Chess enthusiasts of all ages and levels will find this book an instructive delight. In a simple, easy-to-understand format it explains how to bamboozle your chess opponents using commonly occurring tactical motifs. The illustrative positions, all taken from real games, show the 50 Tricky Tactics that experienced chess masters use to win their games. Recognising frequently-occurring tactical ideas is vital to success in chess. One of the fastest and most enjoyable ways to improve at chess is by learning these thematic manoeuvres. Beginners will benefit from the clear explanation of basic concepts, such as how to utilise a fork, pin, or skewer. Advanced players will delight in the many devious middlegame tricks - some classified here for the first time - which can catch out even grandmasters. Chess Tactics for Kids makes improving easy and fun, and is full of helpful explanations on how to approach chess games with confidence - and success.
Grandmaster Murray Chandler finished second in the World Cadet Championship in 1976, ahead of Garry Kasparov, whom he defeated in their individual game. He remains to this day one of the few players in the world with a 100% score against Kasparov. He was a key member of the England team that won the silver medals in Chess Olympiads three times during the 1980s, and went on to captain the team in 1994. He is a former proprietor and editor of the British Chess Magazine and the author of several successful chess books. His previous book for Gambit, How to Beat Your Dad at Chess, has proved one of the most popular chess books of recent years. See also Chess for Children (with Helen Milligan) and Chess Puzzles for Kids.
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" This is not just for kids, but also for anyone who wants to improve their tactical prowess over the chessboard." - Marvin Carbin, Open File
"Good value and highly recommended for juniors and novices." - Phil Adams, 3Cs website
"It begins with a section on how to study tactics and ends with 54 test positions. Beginners are sure to benefit from the pattern recognition and explanation of basic concepts. In fact it can be useful for advanced players as well because these tactics are often the deciding factor in Internet blitz and bullet games." - Mark Donlan, Chess Horizons
"As a teacher of scholastic/junior players, I have long wished for a comprehensive yet brief and inexpensive guide to chess tactics. Murray Chandler has finally created a work that fills the bill" - Bill Whited, Chess Country
"Chandler writes in a clear, intelligent style that does not talk down to kids" - Daniel Lucas, Georgia Chess
"While the beginning tactics teach the more basic tricks, like forks and pins, when you get deeper into the book, you'll find tricks that even grandmasters could miss." - Stuart Solomon (aged 12), Chessville.com
"...really easy to understand. If you need a general idea of tactical examples Chandler's books will help you." - KARL
"The introductory texts are for children of primary school age and are very witty, with useful vocabulary for children." - Harald Fietz, Schach Magazin 64
"...as interesting for adults as it is for kids." - Schachmarkt
"This little book is superb for private study." - Dr. W. Schweizer, Rochade
"This book should not be left out of a child's education!" - Jerzy Konikowski, Fernschach International
"From my point of view, this is a totally successful book for the intended target audience - and that is not only due to the occasional scattered very attractive chess cartoon." - Helmut Conrady
" the reader will learn many tactical tricks from this book and thus surely increase his playing strength." - Jerzy Konikowski, Fernschach International