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Reviewed by Diana Lopez for Readers' Favorite
Chess is a game that stimulates critical thinking, concentration, and memory. Not only is it a challenging and entertaining activity, but it also helps to combat problems related to neurodivergence and Alzheimer's disease. Another significant aspect is that anyone can play, regardless of age. Chess from Scratch: A Beginner's Guide to Chess and Its Applications to ADHD is an excellent guide that covers all the basics of this game. Victor D. Phisitkul speaks from experience to encourage the reader to play. He begins by explaining how it can help ADHD. He then describes the most fundamental terminology. He continues with the rules and provides examples of basic and advanced tactics. He also includes links to resources with videos, games, and additional information, and he concludes with the history of chess. This provides an improved understanding of moves and strategies.
I liked Chess from Scratch because it is a comprehensive guide. It is not only for beginners because it also includes some advanced strategies. Anyone interested can read this book, regardless of their previous knowledge. Victor D. Phisitkul has participated in tournaments and taught chess. He has observed and analyzed how chess improves people's attention spans and has provided valuable insights. You can see his enthusiasm in the way he shares tips for creating a style of play based on proven techniques. He expresses himself clearly, while his content is well-documented and his explanations are meticulous. The book has helpful pictures describing moves step-by-step to illustrate the various strategies.