- Reading level: 9 - 12 years
- Hardcover: 112 pages
- Publisher: Gambit Publications Ltd (1 April 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1904600069
- ISBN-13: 978-1904600060
- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.3 x 27.3 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,72,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chess for Children Hardcover – 1 Apr 2004
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Gambit Publications specialises in chess and has an unrivalled reputation for originality and editorial excellence. The company is owned and staffed entirely by leading chess masters and grandmasters.
About the Author
Murray Chandler gained the chess Grandmaster title by winning events in New York and Amsterdam. During 28 years as a professional player, he has taken part in over 150 international tournaments, in 32 different countries. His previous books include the best-selling How to Beat Your Dad at Chess and Chess Tactics for Kids.
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In the board depictions about taking the king the black king on the board is consistently illustrated as a white king in the move instructions. Particularly for young players still trying to figure out the notation system, this is highly confusing. I had to go through the book with a black pen and meticulously color-in the white king references that should have been black king references in the move instructions so that my grandsons wouldn't have whiplash from trying to figure out the book. This book has been in print since 2004. I am utterly shocked this has not been fully edited in the 2017 printing since this is the 12th reprinting of the book. Possibly this is a new error only in the 2017 re-print, but since I ordered this in December of 2017, it certainly seems someone would have noticed this and corrected it before...unless adults buy this book for kids to read and then wonder why the kids seem confused or turned off.
The author or publisher definitely needs to address this problem. If the rest of the book wasn't really good or if I was not willing to go through and take about an hour to color in the move depictions, the best place for this book is the trash bin. The last thing I want to do for my grandchildren is to get them confused about chess if they take the time to read this book carefully. Very counter-productive.
That said, with better key editing, this could be a very good book for kids.
I suspect that publishers of children's books feel a need to keep their page counts down. Perhaps they think that expecting a nine-year-old to read more than a hundred pages about a topic like chess is just too much to ask. They might be right -- I don't know -- but the answer in that case is to market something that covers less of the game and in a more gentle fashion.