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“As in life, a good chess player must avoid reacting and instead learn to respond deliberately–unless, of course, your house is in flames and you’re running out of time! Then, move the piece closest to the clock and punch it!”

John Bain, author of world’s best-selling scholastic chess workbook “Chess Tactics For Students.”



Chess Tactics For Students workbook

John Bain with wife LaVaun Bain on wedding day

John and his wife LaVaun on wedding day.

John lives in Corvallis, Oregon, in the USA with his wife LaVaun. In his spare time, John spends time with family & friends, reads, walks and writes chess books, blogs & newsletters. He also enjoys talking, traveling, going to movies, dining out, coaching and playing chess.

John’s workbooks–used enthusiastically throughout the USA and around the world by parents, coaches and teachers–are available online at and include the best-selling titles “Chess Rules For Students,” “Checkmate! Ideas For Students” and “Chess Tactics For Students.”

John Bain is a former USCF tournament director. He earned an MS in Education and is a certified special education teacher who is an expert in textbook modification–that’s why his workbooks are so engaging.

The World’s Best Selling Scholastic Chess Workbooks!


166,685 of John’s workbooks sold!

Beginner’s Book – Chess Rules For Students

Chess Rules For Students workbook

“Knights Battle”

Chess Rules For Students is a workbook for students learning the game of chess and for beginning students returning to the game. No previous knowledge of chess is necessary. Parents unfamiliar with chess will find this booklet a valuable guide to their child’s new interest.

Chess Rules For Students is designed with students, coaches, and parents in mind. Reading level is appropriate for grade-school use. All major rules of chess are covered, and algebraic notation worksheets are included. Each page is in easy-to-use worksheet format.

A student-friendly Answer Key makes self-correction fun!

Beginners & Intermediate Book – Checkmate! Ideas For Students

Checkmate! Ideas For Students

“Knight Checkmates King!”

Checkmate! Ideas For Students is a workbook for beginning and intermediate students. Checkmate! covers the tactics used in checkmate attacks with clear explanations, diagrams and arrows to pinpoint the key features.

Unlike many other basic checkmate books, Checkmate! categorizes the checkmates by the tactics used to force the checkmate–like Pins, Sacrifices, Removing the Guard, Attraction, Clearance and Attacking Flight Squares–rather than only the checkmate pattern itself.

The worksheets and Answer Key are clear and simple for the student to use, and easy for the parent, teacher and coach to correct! Fun!

Intermediate & Advanced Book – Chess Tactics For Students

Chess Tactics For Students workbook

“Profiles Face-Off in King’s Shadow”

Chess Tactics For Students contains 434 carefully selected problems in worksheet format.

Chess Tactics has been extensively field tested with elementary, middle-school, and high-school students over a four-year period. This book is ideal for independent seat work as well as for homework and classroom instruction.

The worksheet format and Answer Key enable self-correction with minimal dependence or direct help from a chess teacher, coach, or parent.

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Chess Rules For Students Workbook
An instructional workbook designed for students learning the game of chess. Click here to learn more!
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An instructional workbook containing tactics in worksheet format used to checkmate--like Pins, Sacrifices, Removing the Guard, Attraction, Clearance, and Attacking Flight Squares!
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Chess Tactics For Students
An instructional workbook containing 434 carefully selected problems presented in worksheet format.

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