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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Right Way (28 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0716022540
  • ISBN-13: 978-0716022541
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.6 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A fun book that's the perfect introduction to chess for children from the age of 7 upwards.

About the Author

Richard James has been teaching chess to children since the early 1970s, running Richmond Junior Chess Club for more than 30 years, where he worked closely with such future stars as Luke McShane and Jonathan Rowson. He has an international reputation as an expert on how young children learn chess, having had an article on the subject published in The Chess Instructor 2009, published by New In Chess. Richard is the webmaster of chessKIDS academy, a website pioneering online interactive chess instruction for young children. He also has a particular interest in promoting chess among children on the Autistic Spectrum.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. James Scott on 23 Feb 2011
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Using it with my grandson.
Great book, which uses a style that retains his interest.
A good buy for adult players passing on the skills and pleasure of playing chess.

Money well spent
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Clever Kids on 18 May 2011
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This Chess book was a little too good for the kids ... my 8 year old beat me in 4 moves after reading through it the first time, now I'm reading it to try and stay a step ahead of him!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By melody on 17 Oct 2011
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I bought this book along with a chess set for my son. He's really enjoyed reading the story and we've managed to work out the rules of the game between us! The book is just right - pitched at about 7-11 year olds I would say. A really good introduction to the game.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Ther Gabor on 11 Feb 2013
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This is a fantastic book for children, dynamic and inspiring. My 7 year old son is enjoying it very much and reads it through and through. I can recommend it to everyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Aj Baugh on 3 Nov 2011
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It can be used by adults as well as kids. Tells you all the basic ways of getting checkmate and if you lose your queen it is curtains as they say and you might as well quit at that stage. The problem is that it takes each piece in isolation, and it is a lot different, when all the men and pawns are present on a 8 by 8 board. Great way to understand Nash game mathematics.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Nm Nelson on 3 Mar 2012
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this is a must for all beginners of how to play chess. it is well produced and will easily understood by youngsters willing to play
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark G on 5 Nov 2013
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Most likely, the best book on the market for children learning chess. The really key point about it is that it doesn't just teach the moves but educates children on chess logic.

My children loved the story format whilst playing out the moves as we went along (probably a bit too impatient to do all the practice in-between chapters). As one reviewer noted, much of the material is available for free on Richard James' website but I would still recommend the book for the story, the "subversive" humour and cartoons. (Note - there is a fair amount of comic violence and emphasis on the war game element of chess - some adults may not be that keen on this but I think most kids love it).

I would particularly recommend for children between about 6 and 9 who have not played chess before.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Monkeyhanger on 19 July 2012
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The book is aimed at children and written so that all reading age children can understand. It is quite easy for them to follow the intricacies of the game.
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