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  1. Standard member jarrasch
    NeighborhoodChampion
    21 Jul '13 14:48
    Hi,

    can you help me please sort tactics books by difficulty?

    Let's start:

    Susan Polgar‘s Chess Tactics for Champions
    is easier than
    Chess School 1b by Ivaschenko
    is easier than
    Winning Chess Exercises for Kids by Coakly
    is ??? than
    Weteschnik’s Understanding Chess Tactics
    is more less the same level as
    Fred Reinfeld’s 1001 Winning Chess Sacrifices and Combinations
    is easier than
    Palliser’s Complete Chess Workout

    I do not know the average difficulty of these books:
    Sharpen your tactics - Lein
    Chess Tactics - Littlewood

    please feel free to continue/correct/expand this list.

    thanks!
    jarrasch
  2. Standard member RJHinds
    The Near Genius
    22 Jul '13 04:54 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by jarrasch
    Hi,

    can you help me please sort tactics books by difficulty?

    Let's start:

    Susan Polgar‘s Chess Tactics for Champions
    is easier than
    Chess School 1b by Ivaschenko
    is easier than
    Winning Chess Exercises for Kids by Coakly
    is ??? than
    Weteschnik’s Understanding Chess Tactics
    is more less the same level as
    Fred Reinfeld’s 1001 Winning Chess Sac ...[text shortened]... ics - Littlewood

    please feel free to continue/correct/expand this list.

    thanks!
    jarrasch
    I don't have any of those books. The one tactics book I have that I have completed is "Winning Chess Tactics Illustrated" by I.A. Horowitz. I am almost finished with "Learn Chess Tactics" by John Nunn. The first part of John Nunn's book seems pretty easy, since I have already completed a book on tactics. However, now that I have gotten to the combinations where the tactical ideas are added together, it seems more difficult.

    The Instructor
  3. Donation ketchuplover
    G.O.A.T.
    22 Jul '13 07:28
    "Perfect Your Chess" is sufficiently challenging to all imo.
  4. 31 Jul '13 02:19 / 1 edit
    I would like to recommend any of Jeremy Silman books, Reassess your Chess, and his complete strategy and endgame books are very good & any chess player can understand & put the principals to work right away.🙂
  5. 31 Jul '13 06:32
    I can't help you sort by difficulty, but don't see why anyone would need to do that as you've listed the two best books on tactics IMHO:

    "Chess Tactics" by Littlewood and "Understanding Chess Tactics." Both are gems and will repay dedicated study.

    Course in Chess Tactics by Dejan Bojkov and Vladimir Georgiev is awesome, but I'd hold off until you've gone through the other two multiple times. The Dreev/Seirawan game is stunning.
  6. Donation ketchuplover
    G.O.A.T.
    31 Jul '13 10:18
    I'm sour on Susan Polgar & Paul Truong after their "shenanigans" involving the USCF.
  7. Standard member DeepThought
    Losing the Thread
    31 Jul '13 16:18 / 1 edit
    When I was checking my facts for my post in Thread 154611 for the reference to "inventing games" I found some books I have no recollection of buying. The more mysterious one is "A Short History of Progress" which is totally baffling; the less surprising one is "Excelling at Chess Calculation" by Jacob Aagaard, as at least I can imagine myself buying it. Does anyone know whether it's any good?
  8. Standard member jarrasch
    NeighborhoodChampion
    31 Jul '13 19:41
    Originally posted by emperor31
    I can't help you sort by difficulty, but don't see why anyone would need to do that as you've listed the two best books on tactics IMHO:

    "Chess Tactics" by Littlewood and "Understanding Chess Tactics." Both are gems and will repay dedicated study.

    Course in Chess Tactics by Dejan Bojkov and Vladimir Georgiev is awesome, but I'd hold off until you've gone through the other two multiple times. The Dreev/Seirawan game is stunning.
    The reason why I would like to have them sorted by difficulty is to set order for studies.
    For example, which of the books that you have recommended as gems should be studied first (is easier)?
    "Chess Tactics" by Littlewood or "Understanding Chess Tactics?
    (I would say that easier is the book which contains combinations of lower depth (plys) on average.)
  9. 01 Aug '13 02:41
    Go with the Littlewood book.

    The "Test Your Chess IQ" series is great too (start with vol. 1).
  10. Standard member jarrasch
    NeighborhoodChampion
    01 Aug '13 08:32
    Originally posted by emperor31
    Go with the Littlewood book.

    The "Test Your Chess IQ" series is great too (start with vol. 1).
    thanks emperor31 and everyone for hints.
    Still, I am waiting for further contribution to this topic 🙂
  11. Standard member finnegan
    GENS UNA SUMUS
    02 Aug '13 19:45
    http://www.chesstactics.org/

    This is a terrific guide to tactics and available on the net! I really recommend it. I was worried it might disappear while I was working through it. It seems too good to be free. Now I worry it might disappear while I work through it again.