Title: TOTAL CHESS
Subtitle: Learn, Teach and Play the Easy 1-2-3 Way
Publication Date: April 2011
Price: U.S. $19.95
Binding: Soft Cover (perfect, 5.5 x 8.5 x .91)
Pages: 389 (1250 illustrations)
Audience: Youth (6 years and up)
Teen (12 years and up)
Adult (18 years and up)
Description: TOTAL CHESS is your complete guide to chess. It covers everything: rules, strategies, tactics and checkmates. Everything in chess comes in threes. Three simple strategies are presented for the opening, midgame, endgame, etc. Each lesson is brief and covers one concept in simple language that everyone can read and understand. TOTAL CHESS is ideal for children and adults of all levels. Whether your goal is to learn chess, play better chess, or teach chess to others, this is the book for you!
FaceBook Page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/TotalChess
Promotional Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGZ_gmzZt6E
Podcast Interview: http://tacticstime.com/?p=2785
Chess in the Antelope Valley (excerpts from TOTAL CHESS): (August 2013 - ...)
Merriwether Mavericks Scholastic Chess Club:
Published Article ("Children and Chess"): https://skydrive.live.com/redir.aspx?cid=a2344786a6c8561a&resid=A2344786A6C8561A!182&parid=A2344786A6C8561A!123&authkey=!AOOLo9jGANedGCg
TheChessWorld (excerpts from TOTAL CHESS):
"TOTAL CHESS is a great textbook for teaching chess."
"I like the chess book. Quite interesting."
"An excellent guide for teaching chess."
"TOTAL CHESS is a very thorough work!" "I'm very impressed with what I have seen so far in the TOTAL CHESS book."
"There's a lot of information for the price. Great for beginners."
"There are many books on chess; this one does a good job at categorizing all its concepts in one book. I don't think you missed anything."
"Way beyond the classic books on chess."
"TOTAL CHESS is an excellent tutorial for beginner and intermediate chess players."
"TOTAL CHESS is one of the best books I have seen as a coaching guide!"
"I treasure this book!"
Chess in the Antelope Valley - September 2013 (scroll to pages 6 & 10):
The Chess Coach – July-September 2012 (scroll to pages 2-3):
Chess Horizons – May 2012 (scroll to pages 22-23):
Chess Life for Kids – April 2012 (article excerpt, plus the author's comments): https://skydrive.live.com/redir.aspx?cid=a2344786a6c8561a&resid=A2344786A6C8561A!185&parid=A2344786A6C8561A!123&authkey=!AHnpQOa3g8mTTo0
ChessMaine News – March 1, 2012 (website article):
FloridaCHESS magazine – Winter 2012 (article excerpt):
Chess Forums – Crash’s 2011 Improvement Thread (scroll to 11/1/2011, 7:00 AM): http://www.chessforums.org/general-chess-discussion/7327-crashs-2011-improvement-thread-21.html
Worcester Telegram & Gazette (scroll to the bottom of each article):
Sample Review: (You may copy this review as is, modify it, or use just the first paragraph)
If you could have only one book on chess, TOTAL CHESS is the book you should have. It covers everything: rules, strategies, tactics and checkmates. A whole new approach to chess has been developed by the author, where everything can be learned and remembered in sets of three. The rules of chess are arranged into sets of three. Three simple strategies are presented for the opening, midgame and endgame. Chess tactics are categorized into related groups of three. Three hints are given to help you find checkmates, and there is much, much more. TOTAL CHESS contains about 175 lessons, including 75 lessons designed for teaching a chess class. Each lesson is brief and covers one concept in simple language that everyone can read and understand. Although this book is aimed at beginners, every chess player can benefit from this new 1-2-3 approach to chess. Whether you goal is to learn chess, play better chess, or teach chess to others, this is the book for you!
TOTAL CHESS is organized into six major sections: rules, opening, midgame, endgame, tactics and checkmates. The rules section has everything you need to know to begin playing chess, including documentation, tournaments, and teaching chess to others. The opening section includes basic strategies, plans, typical mistakes, traps and pawn centers. There is also an overview of book openings and the ideas behind them. The midgame section includes strategies, plans, piece maneuvers, pawn play, piece play and positional play. There are lessons on strong and weak pawns, pawn breaks, outpost squares, weak squares, open files, queen sacrifices, king attacks and the three elements of positional play: space, time & material. The endgame section includes strategies, plans, piece endgames, pawn endgames, piece and pawn endgames, and making a draw. It also contains a very thorough and well-organized collection of endgame studies. The tactics section categorizes all chess tactics into eight related groups of three: direct, dynamic, discovered, double, decoy, deflection, defensive & delay, and introduces a new tactic called nachzugler. This organized approach to tactics will benefit even the most advanced player. The checkmate section provides helpful hints for finding checkmates, and gives positions at three different levels for beginner, intermediate and advanced players. All of the lessons are clearly presented with simple examples, making them easy to read and understand. There is also an appendix listing all of the 1-2-3 strategies, important quotes and an index. TOTAL CHESS is truly a complete guide to chess.