My father taught me chess at a young age. I am still not very good, though. Now, we have started again playing against one another and analyze positions. He remembered a book, which he possessed but lost, and is desperate to find it again. Hopefully one of you will help me identify it. Here is what I know:
- old book, from the 70s or before
- Russian author, or at least Slavic-sounding name
- included the very beginning of chess, legal moves, main principles etc for total beginners
- introduced different mini-games, including the 'game of 8 pawns', played only with the pawns (no king, the goal is to reach promotion)
- the cover included some white and green, and some chessboard but angled 45 degrees
Sorry, this is all my ageing father can remember. He says it is the best chess book he has ever read.