Originally posted by !~TONY~!
An interesting one that got great reviews (that I completely agree with) is Valeri Beims "How to Calculate Chess Tactics". It's not a collection of problems (although there are a certain amount to test you on the material covered) but it's about working on your calculation and tactical vision.
I got the opportunity to glance at this book and while I agree that it is very good, my initial reaction to it was quite similar to the following excerpt from IM Silman's review:
Now it's time to return to the book's title (and the promise it implies): HOW TO CALCULATE CHESS TACTICS. The author does offer a fresh way of looking at combinations and calculation, though it requires a good deal of thought -- his ideas are anything but basic. Thus, I feel that Grandmaster Beim has given us an important addition to the literature on this topic, and that players from 1900 on up can get a lot out of it. However, players under 1900 might feel a bit put off by the subject's complexity. In fact, they might even become somewhat depressed -- Beim takes it for granted that the calculations he deems as being so simple will prove just as simple for the masses. I don't believe this to be true. And a "how to" book for one level is not necessarily a "how to" for another.
Frankly, I feel that Silman may even be understating the complexity of Beim's book.
: With regard to the query that started this thread, I like your own suggestion of "The Art of Chess Combination" (Znosko-Borovsky). Here are some other possibilities:
"The Basis of Combination in Chess" (Dumont)
"Chess: Middlegame Combinations" (Romanovsky)
"Winning Chess Combinations" (Bouwmeester)
"Mastering Chess Tactics" (McDonald)
"How To Become A Deadly Chess Tactician" (Lemoir)
"Chess Tactics For The Tournament Player" (Alburt and Palatnik)