Chess for Rookies is a book for complete beginners which will teach you everything you need to know in order to start playing chess. Starting with the basics of how to set up the board and move the pieces, Chess for Rookies goes on to explain how to capture your opponents pieces, how to check and checkmate, castling and en passant captures. Further lessons show how to use basic chess tactics and strategies and the fundamentals of opening, middlegame and endgame play. By the end of the book you will be ready to try out your newly learned chess skills against all-comers!
* Learn about the chessboard and how the pieces move
* Grasp the relative strengths of the chessboard forces
* Master basic chess tactics and strategies
* Get on top of trickier ideas such as castling and en passant
* Realize when to attack or defend
* Develop your opening, middlegame and endgame skills
* Learn how to use your computer to enhance skills
* Discover where best to play and enjoy chess
Craig Pritchett is an International Master. Twice Scottish Champion, he has represented his country, four times on top board, in nine Chess Olympiads. He was a longstanding chess correspondent for the Scottish newspaper, The Herald (1972-2006), and recently completed a five year term as Schools Chess Development Director for Chess Scotland (2003-2008).
Published 2009, softback, 352 pages.Sample pages (pdf)