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Chess 101, a new chess training book for beginners
Voted "Best Beginner Chess Book" by

Read a review of Chess 101
by Dr. Greg Strayer of
Homeschooling Today Magazine

Learning how to play chess involves more than just knowing how to move the pieces. Chess 101, is a chess book for beginners that provides comprehensive chess training about everything a new player needs to know.

This beginner chess book covers the following topics:

  • Types of boards and pieces
  • Setting up the board
  • The value of the pieces
  • How the pieces move, including castling and "en passant"
  • Chess notation
  • The three phases of the game of chess
  • How to study chess
  • What a chess rating is and how to get one
  • Chess clock rules
  • An overview of faster chess games
  • The mechanics of a tournament
  • Rules and etiquette
  • Tips to winning chess

Chess 101 also contains over two dozen exhibits, designed to help you learn to play chess with ease!

It's also now a recommended resource by the Boy Scouts of America for those wanting to obtain their chess merit badge.

Please see below for endorsements by Bruce Pandolfini, Bill Cornwall, Michael Rohde and others.

About the author...

Dave is a highly rated former Coconut Creek, Florida city chess champion and Broward College blitz chess champion. He is the founder and past president of the Coral Springs Chess Club, which he ran for over 10 years.

He has been playing chess for nearly 40 years and has organized and promoted chess exhibitions ("simuls") with Arnold Denker, (grandmaster and former U.S Chess Champion), Roman Dzindzichashvili (grandmaster and two-time U.S. chess champion) and Michael Rohde (grandmaster and columnist for Chess Life magazine).


"Whether you want to know anything from setting up the board and moving the pieces, to the rules and etiquette of the game, to competing in your first tournament, you’ll find it all and much more in Chess 101. Dave has given us a delightful introduction to the royal game. Enjoy and learn!"

Bruce Pandolfini

Chess author and teacher who was portrayed by Ben Kingsley

in the film Searching for Bobby Fischer


"This basic how-to manual, written in a simple and logical way, opens the door to the world of chess. It provides newcomers easy access to the intriguing and exciting challenges of both casual and tournament play."

Bill Cornwall

Former Florida chess champion and national award-winning

chess trainer and columnist who has served on the

U.S. Chess Federation's Chess In Education and Rules committees


"Chess 101 stands alone among chess books for beginners because of its clarity and organization. In Chess 101, Dave Schloss moves seamlessly from the board setup and piece description, to the moves and relative values of the pieces, to chess notation, and then on to elements of chess strategy. This work fills a void as the beginner's book of choice, for chess students grade four or older, through adult, who want authoritative information. The reader will also learn all about how to get started in chess tournaments and how to get more involved in the fascinating game of chess."

Michael Rohde

Grandmaster and former U.S. High School Champion,

U.S. Junior Champion and U.S. Open Champion


"The moment I opened Chess 101, I knew Dave had accomplished something great: a truly simple guide to learning and enjoying the game. Many attempt this feat, but few beginner chess manuals really succeed in keeping things simple while highlighting the best parts of the game of chess!"

Daniel Rensch

International Master and Vice-President of and


"It doesn't seem possible with all of the chess books available today, that a small brief beginner's guide could fill any unmet need, yet this little book is worth a beginner's attention - whether adult or child - either on one's own or in a beginner's class."

Georgia Chess Magazine


"A fun and easy-to-read book that puts years of insight into one volume. From how the pieces move, to basic rules, etiquette, getting ready to play in your first tournament and more, this book is the doorway into the world of chess. It's a book I wish I had when I was a beginner. It should be everyone's first chess book!"

Ernesto Alvarez

Chess instructor and USCF national chess master


"I very much enjoyed reading Chess 101. I found it to be just what the parents of upcoming chess giants need: a clear explanation of the rudiments of the game. It also takes the mystery out of the tournament environment, chess clocks, en passant and other aspects of chess that often confuse new players. Great job!"

Herminio Baez

National chess expert and professional chess teacher

with more than 30 years experience


Also, be sure to check out my chess blog!

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Learn to play chess with Chess 101, a chess training book for beginners and novice players. Endorsed by many top chess teachers and instructors.

This little chess book includes a collection of chess information not often found in one place!

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