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  1. Standard member chessisvanity
    THE BISHOP GOD
    07 Aug '07 22:52
    me?...it's "1001 brilliant ways to checkmate"

    by far the greatest book ever published.
  2. 07 Aug '07 22:59
    2 books at the moment -

    Chess Tactics For Students by Bain, and
    Back To Basics: Tactics by Heisman
  3. 07 Aug '07 23:02
    Combination Challenge! By Hays and Hall
    The Amateur's Mind by Jeremy Silman
  4. Standard member chessisvanity
    THE BISHOP GOD
    07 Aug '07 23:04
    looks like tactics are on the menu this evening lmao. good job guys!!
  5. 07 Aug '07 23:07
    The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played

    Tactics in books are useless software iz much better
  6. Standard member chessisvanity
    THE BISHOP GOD
    07 Aug '07 23:11
    i prefer books....its easy to jam a tactics book in my back pocket....carrying a lap top around kinda sucks.
  7. 08 Aug '07 17:20
    Originally posted by chessisvanity
    i prefer books....its easy to jam a tactics book in my back pocket....carrying a lap top around kinda sucks.
    True that, my friend. I did that for a while, but the best option I found was CT-ART for my Pocket PC. It's portable, has many different ways to group the problems (difficulty, tactic, motif), and there's no more of that "hmm...which problem did I leave off on?" My Pocket PC is an old Dell Axim. No fancy phone or wireless capabilities, and I don't use it for anything but CT-ART and recording my games with CEBoard. Its really been a usefull tool for me.
  8. 08 Aug '07 17:23
    Oh, and I'm working my way through Lev Alburt's Chess Opennings for White/Black Explaned.

    Also reading Silman's Amature's Mind (I think this is my forth time to start it, and hopefully my first time to finish it.)
  9. 08 Aug '07 17:30
    i'm so lazy i read 60 pages of 2 books and ran out of gas. pawn power in chess and logical chess move by move. i also am sometimes reading silmans endgame book i've read 275 pages of that so i still got a lot of reading.
  10. 08 Aug '07 19:14
    i got disgusted with ct-arts after making my hundreth queen sac for mate. Usually at my club you win a pawn and grind it out to the end game. in that sense i think emrald.net is far superior.
  11. Standard member irontigran
    Rob Scheider is..
    08 Aug '07 19:18
    trying to do old notation for ART OF THE MIDDLE GAME... i think its worth it..
  12. 08 Aug '07 19:50
    i am reading tactical targets in chess by istavan pongo. and the amatures mind by jeremy silman.great boooks.
  13. Standard member wittywonka
    Chocolate Expert
    08 Aug '07 19:51
    Winning Chess Strategies

    I'm on the last chapter...
  14. 08 Aug '07 20:02
    Originally posted by buddy2
    i got disgusted with ct-arts after making my hundreth queen sac for mate. Usually at my club you win a pawn and grind it out to the end game. in that sense i think emrald.net is far superior.
    It is true that many of the puzzles in CT-ART are mate, but many are not. I wouldn't discount it all as queen sacrifices, either. There are many themes and they may be just been in one that you didn't find benifitial.

    emrald.net, also known as chess tactics server, is also a great resource. It is more geared towards speed chess, as they give you only 3 seconds to solve the thing. But it is great practice at seeing the simple (not always so simple for me) tactics.

    The CT-ART has much more difficult puzzles, often requiring several minutes to solve. Many are unsolvable for me.
  15. 08 Aug '07 20:05 / 1 edit
    I apologize for moving the topic of the thread away from chess books and towards chess software.