind that pieces cannot jump other pieces and how and where pieces can move. All in all, it is a great book and I highly recommend it. My son was able to read it alone, although we did, initially, read it together. It helped to have a chess board on hand to try out the moves, but the book did work well on it's own as a teacher. I was very pleased with it and think it is a great aid to starting out in chess.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 4 Aug 2009
I purchased this for my son, as he had wanted a chess set for Xmas, but at age 6, I had wanted a simple set of instructions to help him get going. He has thoroughly enjoyed learning the game and is quite confident to play on his own against mum & dad now (often winning!). A great book for children to get them going.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Teaching Chess Book 24 July 2010
By Iain
I used this book to help me teach a group of children chess in an after school club. I found it really useful to a) remind me of some of the more unusual rules such as En Passen. But the best thing was the way that the book helped me structure my sessions.
The book is designed to be read by a child to teach themselves chess. As an adult however if you can get past the cartoons etc the content is excellent to use as way of ensuring that you don't give out too much information at a time. It also has a couple of mini games of chess ie only using a couple of pieces each.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone wishing to teach children chess or improve their knowledge and skill
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
I don't know any other Chess books for children, so can't compare. I got this to deepen my seven year old son's knowledge and familiarity with Chess, and it worked very well. Read more
Published 4 months ago by A Z
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really looked at yet
Disappointed with black & white drawings, but seems to start at a basic level and work itself along to more complex stuff.
Published 6 months ago by M. Lomax
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice book !
Especially with the dragon, it gets the children interested. The chapters are very well written, and the tests at the end of every chapter are really great : they confirm that... Read more
Published 6 months ago by De Vlieger
2.0 out of 5 stars Far to complicated
This was part of a Christmas present - Chess set - board - for my grand child age 6.
This book could have put him off for life.
Published 6 months ago by L. P. Roach
5.0 out of 5 stars Book as described
The book is as described it is correct for the age range it is advertised for and it'll help my garnd daughter become the chess palyer she strives to be. thank you
Published 6 months ago by Jude
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to help teach young children plus adults the game of chess.
After reading several reviews I purchased this book to help teach myself plus my young niece the game of chess. Read more
Published 7 months ago by I. K. Gill
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy introduction
A nicely put together book fir a simple introduction into the great game of chess - so easy everyone can pick up the rules and moves in minutes - would recommend as a first step
Published 9 months ago by Gary Dean
4.0 out of 5 stars chess for children
I bought it for my grandson and i'm teaching him to play chess and he enjoys learning to play
Kathleen Friel
Published 9 months ago by kathleen milligan
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect gift for our young grandson who wants to learn the game
What more could a young boy require, the book, by happy coincedence, even refers to George [his name] this made him even more fascinated and eager to read on.
Published 12 months ago by D&S
4.0 out of 5 stars Grandson rated it 4 star
I bought this for my 12 year old grandson who would like to be able to beat his tutor. He reads it in bed and has become a worthy opponent.
Published 12 months ago by Mrs. Susie Williamson-Lynam
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