Two Quick Book Reviews

Two Quick Book Reviews


I grabbed two inexpensive chess books from Amazon. The first is the Ultimate Chess Playing Guide by Terence North.

The Ultimate Chess Playing Guide is a beginners book, with small gems of information sprinkled about that can enhance your game play regardless of skill level. The bad side of this book is that proof reading is almost nonexistent which makes reading certain paragraphs annoying. For example under a section called The Pieces, the author wrote this:

1 King: arguably the most imperative piece on the board, the games purpose is to attempt and catch your rival's the best. The ruler can move in any heading one space

Yes, read that again

The book is about 50 pages on the Kindle. On a scale of 1 to 10, I give it a 6.5

 The second book: Chess - Chess for Beginners to Intermediate Level; Learn Creative Openings, Quick Finishes, Brilliant Sacrifices, and Solid End Game

This book I am enjoying much more as the author gives game examples along with a good explanation of why you would make such moves with your pieces. The only downside is that you will need a chess board to follow through with the examples.

This book is about 48 pages on the kindle. On a scale of 1 to 10, I give it an 8.

Side Notes:

The book shelf picture above I took from Google Images - this is what I want my den to look like one day

This week I have been playing against the following opponents; each one plays different from each other in quiet ways; however, all of them seem to smack me around on the chess board. Please feel free to give them a challenge if you are around their rank.

Mathieh (my oldest and favorite opponent on; he is light-years ahead of me in skill level)




Jacues (this guy is destined for greatness)


If you do challenge any of the players above tell them I said "hello!"