Good Sports: Ninth Grader Publishes Book on Chess Tactics
Karthik Murugan, a ninth-grade student in the Philadelphia area, has published a book called Legal Attack: Chess – An Intellectual Board War, which includes 300 chess puzzles to help novices win games and boost their chess ratings.
“Most of the ideas for the book came from my students,” Karthik, who tutors younger players, told The Philadelphia Inquirer.
He started playing chess at age 8 and has competed in 170 U.S. Chess Federation-rated tournaments. He is a two-time Greater Mid-Atlantic Elementary Champion and also won the 2017 U.S. Open National Elementary Chess Championship.
The book, which he published through Archway Publishing, an imprint created by Simon & Schuster and self-publishing company Author Solutions, took him about two years to write. “It was pretty complicated to start, but the process became easier as I went on,” he said.
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