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Tactics Time! 1001 Chess Tactics from the Games of Everyday Chess Players (Tactics Time Chess Tactics Books) [Kindle Edition]

Tim Brennan , Anthea Carson
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Book Description

Warning: This book could help you improve your chess game significantly.

"Imagine having a personal chess mentor, who teaches you thorough problem solving skills for playing chess that drastically improves your game..." Wouldn't that be fantastic? It would also be extremely expensive!

Learning the basic rules of playing chess is only the beginning. Although it is great to play games for entertainment, many chess players want to take their game to the next level. But that is not that easy. Just playing might improve your chess proficiency, but it does not improve your problem solving skills, as that requires different thinking processes. To develop those processes, you need strategies developed by chess experts.

Here is your Chance!

Meet Tim and Anthea.

They know what it takes to bring chess to the next level, as they have done that for themselves. How? Through the use of chess tactics. And NOW... it is your turn!

Let Tim and Anthea assist you in improving your chess game by using their specially developed Chess Tactics ebook. This is not just another tactics books, as Tim and Anthea have perfected their ebook by learning from the mistakes other chess authors made. The great part of Tactics Time! 1001 Chess Tactics from the Games of Everyday Chess Players is that:
  • it is error FREE and double checked!
  • it contains original tactics 100% new;
  • it consists of tactics from real chess players.
Many chess books have cool problems and patterns that really are rare and unrealistic, and not needed. Although these are fun to play, they are not really the best way to improve your chess game. That is why this book is different as Tim and Anthea want you to focus on getting good at playing patterns that happen all the time.

But that is not all. Tim and Anthea have chosen to make their ebook very easy to read, leaving out unnecessary information or page fillers. You will see one chess problem per page, with the solution presented to you on the next page. No more need to skip back and forth through the whole book to find that brain wrecking solution.

If the following applies to you...
  • You want to improve your game to win;
  • You want to enjoy chess tactics from real games;
  • You are frustrated with other chess tactics books;
  • You have a busy life and are looking for a quick and proven way to improve;
  • You enjoy chess and want to teach chess tactics to others,
...then Tactics Time! 1001 Chess Tactics is definitely the right chess book for you.

Buy Tactics Time! 1001 Chess Tactics from the Games of Everyday Chess Players today to improve your chess game one tactic at a time.

Editorial Reviews


Tactics Time to the Rescue!
These problems are not contrived - they are the types of tactics likely to occur in a real game.

                             -Grandmaster Alex Fishbein
I used this book as a compliment to my chess training and in this year I am now 2048 in rating. Prior to winning the 2013 ALL GIRLS NATIONAL OPEN in Chicago, I used this book continually on my Kindle everywhere I went - I went 6-0 undefeated. 
I am grading "TACTICS TIME! with a 97 out of 100 on the Claudia Munoz Gold Standard

-WCM Claudia Munoz 

It's the 'meat and potatoes' tactics book, with puzzles you are more likely to see in real games.
Many books have artificial puzzles, but these are taken from real games.
Statistically, these are the most common type of tactics which we all face. The puzzles are taken from amateur games with dubious openings, messy pawn structures, material uneven.
It is an interesting philosophy, I like it.

Candidate Master Tryfon Gavriel ,"Kingscrusher"

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  • Print Length: 2042 pages
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  • Language: English
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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real World Solutions from Real Games November 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is my kind of chess book. The authors give literally one thousand examples of real world chess games at the moment that a power shift should have happened but didn't. The key here is that I'm looking at real-world games. The tactics puzzles that I so often see are manufactured to show something or prove a point. Because these are taken from real games, from players ranked as high as the 2000s they are created from situations that I often face.

I'm popping this book open on my kindle whenever I had a spare minute. It's perfect on the subway or waiting in at the grocer. The solution is on the next page so my eyes can't drift to the answer. That's the beauty of an ebook and the authors have used the format to its best effect. If it was paper, it would be 9,400 pages!

One of the greatest features is the search. If I want to see all the puzzles that involve a knight taking a piece, I just had to search for "Nx" and I had every single example.

I'm not close to finished but wanted to recognize and recommend a detailed and thorough book.
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55 of 62 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag May 20, 2013
By Mec
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The concept is good: lots of different games at the amateur level with all the themes mixed together.

However, many of the games are taken from fast and stupid Internet blitz chess by players rated 800 and below. After a while the large number of "mate in 1" and "exploit the pin" positions become grating.

Worse than that, quite a few games have analysis that is superficial or wrong (see my notes).

This e-book could be considerably better: toss out about half the games and spend a little more time on the analysis.

Also, about 99% of the positions are from the POV of an attacker. It would be interesting -- and practical -- to show more positions from the POV of a defender looking for an accurate defense against an unsound attacker.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well designed, instructive and fun December 7, 2012
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I agree with the other positive reviews.

To help others decide if this book is right for them, I have a 1720 rating on Chess.com's Tactics Trainer where I get about 2/3 of the problems correct (though I sometimes lose rating points on that system due to how long I take to find the correct moves.) For comparison, I get about 85% of the problems in this book correct though I learn something from even the simplest problems (another new pattern goes into the brain). This is excellent value for money.

The only limitation is that the solutions may leave out plausible alternative lines, leaving you to figure out why a wrong move is wrong. I have needed to plug a position into a computer a few times to see why the move I chose didn't work. But if you are near my rating level or below, this book will definitely improve your game.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This is THE best tactics book for anyone who's stuck in class player hell.

I am one of those very class players, and have done TONS and TONS of tactics over several years, in many formats. Literally 5000+ problems on ChessTempo rated to my ability, most of the Reinfeld books, Polgar, etc. I've known from when I started chess that for class players, tactics dominate performance, so I've worked hard on it.

Still, I hit a plateau pretty quickly in my playing that I couldn't break thru, and it was a fairly low plateau, like a 1400 UCSF player. While I could solve some master-level problems with 7-10 moves, I'd fall more than uncommonly to simple 2 movers that I'd just missed. Furthermore, I would just get annihilated in 5 minute blitz. It was as if none of those hard-earned tactics skills I'd practiced came into play, despite the fact I was losing on blunders and missing key tactics in nearly every game.

This book is the cure. I really think the key is that these are from CLASS PLAYER games, so these tactics are extremely, extremely common in blitz and class tournament play. I am not even exaggerating when I say that I bought this on a whim because I just wanted something on my Kindle to read without an internet connection, and was horrified (in a good way) when I revisited chess.com after solving 400 of these problems over 3 days, and seeing my rating rise by a full 75 points. To put it in perspective, I only gained 50 points in the entire last 2 years while studying for hours consistently on chesstempo and other resources. It's now been 2 weeks with this book and I'm still improving, and am now 150points higher than where I was 2 weeks ago, a level I thought was impossible because I was studying tactics so hard even before this book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome collection of chess problems from real games November 19, 2012
By jalex
Format:Kindle Edition
I really love this book. Things I like about it...

* Contains a huge number of problems to solve
* Problems are not too easy, not too hard
* Problems comes from real games
* You can see the players names, ratings, and where it was played, etc
* Positions from blitz, correspondence, rated USCF games, scholastic tournaments, etc
* solutions are clear and easy to understand
* very reasonable price (many chess books selling for 2-3 times as much)
* Built specifically for Kindle with problem then solution on the next page
* Good mix of types of tactics (pins, forks, skewers, checkmates, trapping pieces, etc)
* lots of practical positions and patterns (no composed problems that would never happen in real life)
* Problems given from the point of view of both white and black
* Diagrams are clear and easy to view

If you want to improve your chess, and win more games, this book will help you a lot!

Highly recommended!
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I bought this book for my wife and she loves it. She said she learned a lot from the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I have learnt very useful patterns studying this books
I have learnt very useful patterns studying this book. The problems cover many different chess tactics. It is also important to say that the problems are taken from real games. Read more
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Great for novice players
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Very good challenges in this puzles.
Published 1 month ago by Carlos
5.0 out of 5 stars Gained 150 rating points in 2 months
Do ten problems a day like I did while sitting on the toilet and watch your rating rise. Your eyes will start to key in on forks, skewers, pins, and best of all MATES of all... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jamie Crick
5.0 out of 5 stars QxR+
Makes it much easier to learn tactics than from a book. Solve the tactic, then watch the game. Definitely my favorite beginner's book. And sign up for Brennan's email.
Published 1 month ago by winnie
4.0 out of 5 stars Great tactics trainer
Truth be told, to my disappointment, my rating hasn't gone up as a result of having done all 1001 puzzles. But I hope with continued work it will eventually pay off. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John Fedorjaka & Margaret Corrigan
5.0 out of 5 stars Chess tactics 1
I like working with my pawns, this book helped with seeing how they work in real games. Looking forward to book two!
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