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Practical Chess Exercises: 600 Lessons from Tactics to Strategy Paperback – May 15, 2007
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-- 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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Now, if you've read my other chess and checker book reviews you'll know that I'm not prone to empty praise and the type of hyperbola espoused in the paragraph above. But plain and simple, this book is every bit as good as I imply.
What is it? It's 600 problems, six to a page, with solutions sketched (not detailed) on the facing page (which you need to keep covered with a sheet of note paper sized to fit the book). The problems are not the usual themed and rated tactics collection; they are a completely randomized assortment of REAL LIFE positions, many drawn from amateur games. They range from easy to hard, tactical to positional, opening to endgame, and attack to defense. But what is so great about the collection is that you are given not a single hint as to type, theme, or difficulty (until you look at the solution, wherein all is revealed). This simulates tournament play conditions exactly.
Yes, with this book you are completely on your own and as the introduction points out, you are going to have to think for yourself, just as you do in real play. The intro also recommends taking about 30 minutes per page of six problems, but I'll suggest another way of using, and reusing, this book.
I am going through the book in several passes. On my first pass, I take as long as I want on each problem (within reason).Read more ›
This is the first book that I have ever bought concerning chess puzzles, and I must say I am very impressed. Cheng mixes in puzzles of different difficulty levels and simply asks you to make the best move. He doesn't tell you if there is a two move checkmate, or if you are looking for a winning fork, you simply have to study the board and make the best choice. This choice can be anything from creating a space advantage, to an outpost for your Knight, to a fork, to a consolidation of your position, to preventing your opponent from mating you, etc. All you know is that you are either black or white and you must make the best move. I sincerely hope that Cheng comes out with another such book very soon. I am only 80 puzzles into it, and I would definitely consider buying another such book with this format. No hints, no themes, no # of moves to checkmate, simply make the best move. It's brilliant!
problems with strategic ones, plus some on defense and prophylaxis.
The problems themselves are not necessarily harder than the ones you
see elsewhere, but the fact that all these themes are blended together
means that you have to go through your full mental checklist to
evaluate the position and select the appropriate course of action.
Some of the strategy problems, derived from the classics, are really
quite nice. If you've paid your dues in the tactics department and
want to continue your chess training on a broader and more holistic
basis, this book may be just what you need. I have been working
through these exercises myself, and I plan to give selected problems to
my students to analyze and study. There should be more chess training
books written with this philosophy. Dr. Nunn...Yaz...how about it?
Obviously no one has bothered to review if the "Kindle Version", to check if it is usable or not.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loving this book,highly recommend it if you are willing to really study it,your chess will improve!Published 4 days ago by ed
Solving a classical chess problem usually involved being told part of the answer at the outset. ( e.g. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Charles A. Wittnam
I give Mr Cheng praise for his proper use of the Kindle format - a diagram/puzzle on one page, the solution on the next. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Longtime Amazon Fan
Disregard my number of stars rating for this book In order to post this, it required I provide a rating in order to post my questions regarding this book. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Andy Jacksonian
Perfect Book if you are looking to improve your chess skills. I would have loved to have all the moves fully explained, many combinations are implied
by the author therefore... Read more
Excellent book. No-clue puzzles are very good training, especially if the difficulty rating is unpredictable. Read morePublished 14 months ago by David Kerans
Excellent book to teach basic to intermediate strategies and tactics to junior class players. Employs a random approach to the puzzles, to mimic real life.Published 16 months ago by John Hazlett
This has been a chess training favorite of mine for years. I bought this copy for my grandson. The end-game exercises are great for helping keep your focus on the objective.Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer