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How to Play Chess Like an Animal Hardcover – 1 Jul 2009

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  • Hardcover: 69 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193508626X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935086260
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 21.6 x 27.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,573,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8defaa38) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e0d63fc) out of 5 stars Wild chess openings! Very unusual! 9 Mar. 2008
By DUWAYNE L. LANGSETH - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I thought this would be a book for kids, but when I read it, I realized this would be interesting for adults also. You won't normally find these strange chess openings in other books and I don't necessarily recommend that you play them as a serious player, but they will give you a fresh and different look at playing the game. Plus the art work is excellent. I definitely recommend it and have bought a few copies to give away to chess club kids I coach and one to keep. I'm hoping there will be a sequel.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e0d657c) out of 5 stars Animals and Chess, Great Learning for Young Chess Players 31 Mar. 2008
By Thomas B. Nelson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As the Colorado State Chess Association Scholastic Coordinator many parents have asked me how can they help their kids learn to play chess. Until now much of the material I have suggested is good but lacked making the game fun, allowing the child's imagination to soar.

"How to Play Chess Like an Animal" is the perfect book for your young zookeepers uh, I mean chess players.

This book is very entertaining and makes learning chess openings and the beginning basics of chess super fun for young children.

Life Master Brian Wall states in his Foreword letter: "I have been madly in love with chess since age 6. ...This book is for 6 year old chess stars all over the world."

The pictures, the names of the openings, and the youthful style in which this book has been written will keep your young chess stars coming back to learn more.

I had the chance to sit down over a cup of coffee with Anthea Carson who did the coloring for the drawings done by Linn Trochim (famous for her drawing art work for Hanna-Barbera Studio with "The Flintstones ®" and "Scooby Doo ®").

She made the statement:

"Many authors have used animals to teach great lessons to children. Children have come to love animal stories and their characters. We wanted our book bring those fond fun loving memories of animals to the chess board and allow kids to be kids while they learn one of the greatest games in life from their new found animal friends."

Well Anthea, you and Life Master Wall have succeeded!

In the world of children's chess this book is an instant classic!

Tom Nelson
CSCA Scholastic Coordinator
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e29d540) out of 5 stars If You Want to Start Them Young... 28 Nov. 2007
By Paco Ahlgren - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
While my own work is probably not best suited for children, much of it IS set around the game of chess. And why shouldn't it be? I started playing when I was six. Yet for all the years I've been involved with the game, I would wager that if I'd owned a copy of HOW TO PLAY CHESS LIKE AN ANIMAL back then, today I'd probably be as proficient a player as its authors.

If you've got kids and they're interested in chess, this is the book to give them. But don't be surprised if you find yourself learning an opening or two yourself -- and maybe even enjoying the process...

Paco Ahlgren
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e0d2db0) out of 5 stars Great for kids and adults, too! 23 Mar. 2008
By Library Momma - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
With its inventive title and bright illustrations of animals, "How to Play Chess Like An Animal" appeals to both children and adults of all ages. This great chess guide is for anyone who is new to chess or wants to improve his or her game. Authors Carson and Wall explain the basics of chess as well as each opening with clarity and humor. In their description of the Giraffe, they ask the reader: "Ever wish you were taller than those sixth grade bullies? . . . There is a magic way to be big instantly! Play the Giraffe!" And after finishing the book, the reader can try out new moves with a game of penny chess using the board on the back cover. I'm not a regular chess player but came away with a greater understanding and appreciation of the game, and my four-year-old loved the pictures of the animals.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92703a80) out of 5 stars Great fun! Awesome illustrations! 8 Dec. 2007
By Tim B - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is unlike any other that I have seen in the chess world. The book introduces the reader to a bunch of chess openings that for the most part have animal names. I am a tournament chess player - currently around 1740 USCF rating, and have found myself getting obsessed with some of the openings in this book, and playing them over the board. While they are not played at a Grandmaster level, they are certainly playable for class players, and definetly for children, and are a TREMENDOUS amount of fun!!

The illustrations in this book are amazing. The illustrator is a professional and the colors are fantastic. Everyone kids, and adults will love the pictures. Some of the pictures would make nice posters to hang.

This book would make a nice Christmas present for a kid learning the game, or for someone that likes unusual chess openings.
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