A Pawn's Journey

  • September 22, 2018

"A Pawn’s Journey translates to each one of our life trajectories. A must-read for those who desire to understand the power of learning through setbacks.”

— Robert Katende, Founder and Director of SOM Chess Academy in Uganda, coach to Phiona Mutesi of the Queen of Katwe

Pawns Journey Book

"From her first day in high school April knows she doesn't have what it takes to earn a college scholarship. She encounters a wise school counselor who turns her world upside down and begins to teach April invaluable life skills through a series of encounters...then everything begins to change for April.

In this moving tale based on true stories, you will learn how the game of chess can develop a strategic mind-set and produces the rare ability to graciously handle set-backs.

This success parable weaves powerful life lessons into a gripping story which you cannot set down. Discover the world beyond what you see and into the realm of possibilities."

- Tim Crothers, author of "The Queen of Katwe" now a Disney movie.



Change your mindset—change your life! Through April and her story, Elliott Neff engagingly shares winning thinking that students, parents, teachers, and leaders will find works everywhere.”

— Dan Sullivan, Founder of The Strategic Coach, Inc.



Buy the book: A Pawn's Journey

Currently #1 bestseller in Chess on Amazon, you can buy the Kindle version to read immediately, or preorder the printed copy for release date of October 9, 2018.

The book will be at major sellers. Here are links to view reviews and order at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound, Books a Million, and Target.


Receive special bonus subscription from Elliott Neff

To receive a special invitation and bonuses from Elliott Neff personally, be sure to visit www.ElliottNeff.com, click A Pawn's Journey, and subscribe.


Coming October 9, 2018

A Pawn’s Journey is an uplifting story that will inspire and transform you through the powerful lessons learned by a young girl. You’ll meet April, a disheartened teen who is introduced to the game of chess and mentored by a school counselor… then everything begins to change. Her mentor proceeds to teach her invaluable life skills through a series of encounters that shape young April.

In this self-help tale based on a true story, you will learn resiliency, how to shape your mindset, how to gracefully handle a “loss” and turn it into a learning opportunity, plus more key mindsets.

This success parable weaves together a powerful series of life lessons in a gripping story that is hard to put down. Whether you are looking for inspiration for your children or are on the course to begin something new, A Pawn’s Journey is a must read.

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