Originally posted by grit
Study tactics and get a real understanding of them so as to improve your playing, in what order would you study these books ( add others if you like them better.)
Learn Chess Tactics By Nunn
Chess Tactics for Champions by SUsan Polgar
Winning Chess Tactics. By Seirawan
Understanding Chess Tactics. By Martin Weteschnik
I want to really understand ...[text shortened]... nd of each tactic problem would like a good explanation of why that move was best .
"Study tactics and get a real understanding of them so as to improve your playing... ( add others if you like them better.) "
I do have one recommendation for you. If you want to really understand the basics of tactics, then you must read what Dan Heisman has written about an overlooked tactic called "counting".
Counting is not, "Pawns are worth 1, rooks are worth 5, etc." Counting is the process of determining whether any sequences of captures on a square might lead to loss of material. And it's not always as easy as you might think. And very few tactics books even mention the subject of counting. Heisman is one of the few people who talk about counting in any detail. (Anyone know of any other books that discuss counting? )
Dan discusses counting in his tactics book "Back to Basics: Tactics", so if you get this book, you'll read about counting from that. But if you don't plan on getting his book, no problem. Dan covers this subject in four of his Novice Nook columns, which he puts on his web site for free. (Can't beat that deal! )
Maybe an easier alternative is just to go to his Novice Nook page, where he has links to all of his NN articles grouped both by subject and in chronological order. (His tactics grouping has links to about 18 NN articles on the subject of tactics.)