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Tactics Time! 1001 Chess Tactics from the Games of Everyday Chess Players (Tactics Time Chess Tactics Books Book 1) Kindle Edition
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These problems are not contrived - they are the types of tactics likely tooccur in a real game.
I used this book as a compliment to my chesstraining and in this year I am now 2048 in rating. Prior to winning the 2013ALL GIRLS NATIONAL OPEN in Chicago, I used this book continually on myKindle everywhere I went - I went 6-0 undefeated.
I am grading "TACTICS TIME! with a 97 outof 100 on the Claudia Munoz Gold Standard
-WCM Claudia Munoz
It's the 'meat and potatoes'tactics book, with puzzles you are more likely to see in real games.
Many books have artificial puzzles, but these are taken from real games.
Statistically, these are the most common type of tactics which we allface. The puzzles are taken from amateur games with dubious openings, messypawn structures, material uneven.
It is an interesting philosophy, I like it.
Candidate Master Tryfon Gavriel ,"Kingscrusher"
- Publication Date : October 19, 2012
- File Size : 30899 KB
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- Print Length : 2039 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B009TBYA7U
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- Best Sellers Rank: #240,595 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I am one of those very class players, and have done TONS and TONS of tactics over several years, in many formats. Literally 5000+ problems on ChessTempo rated to my ability, most of the Reinfeld books, Polgar, etc. I've known from when I started chess that for class players, tactics dominate performance, so I've worked hard on it.
Still, I hit a plateau pretty quickly in my playing that I couldn't break thru, and it was a fairly low plateau, like a 1400 UCSF player. While I could solve some master-level problems with 7-10 moves, I'd fall more than uncommonly to simple 2 movers that I'd just missed. Furthermore, I would just get annihilated in 5 minute blitz. It was as if none of those hard-earned tactics skills I'd practiced came into play, despite the fact I was losing on blunders and missing key tactics in nearly every game.
This book is the cure. I really think the key is that these are from CLASS PLAYER games, so these tactics are extremely, extremely common in blitz and class tournament play. I am not even exaggerating when I say that I bought this on a whim because I just wanted something on my Kindle to read without an internet connection, and was horrified (in a good way) when I revisited chess.com after solving 400 of these problems over 3 days, and seeing my rating rise by a full 75 points. To put it in perspective, I only gained 50 points in the entire last 2 years while studying for hours consistently on chesstempo and other resources. It's now been 2 weeks with this book and I'm still improving, and am now 150points higher than where I was 2 weeks ago, a level I thought was impossible because I was studying tactics so hard even before this book. And the crazy part is that I'm not even working super hard mentally - it's doesn't take that much brainpower to solve and resolve 2-3 movers, unlike 8-movers which requires painful concentration every time so much so that you get fatigued and want to stop.
Most of these problems don't seem particularly hard either - I got 80% of them right on my first try, and thought this book would be too easy. Turns out that the rapidity of seeing even the ones you know, plus mastering that last 20%, yields huge dividends for class level. Because they're straightforward, you can really burn the patterns into your brain so you don't even need to think - they are just recognized. Still, it won't be a waste of money for the typical class player - there are 'fair' number of more complex problems, even 6-10 movers in sublines that will require tons of concentration if you want to really get the whole problem.
I know this sounds too good to be true, and you're thinking 'tactics are tactics, the harder the better', but I'm now convinced that it's crucially important to not only master tactics, but master BASIC tactics. It doesn't matter if you can solve 80% of 8-movers if you're still missing 10% of 2-3 movers - you'll lose every time to an opponent who only misses 5% of 2 movers even if they can't solve anything harder. This almost certainly explains why I didn't get any better for years despite doing 'everything right by studying tactics' - turns out I was studying tactics that were probably too hard for my playing level, and I wasn't burning in the basic patterns so it doesn't even require any thought.
If you're going to spend time studying chess and you're one of those like me stuck in class player hell and not improving, you really, really have to get this book. Stop wasting your time on grandmaster-game problems that you'll never encounter, or falling to cheap shots that you can't defend against in blitz because they're so cheap that no other books have problems like that.
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The book is not going to make you a grade A player. Nevertheless it is an enjoyable read. If you are like me that buys a chess book with the intention of reading it to the end but never quite finishes it this is the book for you.