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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Mongoose Offers Free Chess Books for Teachers

Hello everybody!

We have fantastic news today: The excellent publisher of Chess Books Mongoose Press is offering 3 FREE chess books to chess teachers!!!!

To be sure we contacted Mongoose, and this is what they answered:

The gist of the offer is this: free books to chess teachers. To verify one's teacher status, our preferred method is a letter on stationary of the school where he/she works. However, we would consider alternatives, especially for the people who are self-employed, etc. For details, please contact Mongoose Press at This offer is valid until March 31, 2011 or until supplies last. (We do have a limited number of books printed :)

The books and shipping for any chess teachers in the USA (where Mongoose is based) is entirely free!! If you are a chess teacher and based outside of the USA, it seems you can still get the 3 books for free, but Mongoose may request some compensation for shipping internationally. Just email Mongoose with questions and chess teacher credentials.

We actually have the 3 books in question in our library, they are great for teacher and parents of kids starting to play chess. They have pages and pages of positions, starting from the simplest moves, captures, double attacks, mates in 1, exercises on castling, stalemate, even openings and endgames! With these 3 books in your library, you will keep your kid busy and happy for hours and hours of chess learning and fun!

The official description of the books is as follows:

Chess Camp is a new training system for beginning chessplayers, and for the parents and coaches who teach them. Starting with simple problems to illustrate key concepts, and then progressing to more complex positions, the student will learn by doing, methodically integrating new information with previous knowledge while building effective thinking habits at the board.

In this first volume, Move, Attack, and Capture, the student will discover how the chess pieces move; start to get a feel for the chessboard; learn to look for threats, captures, and elementary tactics; and develop an understanding of what each piece can do for his or her position – and against the opponent’s.

The second volume in this series, Simple Checkmates, contains 618 structured problems, exercises, and fun puzzles that will help the student to: 1) learn basic checkmate patterns in the opening, middlegame, and endgame; 2) see when checkmate is imminent; and 3) understand that material isn’t everything, as just a few pieces can defeat a whole opposing army.

In Checkmates with Many Pieces, the third volume in the series, the student will: 1) find his or her way to mate in more complex positions; 2) start to learn the chess openings and their respective typical checkmating scenarios; 3) begin to apply basic tactical tools such as the pin, discovered check, and double check; and 4) see the great difference that small changes can make in a position.

Igor Sukhin has been using the game of chess for more than two decades to teach children. His books have been selected repeatedly as recommended reading by the Russian Department of Education.

The author of the acclaimed children’s chess book Gary’s Adventures in Chess Country (also published by Mongoose Press), Sukhin has written more than 100 titles, with over a million copies currently in print.

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