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Encyclopedia of Chess Middlegames: Combinations (Croatian) Hardcover – 1980

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 351 pages
  • Publisher: Chess Informant; 1st edition (1980)
  • Language: Croatian, Danish, English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish
  • ASIN: B000UNPDTA
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #997,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Grand Master Texts on April 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I guess the big question is "why are the classics, classics?" and also "is this book one of them?" IMO, the classic text are books that are superbly written: instructive, accurate, and have little to no rivals in their field. Encyclopedia of Chess Middlegames IS A CLASSIC - make no mistake. This book has ~ 2000 tactics problem to keep you sharp and on your feet.

So you've worked your way through Reinfeld's 1001 queen sacs? Maybe even 2 or 3 times like me? Then its time to study new material. After the second or third time going through you start to memorize the puzzles and solutions without thought... which can be good because if you have a similar position over the board you'll probably spot the winning line. But it can also be bad because you start to think "ahh, I remember this one and this, this, and that is the solution" but your brain is not actually solving the problem; you are just reciting the answer (good boy, now here's your treat!).

So why shell out the cash for this book and not just say do tactics on a web server or use another book? I've found it nice that this book groups tactical themes together, is a hardback which will withstand travel and accidental abuse, will last through the years, has a nice mixture of intermediate and advance problems, and covers a lot of material that you don't see in Reinfeld's books.

I know my opinion is biased but I believe this out of print book is well worth $75+ USD, much like Tal's Winning Chess Combinations. In conclusion, they don't make them like they used to! Pick this book up if you can and you will crush your opponents - study, study, study!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Crazy Old Geek on July 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
1,817 middle game positions exploring different types of combinations, with solutions. A real classic from Chess Informant that will improve your combination play if you work through the exercises. It's fun to get right to the heart of the matter.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steve Sun on June 29, 2011
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Dear all, this encyclopedia of chess middle games: combinations is called "Anthology of Chess Combinations" (ACC). The third edition of ACC is available from Chess Informant's web store.
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This is a classical book on chess combinations, very popular with budding chess players. The classification of the problems into different tactics helps in developing clarity of thought. I am happy to have obtained a copy for my sons who are learning chess.
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By Dr. Yan Lyansky on July 28, 2012
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This is the best combination book ever. I have three copies. Not much else to say. Just buy it to get better.
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