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Nearly-Identical Positions

An overview and example of the NIP method of chess instruction. Two chess positions that are almost the same—they are shown as puzzles, with one of them having a tactical theme that is unavailable in the other. Sometimes the second position will have a different tactical theme that is no applicable to the first position. The purpose is to train the chess student in looking at the unique qualities of each position.         

Two Chess Books Reviewed

The first book, Beat That Kid in Chess, is ideal for the early beginner. The second one, Chess Tactics for Kids, is ideal for the post-beginner or average tournament player. The approach in each of these two chess books differs, but each is masterfully created for chess players who want to progress in their abilities to win games.

The Chess Book for “Raw” Beginners: Beat That Kid in Chess

A more detailed review of this chess book reveals how it can benefit the early beginner in chess experience. Beat That Kid in Chess, by Jonathan Whitcomb, may be the only book for beginners that systematically uses the NIP method of chess instruction. This gives the beginner what is most needed: a feeling for seeing the tactical possibilities in positions.
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