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Move One: Chess Course for Beginners [Paperback]

Richard James
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20 Mar 1991
This is a child's introduction to chess. Divided into 16 chapters, each teaching a specific skill, it is written in such a way as to enable a beginner to learn chess at home with his or her parents, or to provide a guide for teaching groups of children in a club or at school. It is aimed particularly at seven or eight-year-olds, although older beginners should find it useful. There are activities sections in all chapters and quizzes to test understanding of skills as they are learned. From Chapter 6 onwards there are games to play through and finally, as chess is first and foremost a game which should be played for enjoyment, there is a section in each chapter called "Fact File", which includes items of general interest, chess history and trivia.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Faber Children's Books (20 Mar 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571140637
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571140633
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 18.5 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,053,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for beginners 11 April 2010
This book is absolutely fantastic.

I have owned a copy since I was 13, and now I'm 30. I was useless at Chess until I read this, but this gave me the ability and confidence to build up my chess skills that has made a decent club player today. Nowadays, I use it to teach anyone who approaches me wishing to learn the game.

However, I must warn any potential readers or purchasers of this book that, as with any other Chess literature, you can only gain so much from it. You will ultimately learn more from gaining experience at your local chess club, but this book is the perfect first step on the ladder to success.

It is broken into 16 chapters, the first five of which teach you all the rules and how the pieces move in a fun and interactive way. Then, the next 11 chapters teach you how to play good chess, while giving you a basic, yet effective (for beginners) thinking process. Nearly every chapter ends with a quiz to test you on what you have learned, giving full and comprehensive answers.

It should also be noted, that although aimed primarily at children, Move One is also perfect for adults who wish to learn the game.

Upon completing the book, I strongly advise the reader to join a chess club, if they haven't already.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 1 Aug 2014
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Really good for starting out. Also, it is linked to his internet chess site which is really helpful
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best beginners book I've seen 16 Feb 2013
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This book covers all of the basics that every other beginner chess book does (moves of the pieces, rules, and exception rules), and the author does it in clear and succinct language. The best part of the book is that it lays out simple and effective strategies for beginners, "4 Golden Rules" that players should consider before every move. Move One increased my knowledge and understanding of the game so much that, after checking it out at the library, I decided I wanted to own it, so I could share it with my kids.
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