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Chess Training Pocket Book: 300 Most Important Positions (Comprehensive Chess Course Series) Paperback – 2 Jul 2010

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  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 3rd Revised edition edition (2 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1889323225
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889323220
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 331,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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International Grandmaster Lev Alburt, three-time U.S. champion and former European champion, is one of the most sought-after chess teachers in the world. He lives in New York.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sherlock on 4 Jan. 2014
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This book in essence is a chess puzzle book. There are 300 of them randomly arranged by theme.
When I first attempted the puzzles, I looked for the 'obvious' moves that seemed logical. But I soon realised that by sacrificing a queen, or other out of character move, mate or a winning position would soon follow.
You can basically have two approaches to this style of presentation:
1, Look for themes in the index and work on those,
2, Randomly flip through to a page, and, not reading the theme, think what move you would make.
Not a book for the beginner, but someone of intermediate level who feels stuck in a rut.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By gjb on 27 April 2011
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This pocket book is an excellent accompaniment to a chess tactics regime. It contains a perfectly balanced mixture of problems that are encountered in typical chess games. Positions might be tactically rich, strategical or endgame. I really appreciated this book because a) it was concise, b) it was no-nonsense and c) it was readable and approachable. I tend to judge a book on whether or not I learnt anything that I can remember longterm. This Lev Alburt book showed me how to obtain a draw with Rook and Knight, winning endgame technique, calculating in the opening, making strategical gains, stalemate and set me a whole host of tactical problems!

If you are daunted by some of the larger 'tactical volumes' then this lightweight pocket book should be ideal for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on 24 Sept. 2014
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Great but heavy going if you area beginner
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Golden Oldie on 9 Nov. 2013
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Bought this for my husband. He read about the pocket book series in a Chess Magazine. He tells me it is interesting and should prove useful for future online chess games!
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