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The Giant Chess Puzzle Book by Zenon Franco

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The Giant Chess Puzzle Book by Zenon Franco

The past two weeks have been hectic as usual.  Lots of things happening in Kenya where the game of chess is concerned. More of that a bit later.

I had to order the ABSRM music exam book for my son as we were unable to obtain them in Nairobi.  The best place for books is Amazon Bookshop. and I immediately place the order with music flash cards and of course one chess book. Why waste on postage!

It took  a long time to decide which book on tactics should I order before settling on ‘The Giant Chess Puzzle Book’ by Zenon Franco.  I had seen some chess players in Nairobi with it.   When it arrived I was delighted by my choice. I think it is a great book and would highly recommend it.  The book cost GBP 14 and the postage was GBP 14.

Cover of Zenon Franco's book.
Cover of Zenon Franco’s book.

Chess library

This book must be number 150 in my library!!

I reckon that this is the biggest chess library in Kenya.  I have a list somewhere which needs to be updated.

Sample puzzles from the book. Solutions shown at the bottom on the page.
Sample puzzles from the book. Solutions shown at the bottom on the page.

I have a chess set on our coffee stool which is used almost every day.  Not exactly in the way I want it to be used but I decided that I need to get my kids to look at chess as an enjoyable activity rather than a chore.  We have over the past year or so spent about 5 to 10 minutes a day looking at a chess position and trying to find out the solution.  This serves two purposes.  My kids think that this is not too bad as it takes very little time and it gives me a chance to use the different chess sets that I have.

So far the kids love the positions from the book.

You can download a sample pdf of the book – The_Giant_Chess_Puzzle_Book.

Solutions to the puzzles shown above.
Solutions to the puzzles shown above.

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