Book: Beat That Kid in Chess - For the early beginner to win games by Jonathan David Whitcomb
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Jonathan David Whitcombabout this book: Do you know someone who learned to play chess but then got discouraged from losing? "Beat That Kid in Chess" is for readers of many ages: adults, teenagers, and many older children. It accepts you as you are, leading you into knowing how to win.
If you already know the rules of chess but losing has cut down some of the fun, "Beat That Kid in Chess" puts back the fun. No wordy lectures on deep strategy from grandmasters but simple concepts for the early beginner—that's what you'll find in this chess book.
This is concentrated and simple: how a raw beginner can beat another beginner. Yet this book may help you make an interesting game of it even against a post-beginner. You'll no longer be a pushover but a more challenging competitor.
This chess book has large diagrams, with simple but engaging English explanations. See where you can get a checkmate and where a position is not quite set up for checkmate, at least not yet. Learn to think a little more like a master thinks, but in a more basic way, easier to handle.
What other book for beginners uses the Nearly-Identical-Positions method of chess instruction (NIP)? This is the natural way, the easier way, the new way, to lead you to notice important details in each position on the board. You don't need to know anything about psychology or how the NIP method itself works. Just look at the large diagrams of chess positions and read about how one differs from another.
You may soon find yourself looking at a chess position a little more like a grandmaster would look at it (but not in great depth of tactics nor in great breadth of strategy: in basic understanding of what is immediately possible). Yet you decide how far and how fast you'd like to progress.
Some chess books can make you feel you're being pushed too far, with hundreds of diagrams for memorizing a multitude of tactics. "Beat That Kid in Chess" gives you a few tactics, the ones most often encountered in real games. It also gives you an eye for noticing when something will work and when it will not work.
Enjoy concise exercises at the end of the book, in two sections: simple and advanced. Take them at your pace, in your own time. (Set aside the advanced exercises for awhile, if you'd rather master the simple exercises first.)
"Beat That Kid in Chess" introduces you to the three phases of a chess game: opening, middle game, end game. It also teaches you a balance between attack and defense. Yet those concepts are framed for the early beginner, not the tournament player but the novice who simply wants to learn to win some games.
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