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1500 Forced Mates

361 pages, paperback, Elk and Ruby, 1. edition 2021

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Jakov Geller, born in Moscow in 1986, achieved the grandmaster title in 2011. Jakov has been one of Russia’s top modern coaches since 2007 and his pupils have included grandmasters Ivan Bukavshin and Alexandr Predke, international masters Darsen Sanzhaev, Alexey Mokshanov and Rudik Makarian, and WGM Dinara Dordzhieva. The Russian team that Jakov coached in 2009 took first place in the U16 Olympiad. He was named Children's Trainer of the Year in 2010 by the Russian Chess Federation. Jakov has won prizes in over 20 Russian and international tournaments.

His new book focuses on a key element of tactics: forced mate. It contains 1500 positions rife with tactical resources; 1380 of them are presented as puzzles. The book is divided into 31 chapters, most of which are dedicated to a single tactical method, which is described in detail. This fundamental work systematizes the methods for delivering forced mate, which include sacrifices, pawn promotion, vacation, attraction, elimination, deflection, blocking, seizing the square, x-rays, pins, discovered checks, double checks, windmill and interference. The rest of the chapters are titled Combinations; they are used to consolidate the provided knowledge and test the acquired skills. They contain the theoretical basics of the combinations and cases studied, but to solve these puzzles the reader will also need to use techniques they studied in previous parts of the book, rather than in only the current chapter. Therefore, each new tactical method studied gradually increases the diversity of combinations used in the subsequent chapters. The puzzles in every chapter also gradually increase in difficulty. The last chapter makes the book useful even for top-level players, because it consists solely of difficult puzzles and can be used as a universal test to check forced mating skills.

The greatest value of this book is in the learning system that can be used as a foundation for young chess players to study tactics. The author has used this system countless times when working with his pupils and it has proved to be highly successful. Together with the carefully crafted examples it turns this work into a universal textbook that can be used by both students and coaches.

This book is accessible to beginners once they have learned to mate in one, and contains puzzles with mostly 2-move to 6-move solutions.

Puzzles in the final chapter will challenge even grandmasters, with solutions often requiring 9-11 moves.

More Information
Weight 590 g
Manufacturer Elk and Ruby
Width 15,5 cm
Height 23,5 cm
Medium Book
Year of Publication 2021
Author Jakov Geller
Language English
Edition 1
ISBN-13 978-5604560747
Pages 361
Binding paperback

005 Introduction

008 Part 1. Basic Skills

009 Chapter 1. Checkmate with One Piece

018 Chapter 2. Checkmate with More Than One Piece

041 Chapter 3. Captures

047 Part 2. Capabilities of Your Own Pieces

048 Chapter 4. Sacrifices

052 Chapter 5. Pawn Promotion

055 Chapter 6. Vacation

065 Chapter 7. Attraction

073 Chapter 8. Combinations

083 Part 3. Overpowering Your Opponent’s Pieces

084 Chapter 9. Elimination

089 Chapter 10. Combination: Attraction + Elimination

100 Chapter 11. Combinations

116 Chapter 12. Deflection

128 Chapter 13. Combination: Deflection + Elimination

135 Chapter 14. Combinations

146 Chapter 15. Blocking

150 Chapter 16. Combinations

168 Chapter 17. Seizing the Square

176 Chapter 18. Combinations

188 Part 4. Piece Opposition

189 Chapter 19. X-Ray

194 Chapter 20. Combinations

198 Chapter 21. Pins

202 Chapter 22. Combinations

221 Chapter 23. Discovered Check

224 Chapter 24. Combinations

232 Chapter 25. Double Check

237 Chapter 26. Combinations

262 Chapter 27. Windmill

265 Chapter 28. Combinations

273 Chapter 29. Interference

276 Chapter 30. Combinations

282 Part 5. Using Your Knowledge

283 Chapter 31. Test Yourself!

303 Solutions to Problems

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