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  •  I've not seen it. The Chernev Book I can rec (1+ / 0-)
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    for anyone wanting to learn the basics of the game, or for parents that want to teach their kids. It is full of hyperbole like in the quote I cite, or another favorite:

    Castling, in which the King is spiritied to safety while the rook comes to the fore, is the greatest invention since the wheel.

    Good analysis too.

    17. Ne5

    In chess you may hit a man when he's down -- Irving Chernev, on Przepiorka v. Prokes, Budapest, 1929

    by Spud1 on Mon Jul 16, 2007 at 06:22:09 PM PDT

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    •  I'll look for it. (1+ / 0-)
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      I really enjoyed The Immortal Game.  I'm sure that the information is available from other sources, but it covers some of the changes in the game- like castling, and the rise of the  powerful queen.  

      It's written in an interesting way. The book is written in parallel to The Immortal Game.  

      It may not be for the advanced chess player, but for me it was interesting.  

      I have a 9 year old son with ADHD.  The only thing that has sustained his attention and focus both in the immediate moment, and in terms of commitment over months is chess.  I wasn't really prepared that he would have any interest in  chess, so I'm just trying to catch up to the point where I can be a useful guide and critic for him.  

      I'll look for the Chernev book.  

      Is it "The Most instructive Chess Games Ever Played?"

      I regard the right to embarrass each other one of the cherished parts of American democracy. -Barney Frank

      by otto on Mon Jul 16, 2007 at 06:48:55 PM PDT

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      •  First I've seen of the game you link to, and (0+ / 0-)

        wow, what a game - tx. Things are much more about position now.

        The Chernev book is of interest in that it comments about, as the title implies, every move of 30 masters games. I don't know much about ADHD, but it is cool that your son has found something on which to focus, and I applaud you for taking the time (I know I don't have to say that). W/o knowing where you are, I'll wager that there is a club nearby, and certainly a state organization. The USChess Federation is the national body, and you can find listings there for clubs, tournaments, etc. Tournaments are actually a lot of fun, and while chess players are not nearly as hip as librarians are, you'll find other nice parents there.

        Powell's has the Chernev book. I'm one of the few that still plays postal chess, and if your son would like to play a game, send me an email and I'll set it up. Cheers.

        17. Ne5

        In chess you may hit a man when he's down -- Irving Chernev, on Przepiorka v. Prokes, Budapest, 1929

        by Spud1 on Mon Jul 16, 2007 at 07:05:52 PM PDT

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        •  I'm pretty sure he'd like to do that (1+ / 0-)
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          I'll check with him.  I think we have a couple extra boards to leave set up.  

          He plays with his school team.  It's a gifted school, so the chess team has about 20% of the school on it.  

          He went to his first tournament last year and did fairly well- 2 of 5.  His team won the overall, and they opted to let my Son take the trophy home over the weekend.  I plan on making a few tournaments with him next year, and hopefully state.  

          Email sent.

          I regard the right to embarrass each other one of the cherished parts of American democracy. -Barney Frank

          by otto on Mon Jul 16, 2007 at 07:49:02 PM PDT

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