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Another daily devotional thanks to smartphone tech Problems of every variety and with the intention of drilling past mastery Which is why it often is accused of being a little monotonous in problem selections Polgar was aiming to instill secondhand reflex Will probably take 4yrs to work through. Literally thousands upon thousands of problems to solve A great one volume collection of tactical studies There are better books on the market for studying tactics, however there is nothing that matches it in sheer numbers Sidenote some of the problems are composed. THIS IS THE DEFINITIVE CHESS PUZZLE BOOKI DO 3 OR 4 EVERY MORNING LIKE CLOCKWORK, MY CHESS HAS IMPROVED BECAUSE OF IT, BUY A SMALL ANALYSIS SET AND GET TO MATING This book is a must have for any player trying to increase his level of play Though basically it s 1 4 mate in one puzzles, 2 4 mate in two puzzles, and 1 4 combination it is still a great book many of the books that are mainly exercises, have positional puzzles, defense puzzles, forks skewers discover puzzles, and piece value trade puzzles I have not completely finished all of the puzzles within, but I have done all of the mate in ones, all of the mate in twos, but only about 1 4 of the com This book is a must have for any player trying to increase his level of play Though basically it s 1 4 mate in one puzzles, 2 4 mate in two puzzles, and 1 4 combination it is still a great book many of the books that are mainly exercises, have positional puzzles, defense puzzles, forks skewers discover puzzles, and piece value trade puzzles I have not completely finished all of the puzzles within, but I have done all of the mate in ones, all of the mate in twos, but only about 1 4 of the combinations Im still working at it Again this is a must have weapon in your chess arsenal This book, the bible of tactics, is the best bang for your training bucks You can easily pick up a used copy of this for around 9 do it The publisher description is good but let me elaborate a bit on a few things Firstly, there are no explanations for any of the problems, combos, or games in fact, if I recall, the only actual sentences that occur, other than Laszlo s forward and Pandolfini s intro, are brief remarks about the rules of the game and the properties of the pieces So, while This book, the bible of tactics, is the best bang for your training bucks You can easily pick up a used copy of this for around 9 do it The publisher description is good but let me elaborate a bit on a few things Firstly, there are no explanations for any of the problems, combos, or games in fact, if I recall, the only actual sentences that occur, other than Laszlo s forward and Pandolfini s intro, are brief remarks about the rules of the game and the properties of the pieces So, while a total beginner can learn to play chess from this book, this is not a beginner s course book this book would supplement such a course Because there are no explanations, one cannot get a deep understanding of why some of the tactics work as they do, or why certain moves in the miniatures occurred The closest thing to an explanation in the games is the occasional Informant style annotation variation of a few moves Informant annotations are symbolic annotations not ordinary language annotations Secondly, there is a section of simple endgames 144 diagrams, I think, of which some are farimportant to know than others and by important to know I mean some are theoretical endgames that must be memorized and whose winning and drawing methods learned by heart Such important theoretical endgames need explanation because just knowing the pattern is not sufficient at certain levels Sure, knowing the pattern for winning a K P v K endgame, for example, is good but without understanding the concepts of the various sorts of opposition, key control squares, and outflanking, one will fumble in all but the most elementary scenarios Regardless, these simple endgame positions are worth going over again and again and again Thirdly, the miniature games 25 moves or fewer are organized by tactical focal point i.e., the focus of the tactic is on the f2 f7 square, the g3 g6 square, h2 h7, f3 f6, h3 h6, etc This is very useful for quickly developing pattern recognition and that s really what this book is good for building a memory bank of tactical patterns If you are rated under 1800 you should be devouring this material, and not just once Just do the work, the good chess will eventually follow Here are two personal stories about this book that you might find helpful or interesting A few years ago a family, who knew virtually nothing about chess, except that they wanted their little girl to be the next Humpty Koneru, contacted me about coaching their 6 year old daughter They had mentioned that previously she had been studying with a certain IM but that they thought he was not a good fit Okay, so I meet with the family and the kid and find out that the only study material the IM had provided other than the weekly one hour in person meeting was this Polgar book, and it was the hardcover edition, to boot The hardcover, I believe, is what the young 4 year old Capablanca sat on to see the board when he was beating up on his father in that 1892 photo I mean, this 6 year old girl was barely bigger than the book You don t hand a monstrosity like this to a 6 year old and expect them to start using it for their own edification This kind of thoughtless, I m collecting an easy paycheck approach to coaching is, unfortunately, farcommon than you might think among titled players who have to coach In 2017 I had the opportunity to meet Susan Polgar one of Laszlo s prodigy daughters and discuss training materials with her One thing she said to me about this book by her father is that it consists of some of the type of training material her father used for training her and Judit and Sofia, but that she didn t necessarily think it was organized as well as it could be hence, the Susan Polgar series Learn Chess The Right Way, which she thinks is a better approach to chess pedagogy One final thought about a couple of criticisms of this book that are either just empirically false, misguided, or the sort of stuff the lazy repeat mindlessly.Some complain that this book is all checkmates and thus is not all that helpful, especially with other kinds of tactics Presumably they mean tactics culminating in the gain of some material or possibly some abstract key positional goal, like control of a key square or file, or creating a passer or causing some static weakness in the opponent s camp like Irish Pawns , castling prevention, and so forth This is false Most of the positions culminate in mate but a good number of the simple endgames end in draws and a winning significant advantage for one side further, a number of the combos from the Polgar sisters games do not end in mate but advantage to one side Those with this complaint must have mastered all the mates and can solve all these problems in 3 seconds or fewer with no problems, right I mean, that s why they are complaining because they need to move on to winning a pawn after 4 moves, because they have just mastered all these mate patterns, right Some complain that this book is not so great because some of the diagrams are artificially constructed mates The idea here is that because the position is not from a real over the board game that the position has no practical value to players Very few strong players would agree with this assessment and instead attest to real practical value in studying compositions Let s consider this take, say, 50 of Gioachino Greco s games He has these great games in the King s Gambit, Latvian Gambit, Italian, Vienna, 2 Knights, etc., that have foundational tactics and combos They are exciting and highly instructive games featuring rudimentary and now ubiquitous tactical themes, like exchange sacs, queens checking on the Fool s Diagonal, the so called Greco Mate, back rank mates, skewers, pins, and the ever so cool Greek Gift sac Make diagrams of the tactical shots and solve them Evidence shows that it is highly likely that most or all of Greco s games that have survived up to now are constructions, artificial creations Are you telling me that these have no practical value for regular players Every GM and IM I ve ever worked with have all studied compositions and all think it improved their practical game Studying regular tactics develops pattern recognition and some calculation, but compositions further improve one s calculation and visualization Here s a quote from GM Daniel Naroditsky s Chess.com article Why Solving Studies is so Important Many years ago, my coach introduced me to this titan of composing Kasparian by showing me one of his most famous creations On that day, my passion for studies was born Looking back, I can proudly say that all of the hours I spent poring over study collections were not in vain By regularly solving studies, I considerably enhanced three crucial aspects of my tactical ability visualization, awareness, and imagination To be sure, composers have as their primary intent the pursuit of aesthetic excellence However, as we are about to see, aesthetics and instructional value are directly proportional These attributes are obviously important to better practical play Here is another quote Most players have an uneasy feeling about composed studies They don t like those White to play and win positions they see in magazines because they seem artificial Yes, most studies are artificial But what amateurs might like about them is that the solution is usually 100 percent tactical You don t have to know esoteric, technical positions Just work out the tactics In fact, one of the best ways to improve your winning technique is to work on endgame tactics GM Andrew Soltis What it Takes to Become a Chess Master and another What it may lose in realism isthan compensated by the fact that it is uncluttered by inessential detail giving it a permanent abstract clarity which can only prove an aid to logical thinking and retention in memory John Littlewood Chess Coaching oops, another one is here For those not convinced by the empirical evidence, there are several plausible reasons why looking at chess problems and studies will improve your chess Firstly it should enhance powers of chess fantasy by building up the vocabulary of tactical ideas and patterns Secondly, solving problems and studies require very clear, logical, precise, goal orientated thinking Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, there is the question of motivation which is critical to competitive success GM Jonathan Levitt and IM David Friedgood Secrets of Spectacular Chess blue face visage from Kasparov I am fond of solving chess problems and, particularly, chess studies The time I take to solve studies tests my sporting form and I use many ideas in practical play again from Secrets of Spectacular Chess and the beaten dead horse Richard Reti s definition of endgame studies was Endgame studies are endgame positions with extraordinary content GM Jan Timman foreword from Mark Dvoretsky s Studies for Practical Players Nuff said a giant book of chess problems limited no text good fun and perfect for the under 5 set, since you don t need to read to enjoy it This book is fantastic, so far my favorite on chess It is easily the shortest 1,000 page book I ve ever read, in terms of number of words The bulk of the book is comprised of board layouts, with roughly eight games per page the illustrations are very useful, an enormous improvement over Silman who makes heavy use of chess notation in numbered, paragraph form Really, Silman is a pain to read Most of the problems contained in this book are endgame oriented, like mates in one, two or three mo This book is fantastic, so far my favorite on chess It is easily the shortest 1,000 page book I ve ever read, in terms of number of words The bulk of the book is comprised of board layouts, with roughly eight games per page the illustrations are very useful, an enormous improvement over Silman who makes heavy use of chess notation in numbered, paragraph form Really, Silman is a pain to read Most of the problems contained in this book are endgame oriented, like mates in one, two or three moves The purpose of the book is to get you to recognize patterns unthinkingly it is very effective I love it Win at chess with practical instruction from one of the world s leading teachers With clever strategies for thansituations and clear diagrams, Chess is for the enthusiastic novice as well as the competitor taking the game to the next level Chess takes you through than , unique instructional situations, many taken from actual matches, includingproblems for checkmate in one move mates in two moves,mates in three moves,simple endgames, andtournament game combinations Organized by problem type, each combination, or game is keyed to an easy to follow solution at the back of the book More than , illustrations make it easy to see the possibilities regardless of where your pieces are on the board The book also includes the basic rules of the game and an international bibliography Chess is the ultimate book on winning the game The description is wrong This book has nothing to do with Grandmaster Maurice Ashley CHESS is a book written assembled by Laszlo Polgar and contains many puzzles and game fragments Most of the puzzles are checkmate in two or three moves Laszlo is the father of the famous Polgar sisters. I made it to problem 700 before returning this book to the library I won t deny that it is excellent practice, but I have two main complaints First, the book is only checkmates and gives little assistance on other kinds of tactics Second, many of the positions are composed rather than coming from actual games This reduces the transferability of the practice to actual play.