A plug for Jessica Prescott

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A book for young people who want to play chess

My First Chess Book: 35 easy and fun chess-based activities for children aged 7 years +

Most players attending our events have got the hang of playing chess.  But there's quite a gap between knowing the rules and knowing how to play.  It isn't always easy to know how to get across this gap, and this is where Jessica's book comes in.

There are 21 rules for playing chess and probably a dozen things you need to get right to play a proper game -- look for what you can take, what can take you, get your pieces out, and so on.  Jessica's book takes on these elements one at a time.  You have to be a bit patient, because she wants you to get used to the game one idea at a time, and not jump in to playing a whole game from the start.

For example, one of the early games in the book is just for Rooks and Bishops.  

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----r---
----b---
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----B---
----B---
----R---
----R---

This game gets you used to:

  •  * how the Rook moves
  •  * how the Bishop moves
  •  * how to capture in chess
  •  * looking for captures all over the board

You can get the book second-hand for a criminally small amount from Amazon, who, coincidentally, pay a criminally small amount of UK tax.