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Combinative Motifs Paperback – February, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hannaco Enterprises; 1 edition (February 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1889846694
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889846699
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #518,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Carolina Chess on May 23, 2007
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A good puzzle book is hard to find. For mid-to-strong players, practice tactical exercises are a must. The best puzzle books have (1)a variety of material, from simple warm up tactics to more complex positions suitable for 15 to 20 minute timed exercises, (2)clear diagrams, (3)sturdy bindings to hold up to alot of wear, and (4) at-a-glance solutions.

Blokh's book meets all these criteria. The fact that both White and Black solutions are ingeniously combined in many of the puzzles is fascinating, and more than doubles the value of the puzzle -- practice calculating a winning solution when your opponent can him or herself kill you on the next move! That's real chess.

Blokh's other, legendary, works -- his older, classic, set of puzzles, and the very popular CD/computer version of this product are unfamiliar to me. But this is a wonderful set of exercises, well presented. It is among the best puzzle books I have ever had.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Wan Koon Yat on October 12, 2007
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This author currently has two books in Amazon. One is Art of Combination, which is out of print now, but from a greedy seller, you can have it if you would pay for 190 U. S. Dollars. This is absolutely absurd!!! In fact combinative motifs is by the same author, that book has more than 300 pages with 1200 exercises and only cost 26 dollar!! In fact I think ( I do not have Art of Combination ) both books are similar. So I strongly recommend any one who wants to improve his or her tactics must buy this book. This book contains 1204 exercises, counting some diagrams with black to and white to move first, I think it contains at least 1400 exercises!!! Buy this book !!!
I in fact bought two. One for exercise, one for collection purpose. Among those famous books currently available, I rate this is the best because:
1) More than one thousand exercises, which is graded, only in this aspect " sharpen your tactics " can compete with it.
2) Large clear diagram, in this aspect, sharpen your tactics cannot compare with it
3) Suitable for beginners to advanced players, " sharpen your tactics can compete with it in this aspect
4) Quality of exercises, I think no other books can compete with it, I
do not say no other book can give good quality exercises, but the number is small
5) The price.
I think if I try hard to finish this book, one, two, three, etc times, working all the questions, either solve it myself or if not, just memorize them, I can come to master level.
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