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The Art of the Checkmate Paperback – June 1, 1962
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The book is divided into 26 chapters (some of which are quizzes chapters). In each chapter the authors start by introducing the basic pattern with a minimal number of pieces on the board, and then examples from actual games are shown. Most of these games are annotated starting from the opening phase all the way to the checkmate variations. The book contains also 80 quizzes which are mostly asking you to find a mate in a number of moves. If you note down the diagrams of the basic patterns and review them from time to time, you will develop a strong sense and intuition about checkmate threats both for attack and defense purposes. I benefited from these patterns both in slow correspondence and fast blitz games.
There are few things to keep in mind when studying this relatively old book. Most of the comments related to openings are outdated and in some cases they are simply wrong by modern standards. Also in very few quizzes there is no really forced mate as claimed by the authors. But one cannot blame the authors for any of these criticisms given the time in which the book was written (pre computers).
The book is highly recommended for beginners and average players (for example 0-1800 ICC standard rating).
Go through the motions with a real chess set and run through this book for a month or two and you will have people scratching their heads at how you trapped and mated them. This book really helped my checkmates and I am giving it a 5 star review. Absolutely essential for anyone who wants to close the deal with style and deception. I really love this book. It is my favorite checkmating book and I don't believe there is another out there quite like it.
It introduces each mate by name, gives examples of what it can look like and how it can come about, then it has about 3 games ending with that kind of mate. The games are annotated, so you get some chess strategy for free with this book.
Finally, each section ends with some exercises.
Do not worry about the small size of the book. That just means it is concise, so you can learn it fast instead of wading though pages and pages of paragraphs like in some other books. Get straight to exercising.
Once i passed the hurdle of the descriptive notation, I found the book very instructive and helpful in recognizing and using the mating patterns and methods described in the book. The book is wrien in a very easy to understand way, using multiple examples for each mating pattern, which helps a lot in understanding and remembering it, and in finding ways to use in games.
Absolutely glorious! A great book to have!
nicely put together showing time after time the themes that initiate certain tactics.
only one minus, it's in descriptive notation, other than that - glorious!