The above book is mostly for the intermediate player. It could easily bewilder a beginner, for the many combinations are multi-move, meaning that the puzzles require looking deeply into the positions, with one move following another. This is hardly the way to delight a beginner.This chess book may also be useful to the more advanced competition players, meaning tournament players with ratings around class-A.Consider giving this book as a gift if the recipient has already won a game or two, at least.“It was the best of books; it was the worst of books”—that requires an explanation, for How to Beat Your Dad at Chess, which is given in the review linked to above. This could be a great gift for the intermediateplayer or advanced beginner. It isNOT, however, for the raw beginner.
This “cheat sheet for the casual players and post-beginners” is a short book indeed: 55 pages. This could be appropriate, as a gift, to a player who stands somewhere in the middle of the levels best suited for Beat That Kid in Chess and How to Beat Your Dad at Chess. Yet it may be best used as a supplement to Beat That Kid in Chess, for by itself it could give an impression of cheapness (~$8.95 on Amazon)The chess principles given in this book may be useful, although it is too short for many examples to be included. Yet about 6% of it is just URL references to web pages or to other chess books, rather than to explaining chess principles. That makes it less impressive as a gift.If you do give this book as a gift, it may be better to include a copy of Beat That Kid in Chess with it. Donot give this book by itself.
This chess book really is for the early beginner. The cover seems to show a young boy and a mom, but the text of this book is more for the teenager or adult reading level (or the older child).Beat That Kid in Chess may be the only book of its kind for beginners, in that it regularly uses “nearly identical positions” that make up a new method of teaching chess: PIN. This puts the reader into the frame of mind most favorable to developing those tactical abilities which are so important for a beginner to learn to win games.Give this book as a gift to the player who knows the rules of the game but has not yet won or almost never wins.The concepts in the large diagrams can be understood and appreciated by children, teenagers, and adults, but the reading level is not for little kids.This may be the best chess book forthe beginner who knows the rules butwants to soon beat other beginners.