From the front cover, you might think this new chess book is for “kids;” but open up the paperback Beat That Kid in Chess and you’ll see that this is mostly for teenagers and adults, although some older children could benefit. It teaches the “early” beginner how to win a game of chess, and it’s crafted especially for the novice who knows how to move the pieces around the board but has not yet learned to win, at least not yet how to win consistently. The title was chosen for a marketing angle, yet Beat That Kid in Chess teaches you how to win against an opponent of any age, not just against a child. (Don’t confuse this publication with How to Beat Your Dad at Chess, which is not for the raw beginner.)
Here’s the table of contents:
A few Chess Terms
A few Hints for Beginners
Introduction to the Lessons
Chapter 1: Checkmate
Chapter 2: Power Grabbing
Chapter 3: Defending the Fort
Chapter 4: Tactics in Battle
Chapter 5: Remember the Order
Chapter 6: The End Game
Chapter 7: The Middle Game
Chapter 8: The Opening
Chapter 9: Simple Exercises
Chapter 10: Advanced Exercises
This book uses a new method of chess instruction: nearly-identical positions (NIP). But you don’t really need to know anything about that method. It works for you under the surface, training your mind to see possibilities and tactics as they really are, in a given chess position.
The target audience is the chess player who knows the rules, at least most of them, but has little or no idea how to take advantage of the opponent’s mistakes and how to avoid making mistakes. Millions of persons could fit that description.
First page of the Introduction in the new book Beat That Kid in Chess
Part of an Amazon customer-review:
I learned chess as a child, but as someone who hasn’t played in over a decade, this is a great refresher. . . . I love the way this book is organized: It’s starts with a few simple chess terms, progresses to chapter topics that start where most puzzles start-the end, and then ends with simple and advanced exercises, as well as a thorough index.
Paperback: 194 pages – 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
Published Sep 2, 2015, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Suggested retail price: $13.40 (US dollars)
Beat That Kid in Chess – by Jonathan David Whitcomb
When looking for a publication to be given as a gift, be aware of the chess-playing abilities of the person who is to receive the book. This is critical in making that choice.
Two chess books reviewed:
- Beat That Kid in Chess (Whitcomb)
- How to Beat Your Dad at Chess (Chandler)
- Smerdon’s Scandinavian
- Beat That Kid in Chess
- The Dragon – Volume One
What is the chess-playing skill of the gift recipient, when you’re to give a chess book as a gift? That’s a big question needing an answer.
If you’re looking for a chess book to give to a teenager or if you are the teenager—either way, you need to consider the skill level of the reader.