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Back to Basics: Tactics (ChessCafe Back to Basics Chess) Paperback – September 15, 2007
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About the Author
Dan Heisman (born 1950) is a United States Chess Federation National Master and author. He is the two-time Open chess champion of Philadelphia (1973 and 1976), and the Philadelphia Invitational Chess Champion (1973). His Penn State team won the U.S. Amateur Team Championship in 1972. Although rated over 2200 by both the United States Chess Federation and FIDE, he is currently inactive as a tournament player. Heisman is a member of the International Computer Games Association and worked at both Deep Blue versus Garry Kasparov matches (1996 and 1997).
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The "look inside" feature here shows the 1st printing (the page before the Table of Contents includes the words "2nd printing" in the 2nd printing) but the 2nd printing is what I got. I ordered from Amazon instead of optional new and used sources listed under the Paperback listing because I suspect the cheaper priced other sources are often the 1st printing.
Many of the "errata" are actually "enhancements" - where there wasn't really an error, but additional notes were helpful.
On the downside, the printing quality is not the highest and the font is rather small. And the text is layed out in two columns per page, which may or may not bother you. But you won't be doing much reading anyway - most of this book is puzzles for you to solve.
Overall, the content of this book is outstanding. After reading this book I immediately saw more tactics in my games that I might have otherwise overlooked. I would choose Heisman's tactics book over Seirawan's "Winning Chess Tactics". I found Heisman's book to be more to the point than Seirawan's and for some reason Heisman's just cemented in my brain more permanently. I would say this book looks pretty similar to Susan Polgar's "Chess Tactics for Champions", which I've thumbed through but have not read cover to cover. I've heard her book is also quite good. I am an adult novice chess player rated around 1300. I think this book is appropriate for that level or anyone who has read a chess primer and played several games.
It contains concepts (for example, counting) not easily found elsewhere.
One of the very best on chess tactics.
For the average player and, may be, a bit more than that.
Then I saw a review of this book and decided to give it a go. MAN, has it helped me. Heisman gives a wonderful primer on each type of tactic complete with a section of puzzles just on that tactic. Then he goes into a section of checkmates, and a wonderful (and difficult) section on defensive tactics.
Finally he wraps it up with a long section of puzzles that cover all the various subjects in the book. This is a wonderful book for those who are new to chess tactics and feel a little overwhelmed by the various puzzle books. I know the book is working because while going through this book I would get one of my Reinfeld books and open to a random puzzle and more times than not be able to solve it! Before, I was just staring cluelessly at the Reinfeld puzzles.
This a great book written by someone who takes education very seriously! Highly recommended for those who need work on basic tactical understanding.
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I found the book very useful, noted each diagram indicating if I found the solution immediately, or not at all, and appreciated the...Read more