Checkmate! Ideas For Students is an instructional workbook for students who have mastered basic chess rules, beginning chess play, and the use of chess notation. Checkmate! Ideas For Students is designed with students, coaches, and parents in mind.
Checkmate! Ideas For Students uses algebraic notation to record moves, and follows the standard chess conventions of placing black pieces at the top of chess diagrams and of capitalizing the names of all chess pieces except pawns. The words white and black are capitalized only when referring to excellent preparation for Checkmate! Ideas For Students. Field-tested Portfolio Assessment Activity
Checkmate! Ideas For Students has been extensively field-tested with elementary, middle-school and high-school students and with at-risk students. Checkmate! Ideas For Students is an ideal portfolio assessment activity.
I'm coaching 17 kids who are fairly new to chess, and had a budget of $5/child for any chess material I could find. Not easy! This book worked well for that purpose. It's well organized, starts by teaching notation, and goes into some fairly involved tactics. The downside is that each tactic has very few examples, not enough for sufficient practice, but enough for an introduction. I told my kids to try it out (it's their first chess exercise book) and if they took to that kind of learning, I would recommend books with more of the same, or help them find similar resources online. I was very pleased with this for what I needed.
This workbook is suited to students who know all of the pieces, castling, check, and checkmate. It covers the more advanced strategies. The instruction and exercises are well written and perfect to teach the subject.