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Your favourite puzzle/tactics book?
I've never got a puzzle/tactics book, but in a recent tournament of 7 games in two of them i must simple one movers that one a piece, and was thinking of getting a puzzle/tactics book, does anyone have any suggestions?
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yes, the manual of chess combinations, available on the convekta.com web site. this has over 1200 sime tactical combinations and also some instruction on common endgame themes. I also have polgars mammoth Chess book and Reinfelds 1001 books but this is the best beginning tactics book. it's really helping my play, i intend to read it back to back 3 times.
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I quite like "Winning Chess" by Chernev and Reinfeld and "303 Tactical Chess Puzzles" by Wilson and Alberston (? I think those names are right) -- the former for breaking down various chess tactics and showing them in positions, the latter to test them out. I also like "Calvin and Hobbes" and "Doonesbury".
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"Sharpen Your Tactics!" by Lein/Archangelsky.I keep it in the throne room and read it daily.Studying tactics daily keeps the blunders away!
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How to Create Combinations - Vladimir Pafneutief the Hypermodern Press 1986
Pafneutief (orginally Russian) imigrated to San Francisco from Northern China in 1930 at the tender age of 12 or 13 years old and became one of the prominent players at the Mechanics' Institute Chess and Checker Club from the 30's thru the 60's.
This book not only teaches tactics through solving carefully selected problems, but includes 70 of Pafneutief's games lightly annotated. You won't find these on the internet! What a treat to see how chess was played in California 40 to 70 years ago.
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You should find out the appropriate rating level for any book. I know of two outstanding beginner books (tactics rating 600-1200), which I use repeatedly (even though my GK rating is 1700.
Reinfeld's "Chess Tactics for Beginners" provides many of the major tactics in comprehensible form. Gillam's "Simple Checkmates" provides the same for mating patterns. I try to thoroughly master both books.
Once you completely absorb these two books, you may consider Larry Evan's "Test Your Chess IQ". Then, you will have a better understanding of which aspects of tactics you are weak in. Also, endgames are covered, and you can learn to spot in which areas of endgame study you may wish to spend time to master it.
Best in your search for chess wisdom.
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"How to beat your Dad at Chess", by Murray Chandler, is IMO a great tactics book. it explains that most top masters and grandmasters are able to spot combinations due to their ability to recognize the patterns. The book then proceeds to explain the "50 deadly checkmates", patterns such as the rook decoy sacrifice, the double bishop sacrifice, and the bishop sacrifices on h6 and h7. A great book.
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"Chess 5334 Problems, Combinations, and Games" witten by Laszlo Polgar (the Polgar sisters father)... It is by far the thickest book with the most puzzles (5334) I have found thus yet... I still have not completed it after 3 years... It is always a joy and a challenge to go through the mass of puzzles (rating them from intermediate to advance)...