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Tactical Training

496 pages, paperback, Everyman, 1. edition 2021

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It is hard to understate the importance of tactic ability to overall chess proficiency. Of course other elements such as a knowledge of opening play and an understanding of strategy are also important. However, it is undoubtedly the case that 99% of games are won or lost because one player either spots or overlooks a tactic. Consider your own games and just imagine how much stronger you would be if you never overlooked a tactical idea.

The good news is that your tactical ability is not some genetically-acquired unalterable trait. Tactical ability can always be improved through the application of diligent practice. Tactical themes are repetitive. The same arrangements of pieces occur again and again and a continual study of the subtle interactions between the forces will inevitably lead to a greater sharpness in actual play.

In Tactical Training, experienced chess coach and prolific author Cyrus Lakdawala guides the reader through numerous tactical themes. Topics include:

  • Checkmating patterns.

  • The 32 major combinational concepts.

  • Numerous positions ranked in terms of level of difficulty.

The final chapter focuses on a 2020 online match between Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura, currently the top two ranked players in blitz, the form of chess where tactics predominate.

More Information
Weight 830 g
Manufacturer Everyman
Width 17 cm
Height 24 cm
Medium Book
Year of Publication 2021
Author Cyrus Lakdawala
Language English
Edition 1
ISBN-13 9781781945780
Pages 496
Binding paperback

003 About the Author

006 Bibliography

007 Introduction

013 1) Various Mating Patterns

048 2) Shorter Mates

099 3) Longer Mates

161 4) Annihilation of Defensive Barrier/Obliteration/Demolition of Structure

181 5) Clearance/Line Opening

194 6) Decoy/Attraction/Removal of the Guard

213 7) Defensive Combinations

226 8) Deflection

234 9) Desperado

244 10) Discovered Attack

259 11) Double Attack

270 12) Drawing Combinations

279 13) Fortress

290 14) Greek Gift Sacrifice

298 15) Interference/Obstruction

317 16) Knight Fork(s)

325 17) Overloaded Defender(s)

333 18) Paralysed Piece(s)

344 19) Pawn Promotion/Pawn Breakthrough

365 20) Perpetual Check

371 21) Pins

386 22) Queen Sacrifice

396 23) Simplification

405 24) Skewer

412 25) Stalemate

419 26) Undermining/Removal of the Guard

426 27) Underpromotion

438 28) Weak Back Rank

447 29) Windmill

455 30) X-ray

461 31) Zugzwang

469 32) Zwischenzug

478 33) Match of the Titans: Carlsen versus Nakamura

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