For the Early BeginnerBeat That Kid in Chess may be the best book for the early beginner, the player who knows the rules but not much else. The concepts taught with large chess diagrams canbe understood and enjoyed by readers of a large rangeof ages, although the text is more appropriate for thoseof teenage and adults years (and some older children).A new chess teaching method, in this new book, sets itapart from all other chess books: N.I.P.* training fortactics. This natural method develops the mind in seeingthe relevant details in positions. It avoids the weaknessthat can be prevalent in many chess books, in which atactic can so easily be accidentally associated with somegeneral form of the position. You can be assured thatBeat That Kid in Chess rises above that weakness, for itmay be the only book (or the first one) to use *nearly-identical positions (nip) in teaching tactics, at least ina systematic way. Perhaps no other book comes close.The title may not be ideal, for it can lead one to thinkthis book is especially for training you to beat a child inchess. It prepares you to win chess games in general.
For the Post-Beginner and AverageTournament-Competition PlayerCould this be the best chess book for a beginner? Notfor an early beginner, who might be called a “raw” beginner; but for the player who has the experience,in over-the-board competition, to know the basics ofthe game battles, this could be the most useful bookon chess: if not the best then certainly among them.Chess Tactics for Kids really is about tactics and youcould hardly wish for more in a chess book, if tacticsis what you want to learn, and you already have somechess-game experience, beyond the beginner stage.From the Introduction: “The best way to confound andconfuse a chess opponent is by using tactics — a forcingsequence of moves that gain an advantage”These tactics come from actual games, real encounters.
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For players of two different levels in chess - two books, one being new; either as a potential gift