The game of chess has recently seen a resurgence of interest. So what happens if your kids are suddenly interested in the game but you have no clue how to play it? That’s where How to Beat Your Kids at Chess – An Adult’s Beginner’s Guide to Chess by David MacEnulty can help.
How to Beat Your Kids at Chess by David MacEnulty is suitable for any person who is interested at learning about the game. No kids required. Even though it claims to be a beginner’s guide, it is by no means simply a basic level guide.
Yes, it does start from the very basics, introducing the chessboard and the various chess pieces as well as concepts such as check, checkmate and stalemate, but it goes on to cover much more.
How To Beat Your Kids At Chess – An Adult’s Beginner’s Guide to Chess by David MacEnulty Review
What we found useful about David MacEnulty’s How To Beat Your Kids At Chess was that it systematically covers the tactics and strategies involved in the game of chess. This includes opening principles and how to play the endgame.
These sections make the book useful, not just for beginners, but even adults who know the game but have not been formally introduced to its tactics and principles.
It also draws out lessons that can be learn from the middle game of chess, based on the actual games of Paul Morphy. This challenges the reader to think about longer term strategies and not just the next move.
The chapters in How To Beat Your Kids At Chess – An Adult’s Beginner’s Guide to Chess are rounded off with a set of puzzles to reinforce and impress the concepts on to the reader. This is useful but almost feels a bit quaint because this is in a paper format and you can now get similar type lessons, available in a more interactive ways, on apps and websites such as Chess.com and Lichess.org.
Consolidate Your Understanding
Nonetheless, for those who are seeking to learn the game of chess, or to consolidate what they know about chess and chess tactics, How To Beat Your Kids At Chess by David MacEnulty is a useful read. Even older kids will be able to appreciate the book and what it has to offer.
The book is available for purchase on Amazon here.
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