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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aimed at children but good for adults too
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm ... doesn't appear very 'child friendly' inside...
Bought as a gift for 12 year old who already enjoys chess, but despite colourful cover, I was quite surprised to find the inside of the book as black and white throughout with diagrams to illustrate moves that I would associate with adults rather than children, but i believe it was enjoyed by recipient nevertheless.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aimed at children but good for adults too, 25 Feb 2006
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AlanSutton (Sheffield, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Chess Tactics for Kids (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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant for beginners and experienced players, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 3 July 2014
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Great book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas present for nephew, 8 Mar 2014
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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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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm ... doesn't appear very 'child friendly' inside..., 2 Jan 2010
This review is from: Chess Tactics for Kids (Hardcover)
Bought as a gift for 12 year old who already enjoys chess, but despite colourful cover, I was quite surprised to find the inside of the book as black and white throughout with diagrams to illustrate moves that I would associate with adults rather than children, but i believe it was enjoyed by recipient nevertheless.
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1 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too complicated if you haven't bought an earlier book, 10 Jan 2011
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I bought this book for my son who is 10 and who is fed up of being beaten by his mum! However, as we haven't bought " how to beat your dad at chess ", we have both found it impossible to work with. I now have to buy the aforementioned book which pains me as it assumes dad is playing and not mum... Hopefully, it will all make sense soon.
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