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  1. Standard member malinga
    That would be me
    27 May '07 19:47
    I've tried reading chess books before I just can never finish them. Either they are too much work or too much commitment - I just never seem to get through them.

    There have been classics (art of war 1st edition i found in second hand shop for £2.80 circa 1992), openings (basic opening ideas - Reuben Fine) or games (100 best ever games - Nunn) but no tactical one...

    I'd like to improve though so I'm thinking maybe tactical is way to go. Can I get your suggestions for a good practical tactical improvement book please. It'll need to be easily read and not too much work

    Cheers
  2. Standard member malinga
    That would be me
    27 May '07 19:57
    The post that was quoted here has been removed
    I love sacs so I'll definately look at that. Cheers
  3. Standard member Ragnorak
    For RHP addons...
    27 May '07 19:58
    Originally posted by malinga
    I've tried reading chess books before I just can never finish them. Either they are too much work or too much commitment - I just never seem to get through them.

    There have been classics (art of war 1st edition i found in second hand shop for £2.80 circa 1992), openings (basic opening ideas - Reuben Fine) or games (100 best ever games - Nunn) but no tacti ...[text shortened]... cal improvement book please. It'll need to be easily read and not too much work

    Cheers
    This site is about as good as it gets for ease of readability and content.
    http://www.chesstactics.org/

    Re actual books. I've been thinking of getting my hands on Seirawans Winning Chess Tactics, just because I found Winning Chess Strategies such a pleasant read.

    D
  4. Standard member malinga
    That would be me
    27 May '07 20:03
    Originally posted by Ragnorak
    This site is about as good as it gets for ease of readability and content.
    http://www.chesstactics.org/

    Re actual books. I've been thinking of getting my hands on Seirawans Winning Chess Tactics, just because I found Winning Chess Strategies such a pleasant read.

    D
    Thanks a lot - that site looks like a very usable one.
  5. Standard member Talisman
    Time traveller.
    27 May '07 20:18
    I can only speak for myself, but i found what really helped me to improve tactically was a real gem of a book called. The Search for Chess perfection by CJS Purdy. in particular there's an 8 piece segment at the back of the book on how to see combinations. A real eye opener it gives real common sense practical advice that works!

    Also studying the games of the great Paul Morphy.

    Get yourself a copy of The First book Of Morphy and study it and i mean study it. Don't just play through the games. Take the side of Morphy. Be him! at each turn try and predict his next move, taking in to account all the strategic and tactical elements present in the position. When you've made your choice compare it to Morphys and look at the notes of the author who explains the whys and wherefores of the chosen move.
    This technique will work wonders for your game providing you are willing to put in the effort!
  6. 27 May '07 21:45
    josh waitzkins book is great. helped me learn how to use tactics and other things such as pawn breaks. attacking chess is its title. very good read.
  7. Standard member malinga
    That would be me
    28 May '07 10:51 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Talisman
    Get yourself a copy of The First book Of Morphy and study it and i mean study it.
    When you've made your choice compare it to Morphys and look at the notes of the author who explains the whys and wherefores of the chosen move.
    This technique will work wonders for your game providing you are willing to put in the effort![/b]
    Thanks, but your advice doesn't really fit my remit of very little work!
  8. Standard member malinga
    That would be me
    28 May '07 10:51
    Originally posted by kmac27
    josh waitzkins book is great. helped me learn how to use tactics and other things such as pawn breaks. attacking chess is its title. very good read.
    Thanks kmac27 - I'll have a look
  9. Standard member onyx2006
    onyx2007
    28 May '07 11:04
    art of attack in chess, Very good book. A "bit" hard to read tho, but certainly worth having.
  10. Standard member malinga
    That would be me
    28 May '07 11:52
    Originally posted by onyx2006
    art of attack in chess, Very good book. A "bit" hard to read tho, but certainly worth having.
    and it's one of those books I couldn't finish - see first post.
  11. Standard member onyx2006
    onyx2007
    28 May '07 14:39
    Originally posted by malinga
    and it's one of those books I couldn't finish - see first post.
    :-) I Know, I'm struggling with that book ever since I got my hands on it.
  12. 28 May '07 18:57
    Here some books that don't require a whole lot of work but are good-

    Josh Waitzkin's Attacking Chess

    Winning Chess Tactics by Yasser Seirawan

    Chess Tactics for the Tournament Player by Alburt and Palatnik

    More Chessercizes! Checkmate (book of puzzles) by Bruce Pandolfini

    If you want CD's, Chess Tactics for Beginners by Convekta's a great one (puzzles)
  13. 28 May '07 20:43
    "The Art of Checkmate" is good for learning mating patterns. The one I had was only in descriptive notation though, dont know if it is available in algebraic. I also cant remember if it was by Victor Renaud or Eugene Znosko-Borovsky.
  14. 29 May '07 05:59
    My favorite book right now is Van Perlo's 'Endgame Tactics, Comprehensive Guide to the Sunny Side of Endgames'. Recommended.
  15. Standard member malinga
    That would be me
    29 May '07 11:44
    Originally posted by chesskid001
    Here some books that don't require a whole lot of work but are good-

    Josh Waitzkin's Attacking Chess

    Winning Chess Tactics by Yasser Seirawan

    Chess Tactics for the Tournament Player by Alburt and Palatnik

    More Chessercizes! Checkmate (book of puzzles) by Bruce Pandolfini

    If you want CD's, Chess Tactics for Beginners by Convekta's a great one (puzzles)
    thanks everyone for your help