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The Chess Cafe Puzzle Book 1 - 4

973 pages, paperback, Russel, 1. edition 2013.

€66.00
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Book 1:

Chess is 99% Tactics

I strongly believe that tactics is a very important part of the game of chess; the conscientious study and application of tactical principles have helped my sisters and me a great deal throughout our careers. I absolutely agree with the well-known maxim: "Chess is 99% tactics."

This book offers every type of tactical motif imaginable, from the more common back rank mates, pins, skewers, forks and the like up to and including some of the most beautiful and rare combinations. This is a tactical book that will prove exceptionally useful for a wide range of players, intermediate through master strength and even beyond. I can heartily give this book two thumbs up. It will help you develop and improve your tactical skills tremendously.

From the Foreword by Women's World Champion, International Grandmaster Susan Polgar



Book 2:

Improve Your Positional Intuition!

ChessCafe Puzzle Book 2 is a unique instructional chess book that aims to help intermediate and advanced players improve their command of one of the most difficult aspects of playing chess - strategy. It does so by offering a large number of examples carefully selected by the author, German International Grandmaster Karsten Müller.

While there are many books and software programs available to assist chessplayers in improving their tactical ability, there are relatively few that focus on strategic and positional considerations. Working through these positions and exercises is a great way to improve your positional understanding.



Book 3:

Defend to the End!

One of the most important skills a chessplayer needs is the ability to defend a position that is under siege. In this third volume in the highly acclaimed, best-selling ChessCafe Puzzle Book series, International Grandmaster Karsten Müller, along with International Master Merijn van Delft, examines and expounds upon the vital defensive concepts and techniques used to repulse enemy attacks.

Major topics include (1) Principles and methods of defend­ing; (2) Defending against a direct attack on the king; (3) Countering the initiative; (4) Saving the draw; (5) Passive versus active defense; and (6) Use and development of counterplay

Many of the world's greatest players - Steinitz, Lasker, Petrosian - were famous for their legendary defensive skills. Let co-authors Karsten Müller and Merijn van Delft show you how you can Test and Improve Your Defensive Skill.



Book 4:

Welcome to The Chess Puzzle Book 4! - It mostly deals with the important technical question of how to convert a static advantage.

As noted by Mark Dvoretsky in his Foreword: "I cannot think of any books with high-quality exercises regarding such topics as domination, the 'do not hurry' principle, the principle of two weaknesses, etc., all of which are discussed by Mueller and his co-author Alexander Markgraf (..) I hope that you enjoy this new book by Müller and Markgraf and I encourage you to seriously study the positions discussed in the book. As a result, you will significantly progress in your understanding of chess and improve your results."

Topics include Prophylaxis, The Principle of Two Weaknesses, The Right Exchange, Domination, Do Not Rush, and Converting an Advantage. There are also many well-chosen exercises with comprehensive solutions to help guide and instruct the reader.

The Chess Puzzle Book 4 is the fourth volume in the series formerly known as the ChessCafe Puzzle Books.

Details
Language English
Author Müller, Karsten
van Delft, Merijn
Publisher Russel
Edition 1.
Medium Book
Weight 1.6 kg
Width 15.3 cm
Height 22.8 cm
Pages 973
Year of Publication 2013
Binding paperback
Contents

Book 1:

001 Foreword

002 Introduction

004 Signs and Symbols

005 1. Motifs

005 Back Rank Mate

011 Bishop Pair

017 Dangerous Passed Pawn

021 Decoy

022 Deflection

032 Destroying the Guard

034 Discovered Attack

038 Double Attack

042 Drawing Motifs

046 Greek Gift

050 Interference

052 Attack on the King

083 Vacating Lines or Squares

085 The Mighty Knight

090 The Pin

095 The Skewer

098 Trapped Pieces

101 X-Ray Attack

102 Zugzwang

105 Zwischenzug

107 2. Easy Exercises

141 3. Endgame Exercises

154 4. Opening Traps

159 5. Find the Defense

167 6. The Five Most Beautiful Combinations

174 7. Tests

228 8. Solutions

298 Score Chart

299 Source/Additional Material



Book 2:

004 Foreword

004 Signs & Symbols

005 Introduction

006 1. Motifs

006 Good and Bad Bishops

012 Domination

017 Outpost

023 Undermining

026 Opening the Position

029 Blockade

031 Improving Piece Placement

037 Prophylaxis

041 A Second Front

045 Counterplay

048 Positional Exchange Sacrifice

052 Simplification

058 Weaknesses

066 Weak Color Complex

072 2. Tests

153 Exercise and Test Solutions

274 Score Chart

275 Bibliography



Book 3:

006 Signs and Symbols

007 Introduction

009 1. Principles and Methods of the defender

026 2. Defending against an Attack on the King

046 3. Fighting against the Initiative

057 4. Perpetual Check

060 5. Stalemate

066 6. The Right Exchange

076 7. Exchange Sacrifices

095 8. Defense against a Minority Attack

103 9. Defending Inferior Endgames

117 10. The Great Tigran Petrosian

124 11. Easy Exercises

131 12. Tests

Solutions

164 Chapter Exercises

186 Easy Exercises

190 Test Solutions

216 Bibliography



Book 4:

004 Signs and Symbols

005 Foreword

006 Introduction

007 Chapter 1: Prophylaxis

029 Chapter 2: The Principle of Two Weaknesses

048 Chapter 3: The Right Exchange

064 Chapter 4: Domination

084 Chapter 5: Do Not Rush

090 Chapter 6: Converting an Advantage

108 Tests

132 Solutions: Chapter Exercises

150 Solutions: Tests

183 Sources

The Chess Cafe Puzzle Book 1 - 4

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