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Simple Checkmates

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Here is the classic guide to winning chess for beginners. Recommended by chess coaches the world over, it presents a wide-range of specific chess positions and asks the reader to find the next move or series of moves that lead to checkmate--with four diagrams per page and the answers spelled out underneath.
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 12th 1999 by Ballantine (first published April 30th 1996)
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Mar 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Extremely useful for beginners, and also for intermediate players who want to sharpen their eyes for checkmates. There is simply no substitute for these kinds of exercises to develop the pattern recognition ability which underlies skill at chess-- and they're a lot of fun too!
Oct 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing

This book is great it has 430 diagrams split into types back row mates in 2, Bishop Checkmates, Queen Checkmates in 2, Rook Mates in 2 moves, Knight Mates in 2, mates in 1 move, Checkmates using a pin, Discovered and Double Checks, Queen sacrifices etc

I bring Simple Checkmates with me when I have long waits at the Hospital or Doctors appointments that take around 4-5 hours it's great for helping killing time I liked it so much I bought a second copy the first one is well worn and used.

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Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I love this type of chess book. I am a beginner and may never have the stick-to-it-ness to study the game in anymore depth. Setting up a board and going through 30 or 40 moves I just don't have patience.
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