Chess Book Study
Reading chess books is the old fashioned way and still an effective way to get better at chess. Most chess books go through games (click here for the benefit) and others have tactical diagrams you solve (click here for benefit). When you read a chess book be sure to have a chess board nearby. Manually move the pieces as you look at positions and games. Going through a chess game manually with a chess book is much tougher than doing it with a computer. A computer lets you see variations and then backs up the position for you. With a chess set, you build your brain to be able to do this manually which is a tremendous exercise.
If your lucky enough to be in the Academic Chess Afterschool program, or live close to an Academic Chess tournament, you can get your hands on the best kid's chess booklets ever made. Click Here for a Description.
Also this website is a tremendous tool for playing through game and working out your brain with chess diagrams.
For Store bought chess books for kids, we definately recommend Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess for your first chess book This book is still the best chess book written for a number of reasons.
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Here are some other recommendations:
Logical Chess- One of the best beginner books ever written. We use the logical method for analysing games.
Square One (by Bruce Pandolfini) - A great beginners book for teaching the rules and simple tactics.
Weapons of Chess (by Bruce Pandolfini) - Diagram intensive. Great Book.
Chess Openings:Traps and Zaps (by Bruce Pandolfini) - This book has tactics right out of the opening and does not teach opening memorization, something we do not believe in.
Pandolfini’s Endgame Course (by Bruce Pandolfini)
Logical Chess Move by Move - This was our founders first chess book. It goes through 3 simple games, but every move in the game is explained thorougly. An excellent book for people who enjoy reading.
Master Vs. Amateur (by Dr. Euwe)
Chess For Tigers (by Simon Webb)
Any diagram intensive chess book with problems not too difficult or too easy for your child.
For advanced players (adults)
My 60 Memorable Games
What’s the Best Move
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