The Chess Kid's Book of Tactics

The Chess Kid's Book of Tactics

by David MacEnulty

Paperback(Large Print)



In chess, tactics are the tricks and techniques players use to get a quick advantage over their opponents. David MacEnulty, a former director of program development in New York City's award-winning Chess-in-the-Schools program, teaches students how to develop a tactical mindset. In The Chess Kid's Book of Tactics, he instructs 6-10-year-old players in how to recognize the basic chess patterns and how to apply those patterns to understand-and win-the game.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812935097
Publisher: Diversified Publishing
Publication date: 07/29/2003
Series: Chess Series
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.21(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.55(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

David MacEnulty is the chess teacher at The Dalton School and the former director of program development at Chess-in-the-Schools in New York. His teams have won three National Champion titles and came in second four times. David and his chess teams have been featured nationally on CBS, CNN, in Chess Life magazine, and in many local television and print news stories.

Table of Contents

Introduction for Parentsvii
Introduction for Kidsx
1Chess Basics1
2Tactics Overview8
3En Prise14
4Take a More Important Piece22
5More (or Better) Attackers than Defenders28
9Discovery and Discovered Check83
10Double Check91
11Overload or Overworked Piece96
12Remove the Guard105
16Make the Right Capture134
17Mixed Tactics147
Part 1149
Part 2155
Solutions to Mixed Problems164
About the Author166

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The Chess Kid's Book of Tactics 1.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The 'Chess Kid's Book of Tactics' has a good idea behind it by giving tactical positions based on important themes and then gives example games ending with the theme in the problems presented. However, the book falls short. The example games contain little in any analysis showing where strong and weak moves are made. This is critical of any book directed toward teaching beginners.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book doesn't have enough material and the games have very little commentary where it is needed. Not a great book for a kid.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am used to seeing great books by the McKay Chess Library. After getting this book I am very disapointed. This book lacks content and doesn't explain where in most cases mistakes are made. An example game is given where one or more bad mistakes are made to reach a position to show a theme. In most cases it will not show where the mistake was made. The author shows very little understanding of teaching chess and not being an expert or master player himself doesn't understand chess very well.