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.
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 Parents||vii|
|Introduction for Kids||x|
|4||Take a More Important Piece||22|
|5||More (or Better) Attackers than Defenders||28|
|9||Discovery and Discovered Check||83|
|11||Overload or Overworked Piece||96|
|12||Remove the Guard||105|
|16||Make the Right Capture||134|
|Solutions to Mixed Problems||164|
|About the Author||166|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Chess Kid's Book of Tactics based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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.
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.
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.