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  1. 15 Jul '12 19:02
    By Gambit books, these are all excellent, it's a shame the covers look so kid orientated because some stronger players might feel patronised by them. I have them for my daughter and girlfriend to read, but I have learnt plenty from them too. I'm reading through how to beat your dad at chess, which has some great mating patterns in it and is very instructive tactically. Also looking forward to moving onto the openings book, which seems to give the ideas behind the openings, what goes where and why, along with a few tricks and traps, for 50 openings. A nice way to get a broad overview of many openings, and allow you to feel comfortable whatever is played. Plenty of diagrams to allow you to read without a chess board, and some nice problems to test yourself against at the end.
  2. 15 Jul '12 21:02 / 1 edit
    "How to Beat Your Dad at Chess" and "Chess Tactics for Kids" are classics and two of the best books you can give a beginner who is looking to improve their chess. Murray Chandler (*) proved to be an excellent author and it's a pity he hasn't written more of the same. In fact the word on the street is that he has a new book coming out soon - "Chess Puzzles for Kids". I'll definitely be buying this one as soon as I can, though there is no shortage of extremely good puzzle books available.

    However, in my opinion "Chess Openings for Kids" is anywhere near as good as those two. Despite the similar design and title, Murray Chandler didn't write this one.



    (*) A little known fact is that Murray Chandler is the son of RHP's Geoff Chandler, AKA Greenpawn34
  3. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    15 Jul '12 23:14
    Originally posted by Fat Lady

    (*) A little known fact is that Murray Chandler is the son of RHP's Geoff Chandler, AKA Greenpawn34[/b]
    An epiphany for me! A curious feeling to be "surprised" and "not surprised" at the same time.
  4. 15 Jul '12 23:48
    hmmmmm

    a scot with a kiwi son
    and it would make greenpawn 70something.

    hmmmmm
  5. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    16 Jul '12 01:45
    Originally posted by Wilfriedva
    hmmmmm

    a scot with a kiwi son
    and it would make greenpawn 70something.

    hmmmmm
    Does this mean I've been punk'd?
  6. 16 Jul '12 09:24
    Originally posted by Wilfriedva
    hmmmmm

    a scot with a kiwi son
    and it would make greenpawn 70something.

    hmmmmm
    Murray Chandler's mother and Greenpawn34 lived in London in the early sixties. Greenpawn later moved to Edinburgh and Murray's mother to New Zealand with her family, which is where Murray was born. Greenpawn was a young father to be sure, but it's important to remember that the age of consent in the UK was only twelve years old until 1960.
  7. 16 Jul '12 11:07
    Originally posted by Fat Lady
    Murray Chandler's mother and Greenpawn34 lived in London in the early sixties. Greenpawn later moved to Edinburgh and Murray's mother to New Zealand with her family, which is where Murray was born. Greenpawn was a young father to be sure, but it's important to remember that the age of consent in the UK was only twelve years old until 1960.
    Had you thrown in some aliens I would've believed you 😀

    yes paul,I think you've been punk'd

    How old is Geoff anyway?
  8. 16 Jul '12 11:44 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Wilfriedva
    How old is Geoff anyway?
    See http://www.chessedinburgh.co.uk/chandlerarticle.php?ChandID=55
    There's a picture of the expectant father at the bottom of the page. He was obviously a mod in those days as he riding a scooter.
  9. 16 Jul '12 12:30 / 1 edit
    Hi.

    I was 61 a few days ago. I've had my bus pass a year now.
    In Scotland over 60's can go anywhere in Scotland by bus.
    I've been taking at least one day trip a week all over Scotland for free!
    (Usually I seek out the junk shops looking for chess books or any item I think I
    can get more for on E-Bay. Very recently sold something for £247.00 which cost £3.00)

    I have been ID'd 5-6 times with drivers refusing to believe I'm over 60.
    Last week it was Glasgow to see the Scottish, Tomorrow I'm doing Haddington
    and Dunbar.

    Next week I'm getting the free bus to Berwick and then have to pay
    for the few miles into England to visit the British Champs.

    That link:

    http://www.chessedinburgh.co.uk/chandlerarticle.php?ChandID=55

    Was I think one of the best Corners. I received (and occasionally still do) a few
    good emails from the Draughts/Checkers fraternity.

    The coincidence at the end was quite amazing. I had no idea at until I started
    fishing about geting getting my money's worth.

    I have often thought of doing a book called: 'How to Beat Your Son at Chess'
    (I'll just swap the Dad & Son names and games in Murray's book.) 🙂
  10. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    16 Jul '12 14:56
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    Hi.

    I was 61 a few days ago. I've had my bus pass a year now.
    In Scotland over 60's can go anywhere in Scotland by bus.
    I've been taking at least one day trip a week all over Scotland for free!
    (Usually I seek out the junk shops looking for chess books or any item I think I
    can get more for on E-Bay. Very recently sold something for £247.00 whi ...[text shortened]... Son at Chess'
    (I'll just swap the Dad & Son names and games in Murray's book.) 🙂
    Reading that "Chandler Cornered" was well worth the price of getting punk'd- the ending is surreal.

    That's just good writing, with the games merely an instrument for storytelling.
  11. 17 Jul '12 15:27
    "Tomorrow I'm doing Haddington and Dunbar.... "

    I did not get to Dunbar. Ist junk shop in Haddingtom and I pick up
    Boris Spassky's Best Games by Soltis for two quid. (and a 50's Rock n Roll
    CD with T-Bone Walker, Big Joe Turner, Ivory Joe Hunter and Arthur Smith and
    the Crackerjacks....classic stuff for one quid.) Got the next bus back.

    Just played over a few games. What a refreshing joy it is to say hello to some
    old friends this time through wiser eyes and meet new friends as well.
    I cannot think why I stopped going through Cafferty's Book on Spassky.
    I've got it knocking about somewhere and I know I never did all the games.
    (most liklely picked up some naff opening book thinking it would do me good.)

    Just popped on to say I won't be around for a while.....
    ........have a chess feast of delights to digest. (playing in the background will
    be Johnny Moore's Three Blazers - genuine bands - Google em.)

    Keep out of trouble and no arguing.
  12. 20 Jul '12 00:43
    Originally posted by Fat Lady
    Murray Chandler's mother and Greenpawn34 lived in London in the early sixties. Greenpawn later moved to Edinburgh and Murray's mother to New Zealand with her family, which is where Murray was born. Greenpawn was a young father to be sure, but it's important to remember that the age of consent in the UK was only twelve years old until 1960.
    While I know that Fat Lady is joking about Greenpawn34, I should point out that
    it's untrue that "the age of consent in the UK was only twelve years old until 1960".

    First, I should mention that England & Wales and Scotland have different laws.
    For England & Wales, in 1875 the age of consent for girls was raised to 13 years;
    in 1885 it was raised to 16 years.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Eliza_Armstrong_Case
  13. 20 Jul '12 01:28
    I am not Murray Chandler's Dad.

    (I'm his mother.) 🙂
  14. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    20 Jul '12 08:24
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    Hi.

    I was 61 a few days ago. I've had my bus pass a year now.
    In Scotland over 60's can go anywhere in Scotland by bus.
    I've been taking at least one day trip a week all over Scotland for free!
    (Usually I seek out the junk shops looking for chess books or any item I think I
    can get more for on E-Bay. Very recently sold something for £247.00 whi ...[text shortened]... Son at Chess'
    (I'll just swap the Dad & Son names and games in Murray's book.) 🙂
    Happy belated birthday, by the way!
  15. 20 Jul '12 10:04 / 1 edit
    Thank you.

    I was sent a new greenpawn avatar as a birthday gift.
    I've just updated it. It looks all posh.