What's the best checkmate ever



A very colorful book reached us from Edition Olms. "Checkmate! - My first chess book" is the German edition of a book for beginners published by the English publisher Everyman Chess.

The author of the book is none other than Garry Kasparov, who wants to make it easier for his readers to get started in the world of chess. It teaches the basics, shows the figures and their gaits, explains the notation and teaches basic knowledge of tactics, openings and endgames.

The price for this beautifully designed book is 14.80 euros, it has 98 pages and a hard cover.

Chess Market 2/2006


The long-time world chess champion Garri Kasparow doesn’t need to be introduced to the chess audience as a player, but also hardly as a book author. From "Fighting Chess" (1983) and "Von der Zeitprüfung" (1986) to his latest series of works, "Meine große Vordampf" about the previous world champions (von Kasparow himself says in the Olms advertising brochure: "In my opinion, this book project is the most significant thing I have done in chess other than winning the world title in 1985 ") his books are valued and well known.

Now Kasparov, who is also known to be interested in the spread of chess, has also published a book for the bloody chess beginners. The 100-page course ranges from the idea of ​​the game and the basic line-up to the gait of the pieces to the notation, from the piece values ​​to tactical motifs to mate pictures and from the basic ideas of the opening to the most important endgame motifs. There are also exercises and a glossary of terms.

Of course, even a Kasparov cannot reinvent the game and the topics that arise, and even the mastery tips, can be read in a similar way in other beginner books. So the choice of the first chess book is also, but not just a matter of taste. There are definitely differences between the books, for example in terms of content, presentation and target group. In my opinion, Kasparov's book of Olms does not take a unique, but a very respectable and sensible middle ground. In terms of content, everything essential for the first games is presented in a well-explained and detailed manner. For example, the first complete game material, as can be found in Euwe's beginner's books, or larger passages from chess history are dispensed with. The presentation is modern, colorful and the diagrams alternate between "two- and three-dimensional", but there are no nice accompanying stories for the little ones.

So it is more of a well-founded, factual and clear beginner's book than a very playful one. It is therefore well suited for both young people and adults. In the event of an emergency, the Tumier game is also explained, which becomes clear in the section about victory and defeat and the tournament clock. This fits when the last explanation is given on the back of the book. "Garri will prepare you optimally for your first game, be it against your parents, against your friends, against a computer, on the Internet or in your first competition." So a true fan of the royal game is about to be won! And the book can do that.

Helmut Riedl, Rochade Europa 2/2006