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Manual of Chess Combinations, Vol. 1a Paperback – 2006
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All in all, a very worthwhile addition to an otherwise crowded field of books on tactics for beginners. -- Eugene Manchester, Chess Cafe, February 2006
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I like the fact that that the different stages are graded by complexity. Actually by number of moves you need to see ahead. This means you can start at the level you are at and as you master a stage move on to the next one. Mastering any stage adds about 100 rating points (as claimed by the author). The books are good quality and the positions big and very clear.
I recommend: 1. Buy chess school 1 b if your rating is 1400-1600. Buy school 2 if rating 1600 or above. School 1 a is very basic.
2. Create an excel file and record the position number and Y/N depending on if you solved it. ALSO write a comment on any position you couldnt solve and why.This allows you to see what you need to improve and to go back over unsolved problems.
The level of difficulty in vol. 1b (as in 1a) is gradually increasing, but there are never more than three moves ahead to calculate. Some endgame positions are included. Often are more than one tactic included in one problem: discovered attack followed by fork, for instance. So the problems are too rich to be categorised by tactics involved.
I went from ELO 1000 against the computer to ELO 1240, thanks to the study of these two books. Studying tactics is the main road to improvement for beginners; you need very little strategy and only general understanding of openings at this stage, as the games mostly are determined by blunders.
After this book I recommend 1000 Checkmate Combinations by Victor Henkin. That one will do something different to your chess tactics. And of course, you should follow up your training with the The Vol. 2 of the Manual.
Book 1a) starts with most trivial positions, but eventually progresses to a more advanced level. I would say that by the
end of the book, you will get to about 500 rating. Book 1B) will bring you to 1000.
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