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Practical Chess Exercises: 600 Lessons from Tactics to Strategy Paperback – May 15, 2007
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"If you study this book, you will acquire the most important chess skill of all: the ability to think for yourself."
-- John Watson, International Master, Author of the award-winning Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy, Chess Strategy in Action, and Mastering the Chess Openings
"In creating Practical Chess Exercises, Ray Cheng has turned a labor of love into a treasury of instructive problems to help non-beginners improve their chess. The problems are of all types -- tactical and positional -- and all levels. Best of all, they are not labeled in any way other than who is to move, so for each position you have to find the relevant concerns and properly address them. The answers are not just a list of moves, but they also include instructive prose. This book answers the prayers of chess enthusiasts looking for Â'unmarkedÂ' problems to test their skills."
-- Dan Heisman, U.S. National Master, Author of the award-winning Novice Nook column at Chess CafÃ© and books such as A ParentÂ's Guide to Chess, Looking for Trouble, and EveryoneÂ's 2nd Chess Book
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There are many fine tactical books to help the brain recognize the patterns of tactics, first offensively, and then in a manner from which I can recognize when I am setting the stage for my opponent to make a tactical strike against me. Yet it is this book that stands apart, and although it should not replace the many tactic books (and web sites), it is essential for someone like me, who has been studying tactics and getting the "mate in 3" or "win a piece in 4", and so on because this book uses real settings but does not alert as to whether or not a tactic is present.
If present, I must find it.
If it is not present, I must find the best move.
This is fascinating and is a wonderful supplement to my tactical training. As I can now "see" certain tactical patterns almost immediately, when doing tactic after tactic after tactic, I am now faced with situations where I do not know if a tactic exists, therefore, the more advanced form of positional play is introduced.
Well written, with a user friendly page set up, it is a terrific book for Intermediate players.
As said, it's not a book for the beginner. You do need to be familiar with chess rules and with algebraic notation. Now if there was just a book to teach me how to maneuver my opponent into one of the 600 example above ...
The Kindle version of this book has been formatted very nicely for use on the Kindle! The table of contents consists of a couple pages of hyperlinks, one link for each problem. The problems themselves are presented on two pages each. The first page contains a nicely-formatted picture of the chess board, the number of the problem, and the side whose turn it is to move. Each diagram is large and easy to read - exactly the width of the kindle (with a little margin on the left and right) and the chess board takes up the top 3/4 of the display. It's very easy to read with sharp images of each chess piece, both black and white. After analyzing the move, press the Kindle's "Next Page" button to see the solution. The solutions consist of a title that provides the strategic theme for the problem, a description of the opening motif(s) that might lead to the position (when appropriate), the "solution" moves/variation(s), and a lively description of WHY the suggested variation improves the moving player's position on the chessboard.
It is apparent that the author/publisher has not simply "reprinted" this fine book, but rather has taken the time to format it specifically to take advantage of the Kindle's user interface. The result is an excellent example of how all Kindle chess books should be formatted and delivered. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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