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Chess Books for Beginners

by on Oct.03, 2015, under Chess

A brief search on Amazon, for chess books, can give one the impression that there’s an unlimited number of them, including publications for novices. The following are a few of the available chess books for beginners.

Popular Chess Books on Amazon

     How To Play Chess For Beginners: Tips & Strategies To Win At Chess

118 pages; published through Createspace; 2014

“The basic rules, how to setup the board, chess terminology, an overview of the 3 stages of chess, basic checkmates”


     Chess For Dummies 3rd Edition

384 pages; published by For Dummies; 2011

“Kings, queens, knights — does chess seem like a royal pain to grasp? This friendly guide helps you make the right moves. From using the correct terms to engaging in the art of attack, you’ll get step-by-step explanations that demystify the game.”


     Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess [apparently not written by Fischer but by ghost writing]

352 pages; published by Bantam; 1982

“This book is essentially a teaching machine. The way a teaching machine works is: It asks you a question. If you give the right answer, it goes on to the next question. If you give the wrong answer, it tells you why the answer is wrong and tells you to go back and try again.”

A New Chess Book That Uses a New Method

Beat That Kid in Chess: For the early beginner to win games

194 pages; published through Createspace; September 2, 2015

Perhaps the only chess book for beginners that uses the nearly-identical-positions (NIP) approach to training and teaching of tactics. It naturally prepares the reader to see positions in a way more like grandmasters see them.



Best Chess Book for the Early Beginner

‘Beat That Kid’ in Chess was created to prepare the early beginner to win a game of chess as quickly as possible. Unlike many other books on chess, this one does not try to push you into an advanced tournament level of ability, which can take years . . .

Chess Book for Beginners

Why show a chess student a position that’s almost the same as one that was already shown to that student? Many small details can make an infinite difference in chess, and these can be created in nearly-identical positions.

The Chess Book for the Raw Beginner

. . . This book can take you into a level that should help you defeat many beginners, at least sometimes. In other words, you will no longer be a raw beginner and will instead be able to defeat raw beginners, at least more often than you lose.

What Kind of Chess Beginner Are You?

“I know how the pieces move and I know the rules of chess, at least most of them. And yet when I look at the board, I don’t know much about what to do. I can move pawns, knights, bishops, rooks, and the king and queen, but which one and where to move it?” [What a raw beginner might say]



"Beat That Kid in Chess" paperbacks

Beat That Kid in Chess – For the raw beginner to learn how to win


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