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Lots of puzzles in a nice format
on April 15, 2013
Features that make "Chess Tactics for Champions" superior to other tactics books:
1. Only 3 puzzles per page; allowing ample space to take notes in the margins
2. No hints (just text like "white to move"), making the puzzles more realistic and challenging (although they are grouped by theme)
3. Large quantity of puzzles, with more puzzles on the more common tactics (forks/double attacks, pins and discovered attacks)
4. Nice, but brief, explanations of each tactic with several good examples
5. No errors that I've found
Downsides to this book:
1. Too many combinations that involve a queen sacrifice. This is just not that common at the amateur level.
2. For the absolute beginner, these puzzles might be too difficult
This book is a terrific second tactics book. If you are new to chess, tactics is the most important thing you can study. But you need the right learning materials to get started. I recommend GM Yassir Seirawan's "Winning Chess Tactics". After reading that you will be ready to take on the more challenging puzzles you will find in "Chess Tactics for Champions". Also good is NM Dan Heisman's book "Back to Basics: Tactics" which has a difficulty level somewhere in between these two books. Good luck!