“It’s just such a fantastic book for learning chess. I think sometimes adult improvers don’t pick this book up because of the title, and they should. It’s one of the best chess books I’ve ever read…The author is definitely a very experienced chess teacher…he’s a master player who clearly started focusing on teaching…Unlike other books which are just puzzles, it explains concepts and ideas really well, the examples are picked really nicely, he’s got a good mix. In chess, we divide it into three parts, you’ve got the opening, you’ve got the middle game and the end game. This book covers all of them, there are lots of bite-sized lessons. Within the book there are also puzzles, which are more interactive, more doable. Chess has its own language. There are all these terms and phrases chess players use which to the outside world make no sense at all. Coakley calls it ‘chess lingo.’ He explains all these terms and phrases, which is really useful for kids and parents. And there are lots of illustrations to make it more approachable, more friendly. My book is so tattered and dog-eared because I look at it all the time.” Read more...
Best Chess Books for Beginners
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