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100 Chess Problems for the Rest of Us Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 11417 KB
  • Print Length: 360 pages
  • Publication Date: November 16, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #327,435 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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T.E. Klemm is a chess enthusiast living on the East Coast of the United States.

His 2010 book "100 Chess Problems for the Rest of Us" quickly rose to one of the top five chess books on Amazon Kindle -- and remains there today. He published an additional book, "Another 100 Chess Problems for the Rest of Us," in 2011.

His books are written specifically (and solely) for intermediate players -- trying to bring understandable chess lessons to the chess-playing masses. In this regard, he specifically prices his books at low prices -- again, to ensure that that as many as possible will be able to read, enjoy, and learn from his books.

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If you can play a reasonable game of chess but still make the occasional blunder or miss that game winning move then this book is for you.

Most of the problems in this book don't require you to think more than one move ahead and none require more than a few moves that are easy to hold in your head. None of the problems require you to hold multiple lines in your head - in most cases it doesn't matter what move your opponent makes, the winning move is always the same.

After completing the puzzles in this book you will find yourself looking for, and finding, many more great moves. It will also help you to avoid major blunders by teaching you what positions you should avoid leaving for your opponents.

Oh, and see if you can find the error on one of the puzzles (Hint: the answer given is a two-move winning of the queen but misses the two-move mate).
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This product (and its companion, "100 More Chess Problems for the Rest of Us," is an inspiration. Yes, it's "just" a collection of tactical problems, but it's perfectly suited to and designed for the Kindle. After a brief introduction as to the types of tactics chessplayers use--pin, skewer, back rank threat, etc.--we leap into the problems.

Here's where this book is set apart from all other print books. Whereas every other tactics book I have presents the problems in the front and the solutions in the back, this Kindle edition presents the problem on one page and the FIRST MOVE of the solution on the next. As you turn the "pages," you get an unfolding narrative of what the winning side is doing and why, and the conversational tone--"Give yourself a pat on the back if you found this alternative solution"--makes you feel as if you're sitting there with your own personal coach. I love the fact, too, that it often takes three or four pages (with the progressively changing diagram on each page) to get to the end of the solution. That way, if I'm stuck on a problem, I can turn just to the key starting move to jumpstart my own solution without having the whole thing handed to me on a plate.

One caveat, though: The diagrams are pretty small. On the Kindle Fire I hold my finger on the diagram and then select "Zoom" to enlarge the image. This makes it much easier to study. I understand the author's problem, though. There just wouldn't be room for a large diagram AND the accompanying text on a smallish screen.

Finally, this book is NOT for the rank beginner or for the expert. The absolute beginner will be overwhelmed by the problems because there's virtually no actual instruction in the book; it's just exercises. The expert will find them ridiculously simple. But for the "Rest of Us" in the title--that huge block of players between 1200 and 1900, there's a lot to enjoy and profit from.
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I am an avid collector of chess tactics books, and even write an email newsletter, and column with chess tactics in it from games in Colorado called "Tactics Time". I really liked this book, and think it is a great addition for the collections of other chess players who like going through chess problems.

While most of the problems are probably "composed" by the author, but they all seem like realistic situations. They have a lot of great "building blocks" that are critical for getting good at tactics. There are not a lot of distractions or tricks in the problems. Most of the pieces that are on the diagram are involved in the solution.

There were not a lot of the typical things that you will see in many tactics collections, where there are way too many queen sacrifices, and fancy things like under promotions to a knight.

Instead the focus is on the basics - back rank mates (lots of these), forks, skewers, pins, etc. Most problems are 1-2 moves long, with a few that are 3, but no more than this.

Some chess players might complain that some problems are "too easy", but having played through thousands of the games that "the rest of us" (including me) are doing, I think these are exactly the types of problems that players miss all the times in both over the board tournaments, and in blitz, and correspondence games.

Only criticisms. The diagrams were the perfect size when I read the book on my iPhone 4, but were way too small when read on my PC and the Kindle reader. There are a few little errors in the problems answers (like saying the wrong name of the pawn), and a few little grammar errors that an editor (or good spell check program) would catch. But these are not a big deal, and for such a reasonable price, didn't bother me.
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Unlike some books that, to fully understand a play, require one to set up a physical board, these chess problems are designed to be played out in one's mind. To help with this, the positions after the key plays are shown. I also like that this is not a "how can white...?" type of guide. Each puzzle simply states: White (or Black) to move. It is then left to you to decide which move is best. The answer is on the next page along with an explanation and a continuation of moves showing why it was the best play. Now, there is nothing wrong with more complex puzzles that require you to set up a board--I enjoy those as well and it is crucial to study complex combinations to improve your game--but this is great for on-the-go study (commuting, in waiting rooms, etc.). I plan on working through some of these puzzles every day and have already bought the next book, 'Another 100 Chess Problems for the Rest of Us.' By the time I reach the end of it, the puzzles at the beginning of this book will be fresh again.

Note: A review on 'Another 100 Chess Problems for the Rest of Us' complains about poor graphics. I don't have a problem with them at all, don't let that review discourage you from getting either of these books.
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