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Checkmate!: My First Chess Book (Everyman Chess) Hardcover – 23 Apr 2004
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Learn to play the great game of chess with none other than Garry Kasparov, the World number one and the most famous figure in chess history, as your teacher. Discover all the various pieces - the king, the queen, the knights, the bishops and the pawns. Find out how the pieces move, the values of the chessmen, how to attack and how to defend, how to capture, how to employ special moves such as castling, how to write the moves down and, crucially, how to give check and deliver checkmate. Learn the numerous tricks and traps that you can set your unwary opponents and, just as importantly, how to avoid falling into them yourself. Make a journey through this book and, with the help of the world's best player, you will be ready for your first chess battle, be it against your mom or dad, your friends, your computer, on the Internet or in a competition. An ideal chess guide for beginners Covers all the crucial rules and aims Introduces all aspects of the game Written by a legend of the chess world
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Garry Kasparov is generally regarded as the greatest chess player of all time.
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Bought to introduce an 8-year-old to the game, but its style is not childish so it would be suitable for adult beginners too.
The graphics may appear "childish" but actually I think they're aesthetic and will appeal to any age. Came across this book almost ten years ago as a 12/13 year old from the library and we used it for a while then, now recently decided to buy my own. It really is one of the simplest, most plain-language introductions to the game from the ground up, and will take anyone to a reasonably decent playing level.
The board and its coordinates, set up of the pieces and their values and moves (and sometimes even mnemonics on how they move) are spelled out, and goes on to illustrate various strategies and tactics, even openings and endings played from real high-level matches. The author's experience is pitched to the reader by saying what advanced/experienced players will do compared to novices.
Subtleties, including set-up and during play, are stated plainly and clearly.
There are lots of useful bits of information which I was aware existed but didn't concretely know about until reading the book the first time, such as the standard board coordinates, values of the pieces, and chess notation.
The price is nothing compared to its content. An outstanding book, worth far more than every penny.
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