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Quick Kills: Practice Crushing Your Opponent Out Of The Opening - Alapin Sicilian [Kindle Edition]

Bill Harvey
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Book Description

If you play chess for blood, it makes sense to learn the violent tactics that feature in the openings that you play. More practical than taking in tactical themes by general category – knight forks, clearance, bank-rank mates, and so on – is to learn them in the context of your openings. Your knowledge of the lines makes these combinations much more interesting, and in turn the combinations teach you about the dangers that lurk for both players in that opening system. Combining opening study with tactics practice, Quick Kills is an e-book series devoted to the tactical ideas that crop up when theory runs out. Each title contains hundreds of puzzles by high-rated players, set in a specific opening. The first screen contains the citation, game score, and diagram, while the second screen presents the diagram with the solution. The positions build on each other, yet without becoming repetitive. You will learn tactics best in the field where you already do your best work – in the opening you employ.

Product Details

  • File Size: 7495 KB
  • Print Length: 755 pages
  • Publisher: Mongoose Press (February 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007A2SQP2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,829 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Alapin (c3) Sicilain Book of Short Games December 27, 2012
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I bought this for my Kindle and at 99 cents it found it to be quite a bargain. The book contains many short games of Alapin (c3) Sicilians... these typically begin 1. e4 c5 2. c3... but sometimes White plays Nf3 before pushing the pawn to c3. White wins most of the games in the book, but losses some of the games, so when playing from the White side of the board you can watch out to avoid some inferior moves that might actually look good at first. White certainly has a lot of quick kill results, as the title suggests. You can play each game up to its diagram (where a winning move can be made)... or you can just look at the diagram and try to find the best move. You can use this book to see if you like the c3 Sicilian --- and if you don't you will at least save yourself a lot of money on buying a $20 plus book.... and if you do like it you can use it as a springboard to other books dedicated to the c3. I do have one minor criticism of the book, the same diagram repeats twice for each game... it is only needed once. In closing, this book convinced me to play the Alapin (c3) Sicilian and also inspired me to get the heavy duty book, The Complete c3 Sicilian, by Sveshnikov.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This is really an exercise book to sharpen one's tactical vision, given the diagramming at the critical juncture of each game. The several hundred games are well worth the 99 cents. However, there are occasional annoying typos,including inversion of lines of moves (games 17, 39, and 66 in the first 100 games) and missing moves from immediately after the diagram (games 33, 35, 84, and 85 in the first 100). So, if you don't expect perfection, you will enjoy the exercise!
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I don't understand this book. Every time I follow a game on my board the game doesn't really end in a checkmate, so I'm confused. Also, sometimes there are moves in the middle of games that don't make sense,, like white will castle kingside when there is a queen in the way? Also, when they present the solution there are like many different variations or something I don't know. It's confusing to me so I don't find it all that helpful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sure need the practice! January 13, 2014
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Just read part (the sample on Kindle) and had to get the full book...please don't buy this book so IF I play you, you will be CRUSHED!!! :-).
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