Saturday, February 20, 2016

Book review- Chess: Be the King!

*Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.

My kids have been taking chess classes for a couple of years now and they are slowly gaining skills and playing better. They can still use all the help they can get, and I have needed to brush up on my own chess skills to play with them, so we've all been happy about the arrival of a new book in our lives- Chess: Be the King! This new book is from SkyPony Press and here's a bit about it.

Chess is played on every continent and by several hundred million people. It’s the most popular board game in the world, and people of all ages love to play! In Chess: Be the King!, you’ll start by learning how the pieces move and then progress to the more complicated ideas behind the best moves for the different phases of the game. This book offers something for beginners who have never picked up a chess piece as well as more advanced instruction for experienced learners who are looking to become expert players!

Inside you’ll find exclusive tips from some of the world’s best chess players. These clever suggestions will help you to become a real king of chess. Imagine how much fun it will be to win a game against a classmate or—if you’re really good—maybe even your grandpa! If you’re up for a real challenge, you can also test yourself with puzzles taken from world championship games. Put on your thinking cap—your brain’s got some work to do!

This is a fantastic book for the chess fan in your life. It is full of tons of pictures and easy-to-understand tips about playing chess. I learned so much from this book! My 8 1/2 year old son, Ethan, has been particularly obsessed with this book. It was even his pick for the book to take on a recent family vacation! Pick up a copy and brush up on your chess skills!