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Chess Openings for Kids [Hardcover]

John Watson , Graham Burgess
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26 April 2011
For chess-players of all ages and abilities, it is vital to get off to a good start. This simple guide provides all the tips and ideas needed to play purposefully from move one. That's because these 50 Mighty Openings are the very ones used by chess masters and grandmasters to outwit opponents time and again.

This book teaches the names and starting moves of all the main chess openings, and explains the basic ideas. Beginners will learn how to position their pieces for maximum impact. More experienced players will discover some remarkable tactical and strategic themes that are vital for chess mastery.

Throughout the book, numerous devastating opening traps are highlighted. You will have fun posing difficult problems for your opponent - whether a friend, a chess-club rival or your Dad!

Chess Openings for Kids makes learning the chess openings fun. Playing these powerful openings helps develop an understanding of how the pieces work together. Soon you will be able to play strong moves in any opening position, and approach every game with confidence - and success.


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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Gambit Publications Ltd (26 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906454264
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906454265
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 17.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

International Master John Watson is a former US National High School Chess Champion. He is arguably the world's foremost writer on chess openings, and the author of award-winning books on chess strategy. FIDE Master Graham Burgess has written more than twenty chess books, ranging from general guides to works on specific openings. He also holds the world record for marathon blitz chess playing.

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars difficult for children 18 July 2011
Format:Hardcover
Bought this thinking that it would be helpful for school chess club use; cover illustrations suggest it is designed for use by children on their own. It sets out in some detail many of the openings and their main lines which players will come across. However, with its detailed across the page algebraic annotation it comes across as quite a serious study which would, in my opinion, be more suitable for adult players. In an adult's hands it could be a useful teaching tool but I think it is too ambitious in its scope for a child to use unaided.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Difficult book to work through 30 Nov 2011
By Casual Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The book has 50 openings, 2 pages for each opening. It analyzes most of the frequently used openings with 2 pages per opening. There are some 6 diagrams per opening. 5-6 combinations /variations are discussed within each opening. There are a few exercises at the end along the lines of helping the kid check whether he memorized the openings.

The hard bound book and the pages and structure and the inidividual diagrams are visually appealing. Whats not good is the amount of information crammed in. Due to the need to address 50 openings, too much information is thrown at the reader. This makes it difficult to digest for adults, let alone kids.

Essenially, the stress is on covering too many possibilities. It would have been a great book if it focused on a few openings and came up with a better exercise/interactive approach for aiding the children understand and memorize the openings better. I must say, I haven't found any good book on openings for kids either. Chess software may be better for openings.....
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad and not for kids at all. 10 April 2012
By Homayoun Sohrabi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I am sorry to say that this is a really bad book. First of all this book is not for kids at all. Don't let the kids pictures on the cover fool you. The book is written in an adult language/prose all the way. There has been no attempt to simplify the language. Example: while discussing one of the Sicilian variations, the author uses the words "surgical liquidation". I think I made my point!

Another reviewer said the book is very hard to follow. That is absolutely correct. You don't have one line, followed by one diagram and then next line followed by next diagram. I still don't understand how it works, they give notations for lines a) and then notations for lines b) and then c) ,etc and then they follow up it up with diagrams and you have to go back and forth and try to figure out what's happening.

There is really very little basic explanation of main plans for black and white. It just says things like you make moves x,y,z and then "black is in a dangerous situation".

Purchase this book only if you want your kids NOT to learn anything about the openings. Thank you.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book on openings, but not for kids to read 8 Aug 2013
By R. N. Radhakrishnan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I took away a full star just because the title is deceptive : this book cannot be enjoyed by kids, at least not by themselves. If an adult reads it with them and explains it slowly, the full pleasure and power of this book could be realized, but then, that's not "For Kids", right?

That said, the book's format is somewhat commendable - it allows just two pages for each opening. The left page explains the basic pattern, and the next page on the right provides the variations on it. The reader has a choice of skimming thru all the openings, and then bookmarking some that appeals to him/her and becoming adept in it. Maybe if the authors had let go of the pretense of writing for kids, they might have provide twice as many pages to each opening, making for easier language, longer explanation, and ironically, would have become a better book for kids!

But, if you are able to enjoy chess books, you'd not find this a waste of money. If anything, it grows on you and can really make you a better player.
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good reference material. 12 Mar 2014
By M. Viljoen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It must be said that this is definitely not a kids book. That is, unless your kid is an intuitively chess minded blood relation of Bobby Fischer or Boris Spassky. The language and ideas presented are complex. Then again, sometimes children like reading more mature, grown up books.

And there is much value to be had here. It's an excellent reference for the 50 most famous openings of which you've probably heard or maybe never: Ruy Lopez, Grūnfeld, Karo-Cann, Sicilian Dragon, Queen's Gambit, Queens Indian, Bogo Indian, etc.; the whole works; all neatly laid out with diagrams.

You get to know their names, memorise some sequences down the umpteenth move, and enjoy a little discussion of the value of knowing when to memorise and when to play according to 'opening principles'.

There is much useful knowledge buried here in the detail and not a few useful tricks. I'm glad I now have it on the shelf as a reference. But it also can be overwhelming. Where can I find a simple book on openings that will help me, a mere mortal, to approach the opening with some confidence?

I'm looking forward to other soon to be released titles from this author: 'Nuclear Physics to Practise at Home'; 'Cloning for Amateurs'; 'Easy Steps for Navigating Love Across Ethnic Boundaries'.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good book 12 Jun 2013
By robin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Great in combination with chess club. My daughter is 4. I like to combine lectures with puzzles. Most of all it is easy for parents to explain
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