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Recommended Chess Books


Recommended for purchase depending on your child’s level of play. Whether you’re getting started or if you are a serious tournament player, the following books have proven to advance your skill level, where ever it may be. 

 

 

 

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Getting Started


Learn piece names and moves.

 

 

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Chess for Children
by Murray Chandler and Helen Milligan

 

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Beginning Books


Learn how to play using basic strategies.

 

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How to Beat your Dad at Chess
by Murray Chandler

Must have book for serious tournament player at beginning level!

 

 

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Chess Tactics for Kids
by Murray Chandler

 

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Chess Puzzles for Kids
by Murray Chandler

 

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Chess for Children
by Murray Chandler

 

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Checkmate for Children: Mastering the Most Important Skill in Chess
by Kevin Stark

 

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Intermediate Books


Develop strategies, tactics, and plan ahead.

 

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Power Chess for Kids: Learn How to Think Ahead and Become One of the Best Players in Your School
by Charles Hertan

If you only buy one book at this level, buy this one.

 

 

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Power Chess for Kids: More Ways to Think Ahead and Become One of the Best Players in Your School
by Charles Hertan

 

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Alpha Teach Yourself Chess in 24 Hours
by Zsuzsa Polgar and Hoainhan Truong, and Alan Horvitz 

This is a great book for parents to learn how to play and how to guide your child. Also, for older children.

 

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Learn Chess the Right Way Book 1: Must-Know Checkmates
by Susan Polgar and Paul Truong

 

 

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Learn Chess the Right Way Book 2: Winning Material
by Susan Polgar and Paul Truong

 

 

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Learn Chess the Right Way Book 3: Mastering Defensive Techniques
by Susan Polgar and Paul Truong

 

 

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Learn Chess the Right Way Book 4: Sacrifice to Win!
by Susan Polgar and Paul Truong

 

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Learn Chess the Right Way Book 5: Finding Winning Moves!
by Susan Polgar and Paul Truong

 

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A World Champion’s Guide to Chess
by Susan Polgar and Truong

 

 

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Advanced Books


…for serious tournament players.

 

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Chess Tactics for Champions
by Susan Polgar and Paul Truong

Highly recommended for serious experienced chess players. Although designed to be effective alone, Coach Paden suggests trying to work with a parent or peer partner. 

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Modern Chess Openings
By Nick de Firmian

The best versions are 15th Edition or newer.

 

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