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Daniel is a freshman at a private high school. In middle school he used to be good at lots of things. Now he is mediocre at everything he once enjoyed. He joins the chess team in an attempt to make new friends, but chess at this high school is no laughing matter and the most popular kids run the club. They corner him into entering a father/son chess tournament in New York City when they find out Daniel’s father is a Grandmaster, the highest rank in chess. The problem - Daniel never even knew his father played chess. This will weekend will be filled with high stakes chess games and eye opening experiences.
Chess is cool! Any author who can make a chess tournament an edge of your seat competition is a hero in my book. Winning is everything and annihilating your competition is encouraged, The chess sequences were a whole lot of fun and the rivalry was intense.
You do not have to be a Grandmaster to appreciate this book. The chess is not overly complex so kids can really enjoy it with simply a basic understanding of the game. Kids who are not fans of chess will not be able to help being caught up in this competition. In fact, it may open their eyes to the game.
A competition with athletes of the mind can be just as compelling as a physical battle. The intensity makes it a can’t put down read. I made my kids watch Searching For Bobby Fischer after this book. A great movie!
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