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Perfect for the young and aspiring chess player,
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This review is from: How to Beat Your Dad at Chess (Gambit chess) (Hardcover)
This book has proved its worth with so many children - it is pitched at the chess player who has mastered the basics (it is not a beginner's book) understands the need for strategy, but is a little lost in how to move that forward. This book gives them a number of scenarios / pictures they can learn and be confident in moving to checkmate. There are many opportunities for the light bulb to switch on - especially enjoyed is smothered mate - the idea of a checkmate with just a knight seems to give the child more respect for that piece and opens their eyes to the fact that checkmate is not all about throwing in lots of queens and rooks! Subtlety can work well - and most young chess players enjoy the feeling of deviousness in sneaking up with a knight and catching the king unawares... I have bought several copies as presents.