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NOTE: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Berg, Barry Opening Moves: Michael Thaler, The Making of a Very Young Chess Champion
Describes how chess champion Michael Thaler discovered and developed his talent at an early age and learned to deal with both winning and losing.
JB T32b
Brill, Marlene Targ Extraordinary Young People
Biographical accounts of remarkable individuals in history who achieved noteworthy goals at an early age, from young warrior and Mongol leader Genghis Khan to nine-year-old world chess champion Nawrose Nur.
Lerner, Peter Morris Famous Chess Players


Birch, David The King's Chessboard
A proud king, too vain to admit what he does not know, learns a valuable lesson when he readily grants his wise man a special request.
Carroll, Lewis Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There
This is the classic story of Alice's adventures in the world beyond the looking glass, where chess board characters come to life.
Farber, Erica Kiss of the Mermaid
When Vavooka turns all of the merpeople into stone, Thistle hopes to secure their release by winning a chess game against the evil sea witch.
Gilson, Jamie Chess! I Love It I Love It I Love It!
When second-grader Richard and three other members of the Sumac School Chess Club compete in their first tournament, they each learn something about luck, concentration, and teamwork.
Harper, Piers Checkmate at Chess City
Using the moves of individual chessmen, the reader helps the Black Pawns, Knights, Bishops, and Rooks move through a series of maze-like scenes to enter Chess City and free their King and Queen.
Kraus, Robert Mort the Sport
Mort's attempts to excel at playing both baseball and the violin make him so confused that he decides to take up chess instead.
Levy, Elizabeth The Computer That Said Steal Me
McKibbon, Hugh William The Token Gift
Based on a mathematical riddle, this Persian legend explores the Indian origins of a game of battlefield strategy similar to today's chess.
Neri, Greg Chess Rumble
Branded a troublemaker due to his anger over everything from being bullied to his sister's death a year before, Marcus begins to control himself and cope with his problems at home and at his inner-city school when an unlikely mentor teaches him to play chess.
Robinson, Nancy K. Countess Veronica
When an overseas telephone conversation traps Veronica into agreeing to play a renowned chess champion, she decides that she needs to learn how to play the game.
Shura, Mary Francis Josie Gambit
Weissenstein, Helen John and the Chess Man
Wong, Janet S. Alex and the Wednesday Chess Club
Alex quits playing chess after losing a game to Uncle Hooya; but when other activities fail to satisfy him, he gives his favorite game another try by joining the chess club.

Non-Print Materials: DVDs and Software

NOTE: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Chess for Kids
Kids teach kids how to play chess. Originally released on videocassette in 1994.
2006 DVD J794.1 C42
Chess for Winners
Teaches strategy and tactics by having kids play a series of mini-chess activities. Computer Software.
2006 SFTW J794.172 FRITZ
Chessmaster: Grandmaster Edition
Chessmaster Grandmaster Edition includes 12 chess variants available online, a full-feature online chess module allowing players to play with friends even when you are not simultaneously online, interactive Chessmaster Academy with Josh Waitzkin, mini-games, and 10 new chess sets from the House of Staunton. Computer Software.
2007 SFTW J794.1 CHESS
Disney's Aladdin Chess Adventures
Kids learn how to play chess while helping their favorite characters travel through Aladdin's magical world. Computer Software.
2005 SFTW J793.932 ALADD
Learning Chess the Easy Way: Chess for Absolute Beginners
Susan teaches beginners basic chess knowledge including pieces, points, rules, and moves. Along with her teaching helpers, Champion & King Harold, set a funstage for learning chess. DVD.
2005 DVD J794.1 LEARN


  • Chess Is Fun
    Easy lessons to help you learn chess or learn to play a better game of chess.

  • ChessKIDS Academy
    Learn to play chess with interactive quizzes, games, and lessons.

  • MazeWorks
    Offers games and puzzles, including Tower of Hanoi, chess problems and a maze generator.

  • U.S. Chess Online!
    This Chess Federation site includes beginning chess lessons.

If you need help finding these or other Library materials, please check with anyone in Children's Services. We look forward to seeing you at the Library!

This list was created and is maintained by Mary Voors.
Comments and suggestions can be sent to Mary R. Voors, Manager, Children's Services at

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