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Chess Tactics for Kids Hardcover – 19 Aug 2003


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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Gambit Publications Ltd (19 Aug. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1901983994
  • ISBN-13: 978-1901983999
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 17.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,944 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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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By AlanSutton on 25 Feb. 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is Murray Chandler's follow up to his highly successful “How To Beat Your Dad At Chess”. The book presents 50 common tactical ideas - pins, skewers, forks, stalemate and many more - each one explained and illustrated in a double page spread. Only themes which occur fairly commonly in practice are included, and there are six diagrams per double page. The explanations are in simple language, and each diagram is accompanied by a brief commentary pointing out the salient features of the position. The continuations are very short (usually only one or two moves) so they can be followed easily without the need for a board.
Three or four examples are given of each tactical trick, with the aim of getting the reader to recognise certain patterns, and hopefully apply this newly acquired pattern recognition to his/her own games. To test how well the patterns have been absorbed there are 54 test positions for the reader to try. If the reader is unable to spot the continuation, a hint is given by way of a reference to the number of the tricky tactic that is being tested. So you can refresh your memory by looking back at the illustrated examples and then hopefully spot the same theme in the test position. All of the illustrative positions and test positions are taken from actual play (though there are no game references given), and there are no artificially composed positions.
Although the book is aimed at children in the first instance, it could be used equally profitably by adult beginners who wish to sharpen up their tactical awareness.
This review first appeared in the magazine En Passant.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Mark St.Ear on 16 Jun. 2010
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I bought this book for my 7 year old son, who's beginning to play chess at school. He loves it, and so do I. I'm a pretty decent club standard player with an extensive chess library, but I still find this entertaining to dip into every now and again.
All of the examples are taken from real games, some at the very highest level. They are clearly diagrammed, the typeface is clear and easy to read (important with books for children), and new ideas are introduced with a diagram every move or two.
Highly recommended.
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A present to help my nephew develop his chess skills and is a useful tool for him to use alongside his weekly chess club lessons.
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Great little book for kids
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