More Books on Chess
Mostly for the beginner and intermediate chess players, including club competitors
Many studies, in a number of countries, have shown clearly that playing chess and concentrating on chess moves helps improve concentration and academic potential in children. If such exercise benefits kids, it should also benefit adults.
Chess books on the opening, middle game, and end game, as well as ones on tactics and on strategy
Copyright 2015  Jonathan Whitcomb
A review of two books that appear, on the surface, to be similar but which are very different inside.
Don’t confuse this chess book with Beat That Kid in Chess. The one shown above (HBYDC), by the grandmaster Murray Chandler, is best for intermediate players. Beat That Kid in Chess is best for the beginner who knows the rules of the game but little else.
Chess for Children is often the #1 most popular chess book on Amazon. Yet closer examination suggests it is not the best one for the enjoyment of the kids for whom it was intended. The Kids Book of Chess by Harvey Kidder may actually be better for most children to enjoy.
Fundamental Chess Openings (FCO), by Paul van der Sterren, contains both a huge collection of opening variations and many detailed explanations, including: “Nimzo-Indian Defence: Named after its pioneer Aron Nimzovich (1886-1935), this opening has been one of Black’s most popular defences to 1 d4 ever since its ‘invention’ . . . by Nimzovich during the 1910’s. Black prevents 4 e4 . . . maintains maximum flexibility . . .”
For those who can read the old Descriptive Notation, this old publication may be one of the best chess books on the end game: Practical Chess Endings. This is not for the beginner, however, even if there were such a thing as a novice chess player able to understand the Descriptive Notation in this book. It’s for the advanced and intermediate competitors, including serious club and tournament players.
Are you looking for chess books on basic tactics? Two possibilities are Beat That Kid in Chess (for the raw beginner; reading level of older child or teenager or adult) and How to Beat Your Dad at Chess (more for the intermediate player). What about chess books on strategy? Be aware that many of these publications are for players from the intermediate to advanced levels, not raw beginners.