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Resources in Oliver
Here are some books that you may find useful during your studies. Search the Bennies catalogue Oliver for more, or browse the Non-fiction collection NFS.
Chess for Children by
Publication Date: 2004-04-01
With this charming book, children will delight in learning the basic moves of chess - the most popular and challenging strategy game of all. All the rules of chess are clearly explained, step by step, assuming no prior knowledge. The lessons are reinforced by the inventive tales that George is told by his pet alligator Kirsty, self-proclaimed Grand Alligator of chess. Chess is recognized in many countries as a useful tool for developing creative thinking in children. Although chess can be regarded as a rather complex and mysterious game, the rules themselves are straightforward. It doesn't take long to learn how the pieces move, and even children as young as five can enjoy exciting games. They will also thoroughly enjoy outwitting friends and relatives!
Chess Exam and Training Guide by
Publication Date: 2004-09-30
This book offers a unique approach to chess self-evaluation and training. It will answer the two most common questions that players ask an experienced coach - what is my true rating (or strengths and weaknesses)? How do I improve?The readers will find: 100 diagrams & 200 total questions of various difficulty.Comprehensive answers include diagrams for easy reading away from the chessboard.Distributions of answers, percentiles and other statistical reports by rating group from unrated to 2400+.Match yourself against players of all levels, up to grandmaster and see how you stock up.Results evaluated and Rating assigned overall & by 12 distinct categories: Opening, Middlegame, Endgame, Attack, Defense, Counterattack, Tactics, Strategy, Calculations, Standard Positions (Endgame), Sacrifices, Recognizing Threats.Comprehensive reports on each of the categories with examples, training recommendations and book/materials suggestions The book will be essential reading for everyone who plays chess because it will:a. help them to understand their current situation by identifying their strengths and weaknesses;b. give them clear explanations on how to improve, both in suggesting the appropriate training materials and in outlining the training methods;c. encourage players to establish and then follow a structured training plan;d. relieve player's anxiety by assuring that there is plenty of help available to those who are interested in understanding the game better and improve their skills;e. provide players with means of getting all their questions answered via timely advice from experienced coaches and also their peers.
Code- and cipher-breaking have been in operation for centuries. However, cryptanalysis – the art of deciphering encoded messages – took on a new importance during WW2 as British boffins strived to reveal the true meaning of encrypted German military messages.
A beginner's guide to code breaking