Winning Chess Puzzles For Kids

Winning Chess Puzzles For Kids

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by Jeff Coakley

Winning Chess Puzzles For Kids is the perfect introduction to basic chess tactics for children ages 7 to 13. Full of imaginative drawings, this workbook combines standard chess problems with a variety of insightful chess-related puzzles. The main part of the book consists of exercise sheets with more than 1000 positions, covering mates in one or two moves, and simple tactics such as forks, pins, and discovered checks. There are also over 100 pages of additional material with names like Lily’s Puzzlers, Combo Mombo, Kiril’s Kontest, Who’s The Goof, and Switcheroos, plus word searches and chess mazes.

This book can be studied by itself or used as a supplement to the author’s earlier works: Winning Chess Strategy For Kids and Winning Chess Exercises For Kids. Taken together, they make a complete course of instruction for the aspiring player.

From the author’s notes:

Winning Chess Puzzles For Kids is written as a children’s workbook, but chess instructors and school teachers should find it a useful resource.

There are two categories of material: tactical exercises and chess-related puzzles. They are divided evenly into 40 “chapters”, separated by the Kiril’s Kontest pages. In general, the level of difficulty increases as the book progresses.

The tactical exercises are intended for students who are new to the game. The problems are basic though not necessarily easy to solve. They require the same thoughtful approach that players should apply to their games.

The puzzles are meant to be fun and challenging. Their instructional value varies, but together, they provide a wealth of insights into chess.

About half of the Lily’s Puzzlers come from other sources. The rest of the material in the book, unless noted otherwise, is original.

A few words about mazes. This form of puzzle, with variations in the rules, can be found in other books and on various websites. Some claim to have invented the “chess maze”. But it’s hard to create anything new! Those in this book were composed before 1994, and have appeared in each issue of Scholar’s Mate since then.

300 pages

ISBN 189552511X