Chess for Kids

Chess for Kids

by Michael Basman, Mary Ling

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Overview

Chess for Kids by Michael Basman, Mary Ling

A children's step-by-step visual guide to the rules, skills, and techniques of chess—by International Master and renowned chess tutor Michael Basman.

From the history of chess and the aim of the game to essential tactics and taking it even farther in clubs, tournaments, and championships, Chess for Kids covers it all. Before explaining techniques, the book details each piece—pawns, bishops, the king, and more—to ensure kids have a comprehensive understanding before they begin to play. Chess board graphics illustrate different scenarios and support the text explanations so readers can visualize different moves and their potential outcomes as they go.

Let Chess for Kids and International Master Michael Basman turn you into a champion chess player.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756618070
Publisher: DK
Publication date: 02/20/2006
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 114,526
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.06(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Michael Basman became hooked on chess at the age of ten and has been playing ever since. He has taken part in several olympiads and, in 1973, swept the board at the British Chess Championships. Since becoming an International Master in 1981, he has dedicated his time to teaching schoolchildren and, in 1996, set up the UK Schools' Chess Challenge, an annual event that attracts thousands of new players each year.

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Chess for Kids 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Bookunderdog More than 1 year ago
This book wins hands down when it comes to the illustrations, pictures and diagrams for very young readers. The reading ability required to understand the material is around third grade, and it does a good job for a second or third grader, though older readers should consider "Chess for Everyone; A Complete Guide for the Beginner" (my favorite introductory book on chess) or "Learn Chess" by Aleander and Beach". For kids under age 7 reading levels a parent will be needed to help read the material.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I play chess, but how do you teach your son (or daughter)? This book is an excellent introduction in teachiong young people how to play chess. Big colorful pictures you expect from DKpub, and easily explained on the rules and movements of the pieces. Mr Basman is an International Master who now teaches school children. He is MUCH more qualified in starting my son out in chess than I am! A fine purchase that will be used as a reference for some time.
MidwestGrandma More than 1 year ago
First picked this up in the public library for my five year old grandson. I liked it, because it was a great refresher for me...but it was a little over his head. I would recommend it for 10 years old and up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just looking for a simple book for the very young reader (under nine) that will provide basic material? This book will do well in this respect. If you have an older child (9 on up) there are more comprehensive and better organized books available (examples: Lasker's Manuel of Chess for adult readers, Chess for Everyone for older children and adults). Along the same lines of this book is Chess for Children. Chess for Kids has plenty of Colour and diagrams to provide visualization. Don't particularly like the order of presentation, which can be a bit confusing, especially for a child. Children under 7 will not be able to read this book and older children over 9 would do better with a more complete book. So we are really talking about an age range of 7 to 9 here.
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This is a good book for a parent to read to their child as the reading level is too high for young kids. It has nice illustrations. The way to instruction is organized could be improved to make it a bit more clear.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is clearly a 5 star book for nice pictures/illustrations. However, it falls short when it requires a young kid (under age 12) to understand the reading level.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For it's intended readers this book has very nice illustrations and is well organized. The only drawback is that it has a lay out for children under age 9, but requires a reading ability for age 10+! Kind of self defeating. I do feel that a parent who wants to read this book to the under 9 year old can find this book useful. Yet, for a child age 10 or older there are more suitable books available.