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Checkmate: The Games Men Play [Hardcover]

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Have you ever wondered why men act the way they do
and why they refuse to give up what they call their player's card?

In the national bestseller, Checkmate: The Games Men Play, Mark Crutcher writes an empowering book for women to gain understanding of the dating process as well as the tricks and techniques men who are players vow never to reveal. A former player, pimp and even a gigolo, Mr. Crutcher has given up his player's card in an effort to help relinquish the heavy burden on his heart.

Checkmate provides uncut and uncensored access into the secret moves that men who are players use to win women's hearts, souls, minds and of course, their bodies. In a chess match, the objective is to place the opponent's king in an inescapable position on the game board. In the game that players play, the objective is to persuade women to maintain casual, uncommitted, sexual relationships with them. By the time women realize that a player's intentions are purely physical, it is too late. They are already addicted to the experiences they have shared and cannot or will not let go. Checkmate.

Checkmate: The Games Men Play will have you looking beyond your normal perceptions of reality and seeing the true meaning behind a man's actions and words.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.6" Width: 5.6" Height: 1"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jul 7, 2005
Publisher   Literally Speaking Pub House
ISBN  1929642504  
ISBN13  9781929642502  

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Hot Garbage  May 23, 2008
This book is total garbage.

The stories of the antagonists are entertaining. These sneaky men do create the illusion of care and comfort to obtain their ultimate goal, sex. Recognizing these traits MIGHT help a female identify a potential player, but every single man in this book runs game the same way: sweet words coupled with non-stop phone calls. What if you run into a player who doesn't cupcake and gives a woman her own space? I'll tell you "what if": you'll get screwed, literally and figuratively.

After three stories that contain much filler and are seemingly an ode to the author's personal life, the author's advice is to find Jesus and give your concerns to Him, because He will deliver a good man to you. IMPRACTICAL! This comforting advice is great until you realize that Jesus can give you as much game as a narcoleptic babboon.

Girls, if you're tired of getting played, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! Get angry, get pissed, get motivated! My best advice (especially for black girls) is to purchase Tariq "King Flex" Nasheed's "Play or Be Played" This book contains practical advice on how to sidestep simps and players while searching for men of quality.
TomKat  May 1, 2008
Every women needs to read this book. This book is just basic knowledge on how not to get played by the different types of men. This book was written by a man who played so many women, and then in return got left standing.I highly recommend this book especially to women who think they have the perfect man.
In A Time When Some Men's Games Are Becoming More Disingenuous....  Mar 25, 2008
Women need to arm themselves with this knowledge...

Author Of Black Women Deserve Better
A smooth-talking, lip-smacking, self-confessed gigolo...   Jan 14, 2006
Title: CHECKMATE: The Games Men Play
Author: Mark D. Crutcher
Genre: non-fiction/self-help/ relationships
Publication date: 2005
ISBN: 1-929642-50-4
Length: 205 pages
Edition: Hardback

Checkmate ~ The Games Men Play ~ Mark D. Crutcher ~ Literally Speaking Publishing House

"To gain understanding of the dating process, what better way to learn than from a smooth-talking, lip-smacking, self-confessed gigolo who knows how to play the game better than anyone?"

They say pride comes before a fall and that's exactly what happened to the author of this book. After playing games with the hearts of many women and acting like the eternal Peter Pan, Mark D. Crutcher, a self-confessed PLAYER (gigolo and ladies man) finally received his ultimate comeuppance when his fiancée jilted him at the alter in front of everybody. To add insult to injury, his wife-to-be married someone else on the same day!

As Mark's whole world came crashing down around him, he was forced to rethink his life and search deep into his soul for answers. It was time to come to terms with being jilted. It didn't take him long to realise how the hurt he felt was nothing compared to the pain he caused all the women who trusted and loved him. He played games with their lives for his own selfish needs. But not anymore! Having realised the error of his ways, Mark, the son of the founder of his local church, finally turned back to God for comfort. He decided to take responsibility for his actions. Written in the aftermath of being jilted by the woman he loved, (although I don't think he realised it until it was too late) this book serves as a warning to other women dating a PLAYER.

PLAYERS may seem like harmless, cheeky chappies, but it takes a lot of effort and calculating planning to achieve such a high level of deceit with so many women at the same time. For instance, Mark knew that if a woman lived locally, he must opt for the subtler approach, but if a woman he fancied lived out of his neighbourhood, he'd have to up the stakes and aggressively pursue his sexual pawn within an estimated time frame if he was to bed her. Sounds like a lot of hard work to me but to a PLAYER this comes naturally. In addition, the game is not over when a PLAYER reaches the point of having sex with his pawn for the first time; in fact it's only just begun. By using well thought out tactics he then begins to work on the mind of the woman in an attempt to control her. Yes, brainstorming the perfect outcome is a 24/7 job, and with all this experience PLAYERS are constantly learning from their mistakes and improving their success rate.

By the way, although this empowering book is aimed at women, I would suggest women keep this book away from their men! In the wrong hands `Checkmate ~ The Games Men Play' could be used as a cleverly disguised manual to teach men how to weave their way into your life and control it!

In conclusion, this National Bestseller is an analytical account of Mark D. Crutcher's own life as a PLAYER, mixed with a series of stories where men like his former self are categorised and their personalities picked to pieces for all to see. By discovering the secret tools of a PLAYER'S trade, women can study their men's behaviour to identify signs to look out for in a partner, and be prepared. With forewarning, women are able to analyse how a man's actions can negatively or positively make an impact on their lives. Why? Because PLAYERS are so-called because they have the ability to manipulate a woman into thinking she has a relationship when really she is just being used for casual, uncommitted sex in a cruel game not unlike chess. To explain chess in one sentence, the objective of the game is to place the opponent's king in an inescapable position on the game board. For the woman, once (emotionally) trapped, it's hard to let go and that's dangerous. It's exactly where the PLAYER wants her. CHECKMATE.

The reader may (or may not) sympathise with the author, who is not proud of how he used to act, but through his repentance and extremely clever description, this informative, entertaining book reveals (shocking) inside information, and some useful solutions to beat your PLAYER at his own game. Congratulations, Mark D. Crutcher, this book will surely be a success! If relationship talk is your sort of thing (and if you've read this far it must be) then you are really going to enjoy this.
(RAW Rating: 4.5) - Leveling the Playing Field  Dec 30, 2005
Leveling the Playing Field

If you have ever met someone and thought they were too good to be true, found yourself going around in circles with that "special someone" who just won't commit, or just can't seem to let go of that sexual partner even though you know he/she isn't good for you then you have been checkmated. In the relationship game, just as in chess, there are players and there are pawns. Men and women both can find themselves manipulated and captured in a losing position when they fail to recognize and acknowledge the signs warning them that they are being played. In CHECKMATE: THE GAMES MEN PLAY, author Mark D. Crutcher endeavors to level the playing field by telling his own story and illuminating the signs of the game.

Filling CHECKMATE with excellent stories and scenarios, Crutcher takes readers into the lives of three very distinct players, their lifestyles, their motivations, their lies and lines, and their pawns. Beginning with the least skilled and least dangerous, Crutcher goes play-by-play into the game of each, exposing trade secrets and making readers more aware of certain actions and reactions. His excellent narrative voice and fluent writing style combine with well-developed characters to make and reiterate his points throughout the book. Don't be mistaken; Crutcher does not just offer great stories. He also blesses readers with exceptional, eye-opening advice, and knowledgeable insight into general masculine/feminine behavior.

Overall, I am very pleased with this well-written bestseller that Mark D. Crutcher has penned. He does not hold back his own personal feelings and his open writing style makes it easy for any reader to feel his hurt and understand both sides of the game. CHECKMATE pointed out to me my own actions, reactions, and tolerances, forcing me to pay attention and make decisions about my current relationships. Even though Crutcher's main concern is to warn women on the wiles of men, he does offer glances at female players. He advises readers that men are not always the only ones playing games, and what is most important is to pay attention.

One distracting aspect of CHECKMATE is the bold, enlarged text selections printed on almost every page. While the larger font does make it easy to flip through the book and find a certain passage, it can be very distracting, especially when the selection takes up more space than the regular text and is just a repeat of the regular text. Otherwise, CHECKMATE is a necessary and entertaining guide for all readers, especially women. This novel has the power to educate and end the games, forcing people to be more responsible in how they start, build, and maintain relationships.

Reviewed by Natasha T.
of The RAWSISTAZ™ Reviewers

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