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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman Chess; 1st edition (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857445325
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857445329
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 6.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #880,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Simply masterful’
- Grandmaster Glenn Flear reviewing Palliser’s Tango! for New In Chess.

‘Palliser is an admirably reliable guide’
- British Chess Magazine’s review of Palliser’s Bb5 Sicilian.




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From the Back Cover

All top chess players agree that to keep your tactical muscles in shape it’s imperative to continue training, and the easiest and most fun way to do this is by performing tactical exercises. Even solving a few puzzles for ten minutes each day can be of utmost benefit for the aspiring player. But where can one find the required number of suitable puzzles to satisfy this demand?
Look no further than The Complete Chess Workout. In this book, tactics expert Richard Palliser presents the reader with a massive 1500 puzzles, all checked for accuracy by the latest computer engines. There is something for players of all levels here: many basic tactics – forks, pins, skewers and checkmates – to appeal to beginners and improvers, and a considerable number of brain-teasers that will tax even the strongest of players. Palliser has meticulously collected puzzles from practical play in recent years – a large percentage of the exercises here will be completely new to most readers. All the important tactical themes are covered, while there are special sections on opening traps and endgames. Work your way through this book, and your opponents will soon be on the receiving end of your increased tactical powers!

*A comprehensive training manual for chess tactics
*Ideal for all levels of player
*All puzzles checked by computer engines


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You have to use the book, work the problems, understand the ones you didn't get, go back and try them again, and then when you've done all that: DO IT SOME MORE!
"Franky"
In fact, I am reading this book so as to delay falling behind my son in chess.
M. Wang

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Jill Malter on December 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
Yes, there are other books on chess tactics. But I like this one. The problems are not too difficult, and they feel like the sorts of positions that one might not only come across in a game, but ones in which one would actually be looking for the kinds of combinations that work here. I like the fact that the reader is not warned what the theme is of the various combinations.

I recommend this book. Those who want to try other (and somewhat tougher) books as well might want to look at "Test Your Chess IQ" by Livshitz or "Perfect Your Chess" by Volokitin and Grabinsky.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By M. Wang VINE VOICE on November 19, 2008
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With 1200 problems in its collection, this book looks like another quantity-over-quality compilation at first. Not so. From the first page on, I was immensely impressed by the author's careful selection and ordering of these puzzles. Not only are they challenging, but they are also all from actual competitive games, most of which occurred in tournaments of the last decade. Basically, the author condensed these tournaments to their most exciting moments and presented these highlights for the readers to enjoy, one after another. As a bonus, the year, the tournament and the players are all listed, so it is quite straightforward to look them up in a database and find out how any game ended up in the particular situation.

I think this book will be enjoyable to anyone between 1200 and 2000. I do not agree with the previous reviewer, however, on the claim that chess and family are mutually exclusive. In fact, I am reading this book so as to delay falling behind my son in chess. Oh, the joy of rearing a child!
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Wan Koon Yat on December 11, 2007
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Richard Pallisar has done a good job!! The good points and the book layout have been mentioned by another reviewer. I just want to make a few words that, to master tactics, one has to do them everyday so that those typical motifs are engraved in your memory, but the problem as mentioned in this book's editorial, is that is there enough puzzles for solving for a considerable period of time. I think this book, with Combinative motifs, Sharpen your tactics, Manual of combination 2 and 3, along with 1000 combination gems you should know, would keep you busy at least 2 - 3 years and one tactical vision as well as the rating would improve as well. I strongly recommend this book!!!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Blunderbuss23 on January 12, 2008
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Two things make this book a bit unusual among books of this sort. 1) Most of the positions are from very recent tournaments and 2) Most of the players are not household names. Both of these features make it harder for me to just remember the games.
I don't think there's anything more instructive or entertaining in chess than working through books like this one.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr Pops Jr on October 17, 2010
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The Complete Chess Workout is definitely a difficult workout. Im started doing puzzles on this as a 1200 USCF, and found the first "warm up" section which is supposed to be easy very difficult. But, I grudged on and notices how, slowly but surely, my tactical skills rapidly improved. I have noticed and won a few games simply because of tactics I would never have seen besides for this book. Now, I am a 1500 USCF but I dont know if that is because of this book or something else.

It is nice that this book does not give you a hint, like many other books. (Your opponent probably won't give you a hint either).

Advice: do as many puzzles as possible, check them and RE-DO the puzzles you missed.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "Franky" on June 24, 2008
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As the other reviewers have noted this is a huge collection of tactical chess problems designed to help you strengthen your chess muscles. But just like joining a "24 Hour Fitness" center, that's just the BEGINNING! You have to use the book, work the problems, understand the ones you didn't get, go back and try them again, and then when you've done all that: DO IT SOME MORE! Find more tactical situations, analyze your games, your friend's games, get more books, buy a tactics disc and so on. Chess Fitness is just like physical fitness: It's not a mountain to scale and then you're done, it's a "health habit" you build into your life-style. The pay off comes when you play a game of chess you can be proud of. THAT is what all your hard work was aiming at. And this book is the ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER of tactical problem collections.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 5, 2008
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A skilled and prolific chess writer, Richard Palliser is also an International Master with numerous tournament successes and in 2006 became the Join British Rapidplay Champion. Clearly, he brings his many years of experience and expertise to bear in writing "The Complete Chess Workout", a comprehensive training manual for chess tactics that will prove invaluable for aspiring chess players from the novice to the expert. Special note should be made that all of the featured 1200 chess puzzles designed to built chess playing skills have been checked by computer engines. Thoroughly 'player friendly', "The Complete Chess Workout is nicely organized into eight distinct chapters: Warming Up!; Attack!; Opening Tricks and Traps; Skill in the Endgame; Loose Pieces and Overloading; Fiendish Calculation; Test Yourself; and Solutions. A comprehensive course of chess instruction under one cover, "The Complete Chess Workout" truly lives up to its title and will prove to be a welcome addition to personal, academic, and community library chess instruction reference collections.
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