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Chess Target Practice: Battle Tactics for Every Square on the Board (Fireside Chess Library) Paperback – August 22, 1994
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Top Customer Reviews
It has 200+ puzzles, basically. Majority of them are good
for 1000-1500. 1500-1700 rated people will benefit b/c
of the practice, b/c there are definitely some tough ones.
this idea of "target" really does not work evry well
in real life. These should have been presented in
different context. e.g. What is white's best move?
Then, each could have been explained in terms what
should have tipped off the reader to the break
It still deserves 4.5 stars b/c they are so many
to practice with and they are all good ones (some
are easy, sure, but not all).
If you are over 1700, most likely you will not benefit
Large, clear diagrams, which is good since there's one on every page. A gripe I have with many chess books (at least those that include puzzles or challenges, and this one is no exception) is that it is too easy to see the answers when they directly follow in the text. In his own book, Josh Waitzkin relates that his father would tape over the answers so he couldn't peek! Some books put the solution on the next page but obviously that takes up extra space or at least requires creative formatting.
The Pandolfini-sms are out in full force here. Some are funny, some wincingly so. For example:
Loose pieces are lost pieces.
A rim knight is a slim knight.
Nothing is safe against the sac.
The b-pawn can cause indigestion
A short test with a further ten positions is included as an appendix.
Ultimately this book would be fine for beginner or intermediate players who need to get a handle on attacking themes. I don't know how many of the positions came from over-the board play and how many were created expressly for the book or for Bruce's lessons. I would have liked to see the OTB ones (if there were any) attributed accordingly, and if there in fact weren't any, some should be included; it's nice to know that book learning can actually be used in practical play.
I noticed a couple typos but they are in the English text and don't impact the lessons. A solid book.