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Chess For Everyone
     

Chess For Everyone

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by Robert M Snyder
 

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In Chess for Everyone, national chess master and coach Robert M. Snyder introduces chess to the beginner in twenty graduated lessons. Mr. Snyder teaches the basic principles and then builds the student's knowledge in a clear and consistent manner. The reader is given a solid foundation in:

  • Basic rules(piece movements, checkmate, castling, en

Overview

In Chess for Everyone, national chess master and coach Robert M. Snyder introduces chess to the beginner in twenty graduated lessons. Mr. Snyder teaches the basic principles and then builds the student's knowledge in a clear and consistent manner. The reader is given a solid foundation in:

  • Basic rules(piece movements, checkmate, castling, en passant, drawn game and more).
  • Opening principles, traps and a basic opening system.
  • Middlegame strategy (checkmate patterns and tactics).
  • Basic endgame strategy including basic checkmates and King and Pawn endings.

Upon completing Chess for Everyone students can continue to expand their knowledge in all areas of the game by reading the other volumes in the Chess for Everyone series.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780595482061
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/02/2008
Pages:
220
Sales rank:
198,530
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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Chess For Everyone 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
MasterChessTeacher More than 1 year ago
I am a long time chess player, chess book collector and elementary school teacher who has experienced the use of this book both under it's previousl title ("Chess for Juniors") and current title ("Chess for Everyone") as a classroom text book. This is the perfect book for an introduction to chess for both children (age 8 or 9+) or for a person who may have been playing chess for years, but has not had formal instruction on the basics.
I have seen the other books (i.e. Dummy and Idiot Series, Chess for Kids/Children books, etc...) and simply put, those books do not compare in organization, comprehensiveness and clarity to "Chess for Everyone". And, unlike other books, "Chess for Everyone" is part of a progressive series of books, well written and designed to directly continue where the basic book leaves off (in other words you can greatly expand your study with books that are consistent with the material).
A progressive building format is used in the twenty lessons - step by step. No confusion, easy to understand and the emphasis is placed in the right areas (more complicated rules like en passant and castling have a perfect presentation!). This basic text has everything you need to get a well-rounded and comprehensive knowledge of what it takes to be able to place a decent game of chess. It isn't a silly picture book for children but provides an enjoyable read for an upper elementary school student or adult.
Learn all the basics with an in-depth coverage of the rules, opening principles and a solid basic opening system (greatly explanded on in future books in the series), all the important basic traps, tactices and checkmates, basic endgames and endgame checkmates, two complete games analyzed (move by move) and a chapter on how to continue to improve. The writing style has a nice flow and is enjoyable to read. You will certainly want to buy the entire series as you grow in chess!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book makes chess as easy to learn as it is going to get! It contains twenty '20' progressive lessons organized just like you were being given private lessons from a top notch teacher. They are written at a level so that both young readers or adults will easily grasp the material being covered. As pointed out already, this book used to be called Chess for Juniors 'a long time top seller'. Chess for Everyone is the foundation for an entire series 'by the same name' of chess books that compliment each other, with more books that continue from where Chess for Everyone ends. This gives you the option of continuing with material to continue to grow within the same system that has trained many chess champions. The first five lessons focus on the rules. Rules such as 'en passant', 'castling', 'pawn promotion' and 'drawns' are especially well explained. This also goes for the lesson on 'reading and writing in chess 'chess notation''. The next fifteen lessons focus on winning strategies. You will learn the ideas needed to play a good opening 'includes the beginnings of a nice opening system that is expanded in future books within the series', tactics 'such as the fork, pin, hanging piece, overworked defender, skewer, discovered attack', traps 'how to defend against the scholar's mate, fool's mate and related themes, petroff's trap and much more', sacrifices 'such as legal's mate, philidor's legacy, classic bishop sacrifice and much more' and the most important basic endgames 'such as the 'rook roller', 'checkmates using a queen and then the rook' and basic King and Pawn endings'. There is even a chapter on how to continue to improve and though the entire book is written in algebraic notation it shows you how to read older books by introducing descriptive notation. There is a very nice index in the back of the book which allows you to quickly look up chess terms and material covered in the book. When the book says 'a complete guide to chess' the word 'complete' is very true! By the time you finish this book you will have a solid knowledge of the basics and will be ready to continue with more advanced books. There isn't a better introductory chess book than 'Chess for Everyone'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best selling chess book of all times 'Chess for Juniors' (over 65,000 copies sold) is now under this new title of 'Chess for Everyone'. And, wow! The best introductory chess book just bot better! Before I get into some of the specifics of what makes this book the classic it is, I will list the improvements over its predecessor: 1.) It contains a fair amount of added material in the form of expanded explanations where needed and in the openings it covers (while cutting out unnecessary humor that was intended to be 'child' specific). 2.)Many changes have been made to the working to make even more clear than it was. 3.) The increased page size is accompanied by a less cramped format making the material outlay more easy to read. 4.) The table of contents and index have been streamlined to make it easier to find what you are looking for. Now, onto what you will fin in 'Chess for Everyone'. It begins with an extremely clear and detailed explanation of all the basic rules. This includes how the pieces move (the coverage of 'en passant' is especially well explained), check, checkmate, castling, the drawn game (also very well explained), chess notation (very extensive and well done), a little background on the game and more. This is done in the first five lessons. The next fifteen lessons that follow go into detail on both basic and then slightly different sacrifices such as the 'Classic Bishop Sacrifice, sacrifices on f7, opening traps such as the Petroff's trap), basic checkmates, (Fool's Mate, Scholar's Mate, Backrank Mate, Smothered Mate, Legal's Mate and more), opening principles, a basic opening system (Ruy Lopez, Sicilian, French, Caro Kann, Alekhine's, Nimzo-Indian, Queen's-Indian and more), basic endgames (basic checkmates with Queen, Rook, Rook Roller and King and Pawn, two excellent short games with every move analyzed that reinforce the material in earlier lessons and to conclude a lesson on how to continue to improve. What really sets this book apart from other introductory chess books is the use of lessons (twenty) that all parts of the game in a integrated manner using a building (stepping stone) format. Also, unlike mos other beginning books, readers can continue beyond the basics with a consistent system upon completion of 'Chess for Everyone' by reading the other (currently) four books in the 'Chess for Everyone' series. 'Chess for Everyone' is well structured to be a classroom textbook for any teacher running a program for students ages ten and up to adult. A teacher's Textbook Guide is in the works to be specifically used with 'Chess for Everyone'. This should add making this the number on choice for teachers. 'Chess for Everyone' contains extremely clear and easy to understand language along with over 275 diagrams. It will take an absolute beginner and provide them with everything needed to have a solid understanding of the basics. In conclusion, I love the way this book reads. It has a nice flow and the occasional use of humor and simple rhymes adds a nice touch. If you are looking for a book to introduce chess to someone who knows noting or a player that has some basic skills but wants to improve you can not go wrong with 'Chess for Everyone'!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hold the presses! In case you didn't read the other reviews, this book is a brand new and completely revised edition of the famous Chess for Juniors book. Only, this time is for everyone (not just juniors). I can sum up this book quickly, it is a complete guide for anyone new to chess or even if you have been playing for awhile without formal instruction. It is very complete and easily understood. A best buy when it comes to a beginner's chess book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got the original edition of this book back in the 1990's under the previous title of 'Chess for Juniors'. Unlike move remakes, remakes of chess books are often improved, and so it be this is the case here! Under 'Chess for Juniors' I recall seeing it as the #1 best selling chess book on this site. But, this updated and improved book should get the recognition of being perhaps the best introductory book on chess of all time. To back up what I say let me point in colour that not only is this book extremely clear and comprehensive in coverage of all basic rules and strategy, but is is very well thought out in organization. I could certainly recommend it for the age bracket of say 10 on up. I have used it personally as a text book for beginning classes I have taught under the former title and do plan on doing the same under it's new title. No need to look further for a book that covers everything you need if you are an obsolute beginner or if you are just aware of the basics but want to improve. The follow-up books in the same series provide a lovely consistant way to continue to improve.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a revision and updating of the author's original 'Chess for Juniors' book. It is now, as the author puts in the title, for Everyone. It contains 20 progressive lessons that take an absolute beginner to an understanding of the fundamentals of the game. The great thing about this book is that you don't need a coach or anyone to help you understand the rules or ideas. It is written in a manner that allows someone to train himself and fully understand the material. There are even questions to answer as you proceed in the text to make sure you are understanding the material. I acted as the editor and proofreader for the author, and I have also been active in teaching and coaching chess players. I can safely say that this is the best training manual available. Many coaches have found this book to be an invaluable aid. Besides giving the basic rules of the game in an easy to understand format, the author then guides the student through an understanding of the basic ideas in the opening, simple tactics, and the methods of winning in elementary endings. The knowledge gained in this book prepares the player to read and understand more advanced books on the game, such as the author's 'Unbeatable Chess Lessons' and 'Winning Chess Traps.' You can't go wrong with this book.
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