best chess books for beginners and children

Best Chess Books for Beginners and Children

This website is already very beginner friendly, but the fact that you can’t hold and carry it around makes it hard to compare. What if you don’t have access to the internet and still want to refine your chess skills? Find the best chess books

Check out my recommendations below.



Chess for Children: How to Play the World’s Most Popular Board Game is a perfect book for those new to chess. Don’t let the “children” part fool you; this book can help anyone of any age improve their chess knowledge. Even for those with some experience already, this book may teach you a thing or two. Chess for Children was written by grandmasters, telling us that the knowledge in this book is sound and strong, but still on a simple level. This book would be a perfect gift for a relative (young or old) that has potential or expresses interest in the game of chess.

Rating: 8.5/10. This book isn’t recommended for children less than 10 years old. If you are looking for something like that, check out the next book.



The Kids’ Book of Chess and Chess Set features both an amazing book and a simple beginner chess set. This package here is the perfect combination for a child that is ready to learn chess. I gave this book and chess set to my 7 year old nephew, and he now knows all the basics to the game, including simple rules, how the pieces move, and a bit of history into the chess game itself. The book gives any child a wonderful foundation to build upon.

Rating: 9.5/10. This book is simple, straightforward, helpful, perfect for beginners, and is helpful to all ages (but tailored to children). This one is highly recommended.



1001 Chess Exercises for Beginners: The Tactics Workbook that Explains the Basic Concepts is where it gets a little bit more complicated, but don’t worry. It’s still tailored to beginners. This book will help you understand basic concepts, such as simple openings, defenses, moves, tactics, and tips. It also works as a workbook, so it is truly meant to improve a player’s individual skill.

Rating: 8/10. This book will help you practice and it’s something that you can go back to. It will help students see patterns in their chess games and formulate stronger strategy.



Logical Chess: Move By Move: Every Move Explained New Algebraic Edition is the next step after you’ve learned the basics. Once you learn how all the pieces move, it’s time to learn how to put it all together. Logical Chess provides step-by-step analysis of chess tactics to help you understand why certain moves are play, thus increasing your chess knowledge capacity.

Rating: 10/10. I can’t stress how strongly this book will improve your thinking ability in chess. The how is important in order to have a foundation, but the why is what will truly help you execute checkmates.



Winning Chess Tactics (Winning Chess – Everyman Chess) is a tactics book tailored to ages 5 and up (based off of Amazon review). It is written by Yasser Seirawan, an internationally known chess grand master. Apart from the tactics volume, there are also other chess picks in this series that cover strategies, openings, endings, and play. All of those books are good as well, but I highly recommend this one for tactics. The information in this book can massively change the outcome of your games, helping you overcome scenarios when you’re in a pinch, or securing your lead by delivering a flawless checkmate.

Rating: 9.5/10. This book covers an outstanding amount of chess tactics, both commonly known and unique. It isn’t age restricted and is helpful to both novices and those wishing to perfect their skill.

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12 Comments

  1. I remember as a young child I was so fascinated by chess and I would take every chance to play it with my dad. He’s not an expert player by any means, but he was able to teach me the basics.

    I’m afraid young people are not so much into chess these days and that is just sad. Well, if I ever want to get back into the game again, I would definitely look at these books that you have recommended.

    Great review!

    • Hello Farhan!

      It is sad that younger people aren’t into chess as much, but if one was to try it out, they’d learn how fun and strategic chess really is! I’m glad these books were of interest to you

      Thank you,

      ~CastledRook

  2. Hi there, I’m not a chess player myself, but I have a grandson who is very interested in learning the game. He is nearly 9 years of age and is very bright and will easily get bored with a book if it’s too simple. So which book or books would you recommend he start with?

    • Hello Rina!

      Great question! The first two books I recommended are perfect for children, but for your grandson, I would personally recommend The Kids’ Book of Chess and Chess Set! If he’s interested in learning, then this choice would be perfect for making the transition from “interested” to “passionate” about chess.

      Best of luck!

      ~CastledRook

  3. This encourages me to pickup the good game of chess! I remember my brother and I playing chess all the time growing up. It was the first real strategy game where we had to adapt and outsmart the opponent. I’ll look into picking up a book for when my daughter is old enough.

    • Hello Tim!

      It’s great that you want to get your daughter interested in chess! The first two recommendations are perfect for her once she’s ready.

      Enjoy!

      ~CastledRook

  4. Hey there! I found this article very interesting and informative to read. I used to play chess when I was a kid. But when I started to grow up I started playing computer games. But I’m still interested in playing chess. I haven’t tried buying a chess book to actually learn the basic plays or strategies to win a game. After I read your article you gave me the books that I should buy. Thank you for sharing this information.

    • Hey John!

      I’ve had my fair share of playing computer games as well, but what’s wonderful is that you can also play chess on the computer by going here! I wish you the best in your chess playing adventures.

      Thank you,

      ~CastledRook

  5. Hey there,
    I’m intrigued by the book 1001 Chess Exercises for Beginners. I played a little Chess growing up and learned the basic moves. But I never really developed any skill and haven’t played in years. Recently, I’ve begun playing again with a friend and would like to develop some tactical skills. I’ve never really had a strategy. Would this book be a good choice for me? Thanks

    • Hi there, Linda!

      Your choice is perfect for someone who already has a grasp on the basic moves. Since you already have the foundation to chess, mastering some basic tactics would guarantee you to win more games and bring you into a whole new chess world.

      Makes me so happy that you’re interested in improving your chess game! Best of luck!

      ~CastledRook

  6. Real cool. In kinda like this game. We used to play a lot several years ago at work during coffee breaks and lunch. I kinda miss that period.

    I was not a king at it but I enjoyed playing it. I never realized that they were actually books teaching how to play. Maybe it could have helped me back then against the guys.

    What is the book that you recommend the most?

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