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Learn to Play Chess

35 easy and fun chess activities for children aged 7 years +

Learn how to play chess—the world’s most popular board game!

Jessica E Prescott helps you improve your skills through 35 fun activities—this isn’t just a textbook about the rules! Why not have a game of Face Off, all you need are two rooks and bishops of each color, then battle it out to capture all of your opponent’s pieces, or try Rookie Cookie, where the rook can go as far as it wants and move in any direction? With Create-a-Mate you will learn the vital skill of following activity and working pieces as pairs. All the activities have clear, easy-to-follow instructions and colorful artworks so you can see exactly where pieces should be on the chessboard. There are also helpful hints and tips throughout, as well as a Starting Out section if you ever need reminding of a rule or have forgotten how a piece can move.

Jessica Era Prescott recently ranked in the top 100 US female chess players. She has been a chess instructor for 16 years and has coached teams in three states at the State and USA National Championship levels. Jessica is the past Vice President of Scholastic Chess with the North Carolina Chess Association (NCCA). Since 2010, she has been a weekly author for the interactive website www.chesskid.com. In 2008, Jessica created Over The Chessboard, an organization dedicated to promoting chess for everyone. The author is based in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.

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