Some Posts in “Chess for Beginners”

This is a partial listing of posts on this blog.

Chess Book Review Resources

How to get more information and comments on a number of chess books, including these:

  • Beat That Kid in Chess
  • Chess Openings (by Longman)
  • The Lazy Man’s Sicilian
  • The Kids’ Book of Chess
  • The Ideas Behind the Chess Openings
  • Chess Tactics for Kids
  • Fundamental Chess Endings
  • How to Beat Your Dad at Chess

Using a Knight Fork

For those with an eye for this tactic, the knight fork may come up in many chess games, especially when the opponent has little experience with it. We often see it in chess books.

Five New Chess Books

Very brief reviews of the following publications:

  • Beat That Kid in Chess – For the early beginner to win games
  • Chess Masterpieces: A Collection of Selected Games by World’s Masters
  • Chess Openings – by F. W. Longman
  • Reaching the Top?!: A Practical Guide to Playing Master-Level Chess
  • The Lazy Man’s Sicilian: Attack and Surprise White

Comparing Two Chess Books

Similarities and differences with The Kids’ Book of Chess and Beat That Kid in Chess.

A Relative Pin is not a Family Heirloom

This examines the tactic of the type of pin in which it’s legal to move the pinned piece.

Basics of the Absolute Chess Pin

In this type of pin, it’s illegal to move the pinned piece, at least in some dimensions of movement (yet some absolute pins are infinitely restrictive).

Levels of Chess Beginners

Chess beginners are here divided into three levels of ability: raw, mid-level, and advanced. The six ways of determining those levels are these:

  1. General Decision-Making
  2. Attack and Defense
  3. Abiding by the Rules of Chess
  4. Depth of Imagination
  5. Breadth of Imagination
  6. Promoting a Pawn

A Basic Rook Endgame – Part One

The first general lesson in king-and-rook versus lone-king

Promoting a Pawn (Part One)

Beginner-basics about promoting a passed pawn in the simplest end game: king-and-pawn versus lone king. Be aware that this is an introduction, not a complete lesson in this kind of chess end game.