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How to Beat Your Dad at Chess (Gambit chess) Hardcover – 2 Jan 1998

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Gambit Publications Ltd (2 Jan. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1901983056
  • ISBN-13: 978-1901983050
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 18.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,991 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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At my level (around 1200-1300 elo) this is a little marvel! For starters the price is good and it's a quality hardback which is rare for chess books. Unlike the majority of chess manuals this is a doddle to read and doesn't require a photographic memory or multiple chess sets to work through!
The title is a little misleading though. This is basically 50 checkmating patterns, 1 per page. I would suggest reading and re-reading this book until those patterns are burned into your memory. You'll be suprised at how often the opportunity to use these checkmate motifs will appear in your games.
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An interesting presentation of various checkmates, using typical positions to explain the 'how to' without getting bogged down in too much detail. An excellent read and highly recommended.
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The title was very appealing to myself and my junior school son who couldn't wait to figure out how to beat me having had successes against his school friends. Whilst I used to be a strong club player decades ago and hadn't played for over 20 years I found it very
easy to follow and soon picked up moves again. My son soon picked up on it and we learnt together but he didn't find it that easy to
follow as there's just so much black and white and small print. SO the DS went away and a chess set beside the book is really needed
to get the best out of each section.
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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.
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This has been really popular with my kids and keeps getting dipped back into. It was a last minute buy but I thought I would review as it really seems to have caught their imagination. Can't think why...
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Humans have an innate capacity to spot visual patterns, eg peoples' faces, trees and a clock face. Try covering up a traditional watch with your other hand, ask an adult to to look at the back of your hand and move it quickly away and back over the watch, giving him or her the merest glimpse of the watch, then ask the person what time it said. 9 out of 10 will get it right. The point is that this sort of mental activity is automatic, extremely quick and unthinking (see "Thinking, fast and slow" by D Kahneman for a very readable account of a lifetime of study in this field.). These instant reactions can also be wrong, but they can be practised and trained. Strong chess players spot patterns very quickly then get their thinking caps on and calculate whether their first impression is workable. "How to beat your Dad at chess" is one of few books to consciously harness this approach. It classifies mates by pattern and accompanies each with lively, readable text to confirm the "get your thinking cap on" part.

Don't be put off by the title, this excellent book is neither condescending nor patronising.

Worth every penny.
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I bought this book for my son when he was aged 7. When we play, he now recognises the check-mating patterns having found them initially in this book!

I can recommend this book to any kid / adult starting out in chess ...
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A really good basic introduction for anyone wanting to learn some basic mating strategies. Learn these and develop a wining streak!
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