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Fried Liver & Burning Pants

Fried Liver & Burning Pants

Product Review (submitted on March 10, 2014):
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.