Michael Thaler, the Making of a Young Chess Champion
ISBN10: 0316913391 ISBN13: 9780316913393 Contributors: Thaler, Fred (Foreword); Hautzig, David (Photographer) Publisher: Little Brown & Co Published: Apr 1 2000 Pages: 44 Weight: 1.05lbs. Height: 10.75" Width: 9.00" Depth: 0.50" Language: English
Michael Thaler always loved puzzles, so his mother gave him a chess set before he entered kindergarten and hired a teacher to show him how to play the game. After the first lesson, the teacher told Michael's parents, "I've never seen anyone learn chess so quickly. Your son will be a master before he is ten years old". The teacher's words have proven to be prophetic -- Michael has won the national championship for his age group twice. Opening Moves is a glimpse of a young boy discovering his talent, finding the keys to success in chess, as well as dealing with defeat, and all the time learning important life lessons. Complete descriptions of key matches and an afterword by Michael's father, who addresses other parents who have placed or are considering placing children competitive chess situations, make this is a book that young chess players and their families will want to own.