Chess for Juniors: A Complete Guide for the Beginner

Chess for Juniors: A Complete Guide for the Beginner

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Chess for Juniors: A Complete Guide for the Beginner 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Chess for Juniors' is very unique among all of the books that teach basic rules and strategy for the first time chess reader or advanced beginner and here are some of the reasons I say this: a. It is written at about a 5th grade reading skill level (though most students a couple grades lower will have no troubles reading it). Most of the other books I have seen for kids have lots of graphics/pictures but the reading skill level is more at a high school skill level. b. The sentence structure and order of presentation makes it so that it is very clear and understandable. This is because it is based on the experience the author has has attained by having presented the lessons in his book to over 170,000 children in schools. c. There is more than enough material in the book to take a student from absolute beginner to an intermediate skill level. Too many beginning books have more pictures than content. d. Lots of diagrams illustrating positions and problems to work on. Often the book will have you solve a problem. There are lots of tactics and checkmates to work on. This includes opening traps. e. Important things such as your pawn structure (pawn chain, doubled, isolated, backward), use of rooks (open files, doubling them, getting on seventh rank) and roles of pieces in the opening are presented. f. A nice opening system well designed for a new player is introduced with the ideas behind the moves. g. The index at the back makes finding almost anything in the book easy. h. The introductory endgames are checkmates with a Queen, Two Rooks, One Rook, King and Pawn(s) with opposition is excellent! i. Two complete games where all the moves are analyzed are toward the back of the book. This is also the setting for two more books by the same author, with the next book using games like this being 'Unbeatable Chess Lessons for Juniors'. j. The lessons are progressive using a building lesson by lesson idea. You will not find you have to learn everything about one subject (example: the opening, or endgame or a type of tactic) all in one chapter. This makes it more enjoyable and keeps your interest up. k. Funny stories, rymes and sayings entertain and help you remember (a few examples: 'a Knight on the Rim is Dim, its chances are very slim', or 'in chess the pin is mightier than the sword', and the 'Dumb but Happy Kindgdom' is a play on the 'Never Ending Story' about an apparently hopeless situation where an ingenious Knight solves a difficult problem and saves the kingdom, and the 'Dumb Computer' about an early version computer that was never programed not to bring its Queen out too early - absolutely halarious). l. A book that a teacher or chess coach can use (not to mention parents or adults period) as part of their chess program text book (like at our chess club). The Table of Contents is not only useful for a regular user of the book, but forms a perfect class outline of what is to be covered. m. It has several excellent intermediate books by the same author to continue with instruction from where this book leaves off. Have I said enough to convince you that is is a top quality book and best seller chess book for a good reason? This would also make a GREAT BIRTHDAY OR CHRISTMAS GIFT for anyone who is just learning or just beyond the beginning stage (a great first chess book!).
Guest More than 1 year ago
I teach chess at the elementary school level and have been using 'Chess for Juniors' as a text book. It is very well structured and uses a very effective way of introducing chess to a beginner. There are twenty lessons each of which build upon what was covered in previous lessons. The Table of Contents provides an excellent outline for a teacher wanting to know the proper order for introducing new material. It is easy enough for a student in third or fourth grade to read on their own, yet informative enough that any adult will find it to be a good book for themself! The book begins with a very brief background about chess and then gets into how the pieces move, check, checkmate, the drawn game, with an exceptional explanation of 'en passant', 'castling' and the 'drawn game'. Basic tactics, openings and endgames are covered an appropriate speed and in proper order of difficulty. The 'building' process will give the student a good foundation to move on to the intermediate level books in the same 'Chess for Juniors Series'. There are two games toward the end where every move is explained, and hints on how to continue to improve. I am looking foward to the next edition of this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not only is 'Chess for Juniors' very complete it makes learning chess as easy as possible. Not many chess books are written at a 5th or 6th grade reading level. The writinng style is enjoyable, with funny little stories and chess jokes along the way. This is no picture guide. It has good solid instruction. You will learn in detail the basic rules then the book with take you through tactics, strategy, openings, endgames and a lot more. It makes a perfect Elementary or Junior High School text book! But it is great for adults too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book several years back for my two boys (ages 8 and 11 at the time). After going through this book from cover to cover they learned a lot more than just the rules. They could play a good game of chess for their ages! The book kept their attention as they found the language easy to understand and the progressive lesson format to be just at the right speed. They also enjoyed the touch of humor that the author used. I also picked up some nice pointers. Highly Recommended for children and parents alike.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been playing in chess tournaments for many years and have seen, read and used many books on the fundamentals of chess (I also teach chess to beginners, so basic books are of interest to me). I have yet to come across any book that even comes close to CHESS FOR JUNIORS that has all of these important aspects to be found in one volume: 1. Ease of understanding of the material presented through a logical step-by-step (in twenty lessons) progressive approach. 2. Comprehensiveness. This book has a lot of material. It is jammed packed with everything a beginner needs to know (all of the rules needed to play a complete game, endgames, openings, middle game strategy, traps, tactical motifs, complete sample games, information on how to improve and a lot more). 3. As I saw pointed out in a couple of previous reviews, it is one of the few books on the fundamentals that has a complete index at the back to allow for a quick future reference. 4. For Juniors? This is a good book for both children who are at a age that they can read right on up to and including adults. I recommend it for parents and anyone wanting to teach chess (learn how to teach the right material in the right order as nothing important is left out). 5. Consistent follow-up material is provided the same author's CHESS FOR JUNIORS series of books to take you up to expert ability. RECOMMENDED? Most certainly!
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Chess for Juniors' is a great first book to get if you don't know anything about chess or have perhaps been playing for a short time and want to get better. This book not only goes into great detail on all of the important rules of chess but really gets into strategy. It tells you the ideas behind the openings and then goes move by move into an opening system. Learn about the 'opposition' in the King and Pawn endings as well as how to checkmate with just a Queen or Rook left on the board. Learn all the basic opening traps such as how to defend against a four move checkmate, what to do if someone tries to copy your moves, avoiding and setting traps. Learn the most important tactical motifs using forks, pins and skewers. Learn important checkmates such as the rook roller, backrank and many more patterns. Complete games are provided with commentary on every move. Their is a brief chapter showing you how to continue to improve and get involved in the organized world of chess (should that be of interest to you). Here is a nicely put together and complete beginner's book. Very nice!
Guest More than 1 year ago
We have this book on our coffee table in the living room. Our family (mom, dad, our 9 and 12 year old sons) simply fell in love with chess after many years of playing without any formal instruction and then read this book. It provides a lively and entertaining way (in words without being a 'picture book') of introducing chess to either a complete beginner or people like us, who have played chess for years without knowing what 'en passant' was. Actually, after reading this book our two boys have joined some local chess tournaments winning some nice trophies - so we know this book will teach your well!
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Chess for Juniors' provided our family with everything we needed to know to become 'decent' chess players before going on to a few more advanced chess books. Actually, 'Chess for Juniors' will take you from an absolute beginner (where you don't the the difference between a 'Knight' and a 'Horse', a 'Rook' from a 'Castle' - you will get the names right soon!) to a reasonably advanced level. I looked at some of the other chess books designed for kids and they tended to focus more on entertaining drawings and pictures without a lot of real material to learn (not to mention finding a lot of children's books to not be at a reading level for kids - just appealing pictures). 'Chess for Juniors' is not a fancy picture chess book, but instead contains solid learning material and lots of it! You will not need a second chess book for awhile, as there is plenty of material to 'digest' in 'Chess for Juniors'. It is written so that your average third grade reader will be able to read it on their own (no mommy or daddy needed - however both my wife and I found it great for us - and the humor being great for the kids made mom and dad laugh a bit too which is a nice feature of this book). The index at the back of the book is so extensive that we could go back and find everything! 'Chess for Juniors' contains twenty step by step lessons that guide you through the rules (an exception job is done on covering some of the more complicated rules such as the 'en passant' Pawn cature), ideas behind development, an actual basic opening system (with the ideas of each move covered), important checkmates, endgames, and important tactics and traps! THIS BOOK IS PACKED WITH MATERIAL THAT IS EASY FOR KIDS AND ADULTS ALIKE! VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Learning the basics of Chess is made as easy as it can get in CHESS FOR JUNIORS! A very enjoyable and easy to grasp writing style with a lesson building methodology is what makes CHESS FOR JUNIORS a five star book. Did I forget to mention that it contains a lot of material (not packed with pictures that take up space for entertainment like many children's books)? It is VERY COMPLETE!
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Chess for Juniors' makes learning chess as easy as possible for anyone who can read (that means mom and dad too - this book isn't just for kids, maybe some of the humor, but that is a 'fun' exception, maybe!). The twenty lessons are well organized so that you will not become confused. The author's command of the english language of exceptional! The book is PACKED WITH MATERIAL - very complete as indicated by the subtitle. If you know the basic piece movements and a little strategy, then be prepared to learn a lot more! You will learn about all aspects of the game from opening to endgame. The reader is challenged by problems to work on as you go through each lesson. This is the ONLY beginning book on chess I have seen with any index in the back - and it is very well put together. I can also tell that the book was revised recently from its 1991 original release date. The last chapter, CONTINUING TO IMPROVE is provides useful advice and information. Do I need to say I recommend this book?
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are an absolute beginner (adult or child) and know nothing about chess you will not find a more clear guide to completely introduce you to all the basic aspects of chess! In 'Chess for Juniors' you will find, * Comprehensive and clear explanations of all the rules in a logical order. ** An introduction to the important concepts of opening development. *** A well suited opening system for a beginning with excellent explanations. **** All of the most important tactics such as hanging pieces, pins, forks and much more. ***** Opening traps that every beginner should know along with the most important checkmates. ****** Basic chess endings as a beginner should know them. ******* A couple of games with commentary on every move - excellent games well suited for a beginner as they contain important concepts. ******** A how to continue to improve chapter with good advice. There are many other good points to this book such as a very nice index in the back, excellent table of contents in the front, lots of diagrams and problems for the reader to work on. The book uses a good since of humor to help hold the interest of the young reader.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Of the half dozen or so introductory chess books I have read, 'CHESS FOR JUNIORS' when looking at a combination of completness and being easy to understand, is far superior to the others. The approach of having building lessons in a well organized manner makes this a book which is not just for children but great for adults. I use several copies of this book in my classroom for students in the 5th grade. They love it! You will be taken through a program starting with the basic rules and then going well into learning strategy - how to play in the opening, elementary endgames, checkmate patterns, tactics and well analyzed sample games. The index at the back is extensive, allowing you to find almost any important chess term or theme. No fancy, colorful pictures here, but if you want a good solid foundation on the basics of chess then look no further!
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Chess for Juniors' is a very well organized book that introduces the basics of chess. It is very suitable for elementary age students right on up to adults! The twenty lessons build upon one another providing a extreme clarity. My 7 year old read it from cover to cover and is now top player on his primary school team for K-3 (he is only in 2nd grade). He also loves the humor, that gives a nice touch to the book! Highly recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Chess for Juniors', written so that a kid an understand the reading level, is an extremely well organized and complete book on all the basics of chess. Within it's pages you will have the rules clearly explained in simple and easy to understand language. This is followed by learning all of the basics of strategy. Checkmates, Traps, Openings, Endgames, Tactics and much more are combined in step to step lessons that are building on each other. And when you are finished there are several more books in the same series that maintain a consistant type of learning. The author is extremely skilled in both playing and teaching ability with over 30 years of professional teaching and producing many national youth champions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is some reasonable material, but overall I feel a child would struggle to follow the positions and chess moves given in this book. Precise issues? The material doesn't flow well, and some of the anodyne anecdotes would annoy even a five year old. Actually some of the positions selected are suitable enough, but the explanation doesn't do them justice. This is not a book I would advise my friends to buy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is not just for kids! My 9 year old daughter, husband and and I have all read every page in CHESS FOR JUNIORS and agree hands down to give it a five star rating when writting this review. In fact, I have purchased the two follow-up (intermediate level) books in the CHESS FOR JUNIORS SERIES and we have found them equally as good. I want to thank Mr. Snyder for using his wonderful teaching talent to put his teachings on paper for the entire world to enjoy and learn from. I will now go down a list of the 10 most important reasons why our family is in love with CHESS FOR JUNIORS, 1. It is written in simple and easy to understand language for a 9-year-old to grasp, while still containing the instructional material at a level that an adult will want to learn from. 2. It is fun and entertaining. It maintains a high interest level for children by using humor. You will certainly not become bored reading this book! 3. It logically progresses through a step by step lesson format that has each lesson build on the foundation that was previously completed. There are 20 chapters. 4. The extensive index in the back makes it so you can look up terms and materials found throughout the book. If you forget something it is easy to locate it again. 5. The book covers all of the basic rules in extreme detail. This book especially does a good job of telling about rules that both children and adults have difficulty in understanding (such as 'en passant' just to name one). More advanced rules, needed for tournament play are covered in 'WINNING CHESS TOURNAMENTS FOR JUNIORS'. 6. The book builds a basic opening system and tells you move by move the reasons behind the moves. However, the book first covers the ideas behind opening strategy before going off into the system itself. The 'WINNING CHESS TOURNAMENTS FOR JUNIORS' book continues to expand on the opening system in the 'Chess Charts' while the 'UNBEATABLE CHESS LESSONS FOR JUNIORS' book covers gives more details on the opening system telling the ideas behind the moves. 7. The endgames are excellent. It covers the Rook Roller, Rook and Queen checkmates and then covers the most basic Pawn endgames. The 'WINNING CHESS TOURNAMENTS FOR JUNIORS' book continues with endgames where this book ends. 8. Lots and Lots of important tactics, opening traps and common weaknesses in Pawns are covered. There are plenty of problems to work on and the most important things (i.e. pins, forks, discoved checks and attacks, X-Ray attacks and most common things such as how to defend against the scholar's mate, Petrof's trap, etc...) needed by entry level students. 'WINNING CHESS TOURNAMENTS FOR JUNIORS expands on the tactics and checkmate problems beyond CHESS FOR JUNIORS. 9. Two complete games make up chapters 18 & 19. The analysis of every move makes it so you are not left with questions as to what is going on. And, if you want 24 more games just like them then you get, 'UNBEATABLE CHESS LESSONS FOR JUNIORS' in this series! 10. The final chapter, 'Continuing to Improve' gives very useful advice and contacts to get involved with organized chess. It also introduces 'descriptive' chess notation should you want to read some of the older books. If you know nothing about chess, or know just the most basic rules and strategy then you cannot go wrong with CHESS FOR JUNIORS!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are a beginner, or perhaps already know a little bit about chess and are looking for your first chess book then you have come to the right place. 'Chess for Juniors' may be written where a 9 year old average reader can understand it, but is not insulting to adults (not a silly picture type book that required an adult to read it to the child). A parent for example can get 'Chess for Juniors' for themselves and an elementary school age child. It is very clear and understandable. It will take you step by step through 20 lessons that will take even the most difficult rules and concepts and put them in easy to understand language. You will learn the ideas behind the openings (development, use of pawns and minor pieces), learn basic endgames, traps and tactics! Two great games at the end of the book provided the basis for two more books the author has written using games as lessons with every move commented on ('Unbeatable Chess Lessons for Juniors' and the more advanced 'More Unbeatable Chess for Juniors'). To continue with learning more about tactics, openings, endgames and about tournaments you can get 'Winning Chess Tournaments for Juniors' also part of the series. As one of the top selling chess books in the country, 'Chess for Juniors' will give you a solid foundation on all the basics of chess!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This purchase was not what I expected. The content is not up to standard and the material proved oddly disjointed. I can't quite put my finger on the problem, but I know it would be hard for anyone to learn chess well from this book. The index is a case in point, listing all the captures for pawns and items like 'Knights in Qd5 double threat' for example. Absurd, and especially so in a book supposedly aimed at young players. The compilation of this index indicates a curious way of thinking, or that a non-chess-player has compiled in. There are a lot of good starter books elsewhere on the Barnes and Noble website, so readers should hunt around.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I own over 1000 chess books and teach beginning chess classes for children. This is my text book. After having examined over 20 other books that introduce chess to the beginner I can say with confidence that this book is far superior than any of the others. CHESS FOR JUNIORS provides the most logical progression to introduce the rules and then basic strategy. A common fault with many other introductory books is that the author lacks experience in teaching things in the most logical order. CHESS FOR JUNIORS avoids those pitfalls. This Author has introduced chess to over 160,000 children (the world record). CHESS FOR JUNIORS provides a clarity beyond any other book in making the material easy to understand. An average 4th grade student doesn't need to have a parent read the book to them and explain things. So many other books have wonderful pictures and diagrams that catch the eye while you are in the bookstore. However, these other books require an adult reader. CHESS FOR JUNIORS is at the right level for kids, and adults will love to learn from it as well! CHESS FOR JUNIORS is well balanced covering in lessons that build on each other. Once students are introduced to the basic rules they learn the ideas behind the openings, are given a basic system to start with, learn the most important tactical concepts (forks, pins, mates, etc...) and the most basic endgames are covered. ALL THIS IN ONE BOOK that is reasoably well condenced. My research has revealed that this is the best selling chess book in the United States and one of the most popular text books used by school chess programs. If you are looking for a first (or maybe even second) chess book as a parent for you or your child, or if you are a teacher in need of the best text book for running a chess class this book is what you are looking for.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There isn't a better book that covers the basics. 'CHESS FOR JUNIORS' does a great job of providing clear and easy to understand lessons for any child (3rd grade on up) or adult for that matter. The author has a wonderful grasp of the use of the English language to put a clear picture in the reader's mind of every important concept that a beginner needs to learn. There are twenty lessons with each lesson building on former lessons to bring a student from absolute beginner right on up to an intermediate skill level. Humor and brief stories pertaining to the material are used to entertain and help the young student retain the information being covered. Now here is something very important! Most beginning books don't have direct follow-up books by the same author to maintain consistency. The author has two Intermediate level books which continue where 'CHESS FOR JUNIORS' leaves off. They are 'WINNING CHESS TOURNAMENTS FOR JUNIORS' (continues with more advanced coverage of Tactics, Endgames, Openings, Tournament rules and preparation, profiles and games of the author's national champions and much more!) and 'UNBEATABLE CHESS LESSONS FOR JUNIORS' (continues with the 'comment on every move' concept that 'Chess for Juniors' leaves off with - a fantastic way for the intermediate player to learn). This series of books is the most comprehensive and best series of chess books designed for a reader of almost any age.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Humor is used extensively throughout segments of this most awesome fun book to learn from. I can say this, if your kid is not a usual reader of books (has ADHD?) well then this may be the first real chess book that comes along that will get your kid reading! Kids usually like strategy/war games. This book brings chess to life without using colorful pictures and illustrations which wears out quickly and doesn't really teach anything. Chess For Juniors uses greately formatted lessons with each lesson creating building blocks on the other in a carefully crafted way to keep up the interest. I will admitt to attending one of the author's book signings in Colorado Springs several months ago to influence my decision to write on the book we got there - this one. It amazing how much material the author covered that was in this book, along with the humor and all. This was a very positive influence on my 10 year old son. If you have a child of any age, or if you want to learn chess and are not a top dog already in this fine art and sport then get this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okie Dokie here is the scoop. This book is the easiest introductory chess for for anyone age 8+ to understand. In other words this book contains serious information (not a baby picture book for kids) in a most organized format for either kid or adult who either doesn't know a Pawn from a hole in the ground right on up to a player who knows the very basics and wants to get to an Intermediate level of skill. Humor is used throughout this book to entertain any youngster (well if an adult can get into a kids mode - and that is easy for many - then you will smile at many parts of this book). Fun learning! There is no better book out there for a kid or adult who wants to learn all the basics.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book contains 20 chess lessons with lessons building on earlier lessons. The book begins with basic rules and then moves on to strategy (tactics, openings, endgames, etc...). The book contains lessons in a format just like a good teacher would present them. The book is written in a clear and easy style that kids (ages 8 on up) as well as adults will understand. I would then recommend following this book up with the author's UNBEATABLE CHESS LESSONS FOR JUNIORS and WINNING CHESS TACTICS FOR JUNIORS by Hays as a workbook.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my first chess book. Now I can say with confidence after reading numerous chess books that there is no better book out there that introduces basic rules and strategy. The book is formatted with a logical progression that makes the learning process extremely easy. The teaching style is very clear and accurate. What adds a nice touch to the book is that a good balance of humor is used that is tied in with the lessons. This makes it easier to remember things (i.e. a Knight on the Rim is Dim!). This book is recommended for students in the age 8-14 range - but adults will like it too. This would also make an excellent book for a chess teacher to use as a textbook in a classroom.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author (Robert M. Snyder) covers basic rules and strategy in a most logical, clear way. This book is great for children ages 8+ (with a parent helping age 5+) or adults who want to learn the basics. This is not a 'baby' or 'picture' book like so many others directed toward kids - it is serious enough, with a great touch of humor based on the author's many years of teaching experience. This would make a great classroom textbook from elementary or junior high schools. THE BEST BEGINNERS BOOK OUT THERE ON CHESS!