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Back to Basics: Tactics

192 pages, paperback, Russell Enterprises, 1. edition 2007

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Chess Tactics Can Be Fun! Tactics are usually why most people find chess fun! This book will greatly enhance your enjoyment learning about – and benefiting from – the recurring patterns of tactics. In chess, if you lose all your pieces you can’t win! And if you capture each of your opponent’s pieces, winning should be easy. Even if you just get ahead by a small amount of material, your chances of winning soar. The way to win your opponent’s pieces is through the use of tactics. This book is about all types of beginning tactics. The author covers comprehensively the subject with basic instructional material, examples, and problems of all types – about 500 examples and problems ranging from too easy to very difficult! Back to Basics: Tactics - the first in theChessCafe Back to Basics Chess Series – should enhances your enjoyment in learning about – and benefiting from – the recurring patterns of tactics.It does not matter who gets the advantage out of the opening if one of the players is likely to lose a piece to a simple tactic in the middlegame. Losing a piece from an advantageous position will almost always result in a lost position. So study tactics, not openings, until you almost never lose pieces to simple tactical motifs.The Importance of Tactics

Chess games are generally won in one of two ways:

(1) Attrition, where one side gets a material advantage and then uses good “technique” to trade down into an easily won endgame, or (2) A direct mating attack on the opponent’s king.

Whichever way the game is won, it’s usually a tactic that creates the material advantage or leads to the mating attack. Of all the skills in chess, the one that correlates highest with how good you are is your tactical ability. Especially among beginning and intermediate players, the one who is the better tactical player almost always wins. So, until you are fairly proficient, it makes sense to concentrate more on tactics than on any other part of the game. Hence, learning a lot of particulars about positional play won’t help you if you find yourself overlooking tactics and losing pieces. This book is an introduction to the various kinds of basic chess tactics. With instructional material, examples, and problems of all types, the subject of chess tactics is covered comprehensively. There are approximately 500 examples ranging from easy to challenging ! It is well established that the study of basic tactics is probably the single most important thing any beginner can do to improve at chess. This book will help you do that! About the Author National Master Dan Heisman is a chess writer and professional chess instructor in the Philadelphia area. His best-selling chess book Looking for Trouble was one of the first chess books to highlight the importance of identifying possible tactical threats. His popular monthly column for beginners, Novice Nook , has been a regular feature at since 2001.

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Weight 350 g
Manufacturer Russell Enterprises
Width 17.8 cm
Height 25.3 cm
Medium Book
Year of Publication 2007
Author Dan Heisman
Language English
Edition 1
ISBN-13 978-1888690347
Pages 192
Binding paperback

005 Introduction

010 How to Use This Book

011 Acknowledgements

012 Chapter 1 Safety and Counting

033 Counting Problems

037 Solutions to Counting Problems

038 Chapter 2 Tactical Motifs

038 2.1 Trapped Pieces

040 Trapped Piece Problems

046 Solutions to Trapped Piece Problems

047 2.2 Pins

050 Pin Problems

056 Solutions to Pin Problems

058 2.3 Skewers

061 Skewer Problems

063 Solutions to Skewer Problems

063 2.4 Double Threats

065 Double Threat Problems

068 Solutions to Double Threat Problems

068 2.5 Double Attacks

070 Double Attack Problems

074 Solutions to Double Attack Problems

075 2.6 Knight and Pawn Forks

077 Knight and Pawn Fork Problems

080 Solutions to Knight and Pawn Fork Problems

082 2.7 Removal of the Guard

085 Removal of the Guard Problems

094 Solutions to Removal of the Guard Problems

096 2.8 Discovered Attack and Discovered Check

098 Discovered Attack and Discovered Check Problems

105 Solutions to Discovered Attack and Discovered Check Problems

106 2.9 Promotion and Underpromotion

110 Promotion and Underpromotion Problems

112 Solutions to Promotion and Underpromotion Problems

113 2.10 Other Tactical Motifs

115 Miscellaneous Problems

117 Solutions to Miscellaneous Problems

118 Chapter 3 Checkmates

118 3.1 Basic Endgame Checkmate Patterns

122 3.2 Basic Checkmate Patterns

127 Checkmate Problems

134 Solutions to Checkmate Problems

135 Chapter 4 Opening Sequences

144 Chapter 5 Defensive Tactics

145 Defensive Problems

151 Solutions to Defensive Problems

153 Chapter 6 78 Problems on 64 Squares

166 Solutions to 78 Problems on 64 Squares

172 Chapter 7 The Seeds of Tactical Destruction

183 Chapter 8 Is There a Win?

186 Solutions to "Is There a Win?" Problems

189 Appendix A The Five Levels of Tactics

190 Appendix B Chess Guidelines

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