229 pages, paperback, Batsford Chess, 1. edition 2013, original edition 1949
The proper use of combination play is the secret of winning chess. 'Winning Chess' not only tells you, but graphically and forcefully shows you, how to recognize the elements of winning tactical combinations and how to apply them to actual game positions. It teaches you how to look for the distinguishing characteristics and repetitive patterns that announce the presence of a potential combination. It shows you how to exploit these patterns to achieve such winning tactics as the pin, the knight fork, the double attack, the discovered check, the skewer and a dozen others. Each tactical theme is explained, demonstrated, analyzed and illustrated from the simplest form to the more complex situations that arise in master games. Each chapter constitutes a unique lesson in attacking play, and each can be applied directly to your own game.
If you are an average chess player, familiar with the major openings, and have played over some of the famous grandmaster tournament games, 'Winning Chess' is the book for you. If you master these lessons, you will vastly improve your game.