In this illustrated book made for children and adults alike, you’ll learn about the greatest and most intelligent game of all time: chess! With all the rules of the game simply explained, you’ll become acquainted with the three stages of a chess game, as well as every single chess piece, one-by-one.
But before this, you’ll take a fascinating tour of the history of chess, reaching back to the game’s very beginnings almost 2000 years ago. Turn the pages and discover:
- Why an old wise man rejected a king’s offer of gold, and instead asked for grains of wheat
- The ancient Scottish chess pieces that inspired the game of Wizard’s Chess in Harry Potter
- How there are more possible games in chess than there are atoms in the Universe!
And much more! You’ll also read about how all the greatest grandmasters of chess started playing when they were kids, and why that’s the perfect time to begin. Chess builds imagination, focus, and logical thinking skills in children of all ages, and teaches us how to win with respect and lose with honor. But best of all, chess is great fun!
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Natalie Shevando. The wisest, kindest, and smartest books in my life are those written for children. Since I have been helping my husband for many years to organize and manage one of the most famous chess tournaments, the Zurich Chess Challenge, the idea of writing a chess book for children is no accident.
My book with Matthew is the BEGINNING OF THE STORY.For little (and not so little) people, this book opens the door to an unforgettable story full of secrets, legends, and enigmas, a story spanning millennia, the story of a game that has quietly and ingeniously conquered the world.
Matthew McMillion was born in California, just a short walk from the sparkling blue Pacific Ocean. He grew up close to Silicon Valley, in the Santa Cruz Mountains. As a boy, when he wasn’t out curiously exploring the forests with his loyal golden retriever, he was often reading books and learning to play games of all kinds. Today, Matthew is a writer and editor in Luxembourg – a land of ancient castles and mysterious legends.
Endorsements and Review Quotes
“If you want to introduce chess to your child, this colorful book is capable of solving the first and most important task: to captivate him or her with this royal game. Once done, the rest will follow.”
– Vladimir Kramnik, 14th World Chess Champion.
“A really nice book about chess for children. It introduces you to the game with fun stories that make it easy to understand what the game is about. I hope many kids will be introduced to the royal game in this enjoyable way.”
– Viswanathan Anand, 15th World Chess Champion.
“Dear Children, please enjoy this delightful book with beautiful illustrations! I do hope that through this book, you’ll fall in love with chess and it will bring you many wonderful moments in your life. Enjoy!”
– Boris Gelfand, Vice World Chess Champion.
“Este libro para pequeños ajedrecistas, avalado por Vladimir Kramnik, Viswanathan Anand y mi viejo amigo
@leontxogarcia, es una delicia.”
– Arturo Pérez-Reverte, http://perezreverte.com.
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