Back to Basics: Tactics
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!
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.
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!
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 ChessCafe.com since 2001.
Chapter 1 Safety and Counting
Solutions to Counting Problems
Chapter 2 Tactical Motifs
2.1 Trapped Pieces
Trapped Piece Problems
Solutions to Trapped Piece Problems
Solutions to Pin Problems
Solutions to Skewer Problems
2.4 Double Threats
Double Threat Problems
Solutions to Double Threat Problems
2.5 Double Attacks
Double Attack Problems
Solutions to Double Attack Problems
2.6 Knight and Pawn Forks
Knight and Pawn Fork Problems
Solutions to Knight and Pawn Fork Problems
2.7 Removal of the Guard
Removal of the Guard Problems
Solutions to Removal of the Guard Problems
2.8 Discovered Attack and Discovered Check
Discovered Attack and Discovered Check Problems
Solutions to Discovered Attack and Discovered Check Problems
2.9 Promotion and Underpromotion
Promotion and Underpromotion Problems
Solutions to Promotion and Underpromotion Problems
2.10 Other Tactical Motifs
Solutions to Miscellaneous Problems
Chapter 3 Checkmates
3.1 Basic Endgame Checkmate Patterns
3.2 Basic Checkmate Patterns
Solutions to Checkmate Problems
Chapter 4 Opening Sequences
Chapter 5 Defensive Tactics
Solutions to Defensive Problems
Chapter 6 78 Problems on 64 Squares
Solutions to 78 Problems on 64 Squares
Chapter 7 The Seeds of Tactical Destruction
Chapter 8 Is There a Win?
Solutions to ``Is There a Win?`` Problems
Appendix A The Five Levels of Tactics
Appendix B Chess Guidelines.
- Casa editrice Russell Enterprises
- Codice 5854
- Anno 2007
- Pagine p. 192
- Isbn 1978888690332