Beat That Kid in Chess is not actually an instruction manual for defeating a child in the royal game. It’s for improving the chess playing abilities of a raw beginner, so that person can win against other beginners.
In contrast to some chess books that are best for advanced beginners, this one really is for the newcomer, the tenderfoot who knows how to move the pieces around the board but does not know how to actually win a game of chess.
In contrast to chess books that have page after page about the rules of the game, this one assumes you already know how to play. Beat That Kid in Chess teaches you too see an opportunity to checkmate your opponent. Yet it teaches you much more: how to progress through a game in a way that gives you the advantage over your beginner-opponent. It teaches you the most basic simple tactics to progress towards the victory.
The best chess book for the true novice
From the Introduction of Beat That Kid in Chess:
You are the one, however, to decide how easy or challenging these lessons will be. If you want to win just one game against a raw beginner, a casual reading might do the trick, with limited mental exercise needed on your part. Yet if you later want more, come back to these lessons and put more effort into remembering and applying them. You’ll win more games or at least win the admiration of someone who appreciates a reasonable game.
From the beginning of Chapter Two:
Concentrating on the lessons in this book should help you progress from a raw beginner to a more advanced beginner. Do not expect it to prepare you to compete well with an average tournament player. And yet you may soon become a more challenging competitor to other beginners, after you have mastered the previous chapter and this one.
Comparison With Other Chess Books
It’s been estimated that about 100,000 books have been published about chess. So how does Beat That Kid in Chess compare with those books that are best for beginners? It may be the only chess book that systematically uses the nearly-identical-positions method of training, which naturally helps the reader to see the most important details in a chess position. This new NIP method is apparently not yet known to those grandmasters who had previously written chess books, yet it is an obvious advantage to use it in teaching basic tactics. In fact, this method, nearly-identical-positions, could also be used to advantage with more advanced chess players.
Written especially for the raw beginner, the chess player who knows the rules of the game but not much about how to win, “Beat That Kid in Chess” is ideal for the novice.
I may not be able to compete well with grandmasters over the chess board, but in writing a book for chess beginners, few grandmasters can compete with me. One evidence for this shows itself in the nearly-identical chess positions in my new book.
‘Beat That Kid in Chess’ is for the “raw” beginner, the novice who knows the rules of the game but has little or no experience actually playing a chess game. The reading level is for teens and adults (and possibly older children), yet the concepts are easy for a wide range of readers.