"Chess for Rookies" is a fun-to-read, leisurely, yet well-paced guide. Assuming no prior knowledge of the game, Craig Pritchett takes the beginner on a journey through the crucial basics. Mixing instruction and good humour, this book is an ideal way to learn how to play and win at chess. This work helps you: 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; and, discover where best to play and enjoy chess. And after all that, be ready to play, win and enjoy!
International Master Timothy Taylor is an experienced tournament player who has enjoyed several notable successes, including winning the US Open. He is also a renowned chess writer; one of his previous books, How to Defeat the Smith-Morra Gambit, became a US Chess Federation bestseller, while his first book for Everyman Chess, Bird's Opening, provoked much positive interest. Outside of chess, he is the author of two published novels, Elaine the Fair and Amanda, and he also directed the film Wicked Pursuits.