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1001 Chess Exercises for Beginners: The Tactics Workbook that Explains the Basic Concepts, Too

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i nterference or obstruction) a tactic that results in the obstruction of a file, rank or diagona l, with short term tactical consequences for the opponent combination a combination of two or more dif­ ferent tactical motifs i n series, often involving a sacrifice decoy sacrifice a sacrifice that forces the captur­ ing piece to a key square, with negative conse­ q uences deflection a capture or threat forces a piece away from its defence of a piece or a key square discovery the movement of a piece u n masks a threat by a second piece double attack (see fork) a single piece threatens two undefended pieces simu ltaneously. Black has the luxury of choosing between two moves that not only save both his threatened pieces, but which also win the white rook. It just seems strange to me that there's some problems with relatively forcing lines or obvious motifs that I could figure out within a few minutes, and there's others with very quiet moves or sacs that require deep (for me) calculation right next to each other, especially since the problems are supposed to be sorted according to difficulty.

But it genuinely might have taken me like an hour of staring at the position before I would even look at a move like that, after eliminating most other possibilities. However, checkmate is much easier to achieve when we have an advantage in material, namely more pieces. hanging piece an undefended piece that is under attack loose piece an u ndefended piece that is not under immediate attack mating net usually q u iet moves that trap the king in preparation of mate Novotny theme this is the term used when a piece is sacrificed on a square where it could be taken by two d ifferent opponent pieces - which­ ever piece makes the capture obstructs the action of the other. You should therefore not touch or move the pieces before having made your decision, perhaps writing down the possible variations before you check the solutions at the back of the book.This book certainly has some downsides for people who prefer puzzles to be mixed into one big pile with no help whatsoever, though almost a third of the book is dedicated to the "mixed motifs" sections. So back to the point, for those of you who have gone through this book, is it supposed to be this difficult?

zwischenzug, intermezzo, or in-between move) an u nexpected move by an opponent in a planned tactical se­ quence opening lines ( a . As mentioned before, our enthusiasm for a possible tactical opportunity can blind us to a possible defence by our adversary. n\nThe contents will give an idea of how it is structured:\n\n"},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"Part I Basic tactical patterns"},{"insert":"\n"},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"Chapter I Mate in one move"},{"insert":"\n"},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"Chapter 2 Win a piece in two moves"},{"insert":"\n\n"},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"Part II The preparatory move"},{"insert":"\n"},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"Chapter 3 Mate in two moves"},{"insert":"\n"},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"Chapter 4 Win a piece in three moves"},{"insert":"\n\n"},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"Part III Defend"},{"insert":"\n"},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"Chapter 5 Defend your king"},{"insert":"\n"},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"Chapter 6 Defend your pieces"},{"insert":"\n\n"},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"Part IV Chess Endgame Exercises for Club Players"},{"insert":"\n\nEach section of each chapter is in turn divided into the nuts and bolts of the operation(s) involved, thus part one of chapter one – mate in one – covers mate with a queen, mate with queen and king, mate with queen and pawn, mate with queen, king and pawn(s) and the use of the pin.

For me that has been the level for reinforcement of tactical patterns (others have a different difficulty level recommendation). There is a comparatively challenging collection of mate-in-threes (81 positions) and mate-in-fours (23 positions), and a healthy chunk of "mixed motifs" puzzles. g. by the time we reach chapter six – defend your pieces – we encounter the likes of picking the right square, trading the attacker, pinning the attacker, defending a critical square, protecting your piece and counterattack. Well, one of the many great advised a received on this forum was one written on this forum and stated this: " You might consider just reading the first 15 [puzzles] of each chapter, then quickly do them again, the same day. This example teaches us that before making a double attack we have to make sure that our opponent does not have tactical resources of his own.

com) after completing it to test out other candidate moves and why they don't work, especially when it isn't discussed in the solutions section. A wonderful mix of various tactical motifs and a great assembly of exercises that really should be in every chess book collection.If you want an excellent introduction text to tactical motifs and ideas, look up Chess Tactics from Scratch — this one's just a big pile of instructive puzzles, which is totally fine. If you expect me to look at a position on my own, don't print the solution right under it (or preferably on the same spread at all. He is an experienced trainer of amateur players of all levels and has been the National Youth Coach of the Dutch Chess Federation.

He explains all the basic concepts, and provides you with a huge amount of exercises for each theme and each chess piece.the square of the pawn) a sim­ ple method for determining if a king can prevent a pawn from promoti ng. The puzzles are grouped into the following themes: mate in one, mate in two, the missing piece, double attack, discovered attack, discovered check, pin, skewer, deflection, decoy sacrifice, pawn promotion, drawing tactics, mixed motifs (White), mixed motifs (Black), mate in three, mate in four, and curiosities. of the thickness of Nunn's 1001 Deadly Checkmates, for example), which it achieves by cramming 12 diagrams onto each page, and is conveniently portable. I was already familiar with the tactics, but the selected puzzles helped iron out my understanding and recognition of them.

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