Popular Chess Posts for Beginners (by Whitcomb)

The following are more popular than most of the posts on this blog:

Common Mistake in the Opening

White has just moved h4, a mistake. Some beginners make this kind of pawn move to bring out a rook early in the opening. Rooks are too valuable to be put into danger like that in the early opening. Save them for later.

Two Chess Books; Just One for Beginners

It may be rare for two chess books to differ greatly inside when they look very similar on the cover. Yet that’s the case with Beat That Kid in Chess and How to Beat Your Dad at Chess. The first is for beginners; the second is for more experienced players.

The following are popular posts, relatively speaking, on other chess blogs:

“Beat That Kid in Chess” – A Book for Beginners

My new paperback book Beat That Kid in Chess is for the early beginner, the player who knows the rules of chess but almost nothing else about the royal game (published Sep 2, 2015). . . .

It’s for a wide range of readers: adults, teenagers, and some older children. . . . [It] uses NIP, a new teaching method that naturally guides the mind of the reader to grasp basic tactics. Nearly-identical positions are used systematically in this chess book, perhaps the first publication to use NIP in an organized, dependable way.

Does Chess Benefit Children?

In 1996, this psychologist [Stuart Margulies, Ph.D] found that elementary school students in Los Angeles and New York who played chess—they scored approximately 10% higher on reading tests than their peers who didn’t play the game. [parents.com]

New Chess Book for Beginners

Have you had trouble with a kid who was too smart, beating you in a game of chess almost before you knew what hit you? I can probably help you teach that kid a lesson, but I make no absolute guarantee: You know that kid and I don’t. If you know the chess rules but almost nothing about how to win, this book is for you.

Best Book for a Chess Beginner

For a teenager or adult who knows the rules of chess but little else, the choice [of which book to purchase] may be easy: the new book Beat That Kid in Chess or the old one Chess for Dummies. If the book purchase is for a gift, the first title is obviously much better, unless you want to insult the one you’re giving the book to.

End Game Logic

Does common-sense logic work in the chess end game? Simple logic definitely can help you, provided you combine it with knowledge of the general type of ending in which you find yourself, and you work out the move calculations that are often critical. Some chess books can be extremely useful for increasing your knowledge of end games, but the brute-force mental calculations are still needed.