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Fried Liver & Burning Pants

Curious, But True Chess Stories & The Lessons We Learn From Them

Product Code: B0071OB


Coach Jay Stallings takes coaches and players alike through some of the strangest and weirdest (yet true!) stories in Chess. From how Ossip Bernstein had to save his own life with a game of chess to Bobby Fischer's amazing winning streak to Harry Nelson Pillsbury's ability to play Chess, Checkers and cards at the same time, there is something in here for everyone, complete with Coach Stalling's insights on what you can learn from these stories to improve your own game!

About the Author

"Coach Jay" started teaching chess in 1994. He enjoys sharing the funny side of chess with his students. He and his wife, Michel, founded California Youth Chess League, a non-profit organization with the mission of "empowering youth to grow through chess". CYCL teaches about 700 students in 20 schools. Coach Jay and his wife have two sons, Ryan, and Jackson who both enjoy playing chess. Coach Jay maintains a rating of about 2100 USCF and FIDE.

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Customer Reviews

Not What I expected but a pleasant surprise. Review by Kirk
I primarily ordered this because I was curious. I thought that it was going to be more or a "chess story/history" book, which in part it is. The dimensions of the book are 8 1/2" by 11" and the font is a little on the large side. Also the book is only 89 pages long. This is most likely because the book seems to be aimed and junior level players say beginners from approximately 10-14 years old.

The drawings are pleasantly done as far as I can tell all the chess positions that are part of the story or introductory part of the book have a "drawn" element to them. There are 68 test positions by my counting, and these are done with a more traditional chess font for the pieces, which is a good thing. Their are four test positions for almost every chapter or section, They are in given with increasing difficulty and they are labeled Rookie, Club Player, Club Champ and Expert. There are also about another 18 positions that are part of the stories and introductory sections of the chapters.

I would primarily suggest this book for parents, coaches and junior level players. For other players if you want to see and interesting and well done chess book and learn a little about chess history in a fun way then this book may also be for you as well. (Posted on 3/10/2014)
Excellent Read for Chess Fans! Review by Cole
This book is not only interesting to read, but it also gave me new strategies in the game of chess. In the back of the book, it has a whole bunch of problems to do that comply with the lessons in the book. So not only does it show you the lessons, but it reinforces them with questions about them. There are very funny and interesting stories in this book, I loved the one about the man who caught his pants on fire and spooned soup into his lap while focusing on a chess position. Overall, this is an excellent book for the young, old and all fans of chess! (Posted on 6/9/2013)

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Additional Information

ISBN 9780988970403
Manufacturer Ariva Publishing
Author/s Coach Jay Stallings
Pages 89
Publication Date Mar 19, 2013
Notation Type NL - Notationless
Book Binding Type Paperback