Category Archives: Tactical

Tactics in Chess Books

What do some chess books have to say about tactics? A great deal! The following brief book reviews relate to tactics in the royal game. We’ll stick to simply quoting from these five books. Beat That Kid in Chess (by … Continue reading

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Avoiding Blunders in Chess

First we need to separate two sources of error: Tactical ignorance for a particular position Temporary weakness of body or mind (including fatigue) This division of cause does not mean a blunder must come from only one of the above. … Continue reading

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Cutting Deeply with the Knife of a Fork

Many chess books teach the tactic of the knight fork. Let’s examine two puzzles from the 1955-published book 1001 Winning Chess Sacrifices and Combinations, by the well-known chess author Fred Reinfeld. (Most of the problems in this publication are more challenging that … Continue reading

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Book “1001 Winning Chess Sacrifices and Combinations”

A few recent chess books may have outdone 1001 Winning Chess Sacrifices and Combinations, by Fred Reinfeld, in the numbers of their diagrams, but the older publication lead the way. It still stands as a classic in this form of chess … Continue reading

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How Does a Beginner Win a Chess Game?

How can a raw beginner win a game of chess against another raw beginner? I have a few suggestions: Read my book Beat That Kid in Chess;  when you play chess, apply what you learned Learn to imagine a move, … Continue reading

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“How to Beat Your Dad at Chess”

Chess Book Review It was the best of books; it was the worst of books. For average chess beginners or the lower-intermediate-level players, how can this book simultaneously be the best and the worst, this bestseller on the royal game: How to Beat Your Dad at Chess?  It’s … Continue reading

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Tactics Above Strategy in Chess

Have you ever heard that chess is 95% tactics? That’s close to the mark, for most chess games are won or lost because of tactics more than strategy. So what’s the difference between tactics and strategy? Strategy is like arranging your living room for … Continue reading

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