DO YOU KNOW A SMART 8-TO-14-YR-OLD WHO IS BORED THIS SUMMER? GET HIM/HER THIS BOOK, A CHESSBOARD AND A COPY OF THE MOVIE "SEARCHING FOR BOBBY FISCHER."
From the cover:
From ever-popular instructor Bruce Pandolfini comes this entertaining, interactive and effective book for teaching young chess players and other newcomers to the game. Filled with hundreds of questions and answers, fill-in-th-blanks, and true-or-false posers, Square One combines traditional chess drills with diverting games and problems to stimulate the analytical skills of beginners of all ages.
From the introduction:
"Today, no matter where you are, you'll have no trouble making friends if chess is the common language."
"I won't argue . . .that chess develops intelligence. But. . .playing chess provides practice for solving problems. And what is intelligence if it's not the ability to solve problems?"
Teaches the fundamentals in seven chapters...starts at the very beginning and explains everything step by step. Really two books in one: introductory manual for beginning players of all ages and a collection of tactical puzzles for experienced players.