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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: lulu.com (November 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430308001
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430308003
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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Then, I realized that it is very good to have this book for my reference.
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It is very systematic and thorough, with A LOT of examples for each tactical motif.
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I highly recommend this book to anybody who wants to improve his level of play.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By mike's brother on February 26, 2011
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If you are looking for a tactics book of the "verbal-explanation" type rather than of the "worbook-with-lots-of-problems-to-solve" type, then Predator at the Chessboard Volumes I & II blow the competition away (including the tactics books by Seirawan/Silman and Alburt/Palatnik).

Table of Contents (1st edition, copyright 2007; no new editions as of date of this review):
Vol I chapters: "Introduction", "The Double Attack" (further divided into forks from each piece), and "The Discovered Attack" (subdivided into discovered attacks from each piece)
Vol II chapters : "The Pin and Skewer", "Removing the Guard", and "Mating Patterns" (subdivided into back rank and classic mates)

This book is superior to other beginner tactics books for 3 reasons:

1. Appropriate difficulty for intended audience: Many chess authors have forgotten what a "beginner" is. Farnsworth shows you several easier positions illustrating the same motif/theme then logically and incrementally progresses to more difficult versions of the theme (for instance, from the simple find-the-bishop-fork to find-the-bishop-fork-in-three). Most of the examples in Predator at the Chessboard are 1-3 moves in depth, completely appropriate for a beginner. There isn't much in terms of lengthy alternative sidelines of analysis (>5 moves for instance) that would clearly make this book beyond a beginner/lower level (you will find lots of such lengthy analysis and difficult problems in the Seirawan/Silman and Palatnik/Alburt "beginner" tactics books).

2. Thinking method: Farnsworth doesn't give a thinking method per se, but he repetitively states simple things to think about when approaching a position, which can be helpful for someone learning tactics.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rolian on May 12, 2013
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I have probably not gotten through quite 10% of this book yet, but I am extremely pleased. I am getting the answers that I have been searching for. How do you set up a pin? How do other players see what I am not seeing? What are the different ways to use this information?

The author of this book has the insights that I need, but much more important, he has taken the time and effort to explain all those smaller details of seeing and setting up the tactical configurations that win material and game, and most important, give you the chance to take more control of the game.

Eliminate luck and hope from the game and set up those powerful tactical maneuvers that are part of a great, artistic chess game.

I know there are lots of people who do not play tournaments, but love the game and art of chess. We don't aspire to become masters, but want to learn and understand the artistry and skills of tactical play. We don't have the time to struggle with deep discussions and try to see further into a masters explanation of high level skills, but we want to 'see' more. So much of this game is about visualization, and Mr. Farnsworth will guide you through the complexities of seeing in a manner that will actually be fun and entertaining and enlightening.

I read, study and review the information in this book everyday, and enjoy doing it. I highly recommend this book for the rest of us.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joseph D. Phelps on October 22, 2010
I have read/studies at least 20 chess tactics books and this one (with its companion book) is by far the best. The author not only give great examples of tactical motifs but he goes into incredible detail explaining the thought process one should follow when looking for the tactic in question. An example would be when he explains that anytime two of you opponent pieces and your knight are all on squares of the same color and in close proximity you should look for a fork. This seems self explanatory (after he tells you) but I just never approached looking for forks that way. Go to the authors website to practice your tactics and to find more info on these books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mary in DC on July 4, 2013
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I'm involved in local board and card gaming groups, but recently got interested in getting into chess beyond the basics. I had always been overwhelmed by chess books and software, like 550 page books on chess openings for black.

I discovered Ward Farnsworth's web page and was blown away by his statement that most of chess play is tactics. He maps out a learning plan to start with tactics and then later work on chess openings and the end game. Although his website is free, I went ahead and purchased this book.

I really like his teaching style. It's just great. He gives tons of examples from real play that become progressively more difficult. So, the book is just fun as a chess puzzle book. But, he also explains what you need to be looking for and what though process you need to be using. The book is also structured so that you can choose any chapter and start working on it - so it's flexible to individual needs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mick Goblin on May 10, 2012
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I heard about this book on another website where someone suggested it to another person looking for a tactics book to buy. I expected a wolf on the cover growling and salivating. So I come to amazon and look up the book and to my amazement I find what must be one of the top ten coolest chess book covers ever! Then I thought about the cover and the name combined and was totally sold on buying his set of books. You don't come across brilliant covers and names of books very often, so I decided to buy them both and check them out. Well I went to the publisher site and bought the hard covers, so i cannot comment on the quality of the paperback books, but the hard cover books are quite excellent.

At first I was quite impressed with the introduction, but got a little worried when i started the Knight Fork section cause it was definitely for beginners. However as i proceeded to read the book, there were tons of little gold nuggets on how to think and what to look for that you do not find in other tactics books - at least not the ones that i have. The positions start out very simple and slowly progress to more and more difficult levels. What I am finding is that the slow progression and excellently chosen positions that he uses to explain his message, are helping me retain the ideas, unlike most tactic books where you are supposed to somehow learn subconscious patterns which might help a little because solving problems or puzzles in practice makes perfect. Now for my honesty. I am only on page 45 in which i believe 35 of it has been knight forks (to include removing of the guard and rearranging your opponents pieces via tactics). I believe in total there is 56 pages in the Double Attack section on Knight Forks alone.
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