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Practical Chess Exercises: 600 Lessons from Tactics to Strategy [Kindle Edition]

Ray Cheng
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Amazon's Best-Selling Chess Book!

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Raise your chess to the next level with this program of 600 instructive and challenging exercises covering all aspects of the game. This book will sharpen your tactical vision, deepen your positional understanding, and enrich your knowledge of theoretical positions. It will also strengthen your analytical skills, and instill a sound move selection process. Win more games and increase your enjoyment of chess!

"This is the first book I've read that makes me feel like I'm in a real game, where I need to use my full thinking process to pick the best move."
—Blue Devil Knight

"If you study this book, you will acquire the most important chess skill of all: the ability to think for yourself."
—John Watson, International Master, author of the award-winning Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy, Chess Strategy in Action, and Mastering the Chess Openings

"In creating Practical Chess Exercises, Ray Cheng has turned a labor of love into a treasury of instructive problems to help non-beginners improve their chess. The problems are of all types—tactical and positional—and all levels. Best of all, they are not labeled in any way other than who is to move, so for each position you have to find the relevant concerns and properly address them. The answers are not just a list of moves, but they also include instructive prose. This book answers the prayers of chess enthusiasts looking for unmarked problems to test their skills."
—Dan Heisman, U.S. National Master, author of the award-winning Novice Nook column at Chess Café and books such as A Parent's Guide to Chess, Looking for Trouble, and Everyone's 2nd Chess Book

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 19021 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Wheatmark, Inc. (3 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001FSK3H6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #278,510 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent mix of exercises. 25 Nov. 2008
By gjb
For a strong amateur / intermediate player like myself, this book was well worth investing in! The exercises in this book are a mixture of mating combinations, strategy (pawn breaks etc.), tactics, endgame training and defense all of which can occur in a normal game of chess. The exercises in this book are some of the most helpful and practical that I have tried to date.

What I liked most of all about this book is that Cheng frequently shows you positions that look tactically promising, tempting you into attack. Often these tactics don't actually work because of the tactics against you! These problems certainly make you check and double check the position, just as in a real game. I thoroughly recommend this book to all budding intermediates ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars practical exercises 21 Nov. 2011
By Doc Man
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book presents chess boards at various stages of games. You are only told who is to move next. It gives no idea of whether you are looking for a knight fork, developing pawn structure or mating in three. In other words it's like playing real games. I can get very good at finding knight forks if the book has a whole chapter on them. This dots around which can be disconcerting but means that you quickly learn to evaluate the board and find your best idea. Even better, often the initially attractive attack doesn't work out, so you need to be able to think it through.

One of the best books of exercises for actually learning to think rather than by rote.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Chess Tactics Book 6 Jan. 2014
This is a really helpful book. I've improved by working on the problems.
Lovely simple presentation.
The problems are not arranged into themes, but are presented 'raw', with more complex problems next to more simple ones. The idea is that readers will develop their real (playing) chess strength rather than merely their problem solving strength. As the author points out, real games do not come with "black to play and win using a fork" inserted at the board for help.
Possibly better for developing rather than beginner players.
I'm only of a weak / moderate club playing standard and this book is more than challenge enough for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best by far! 25 Dec. 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
By far, this chess book is from the greatest chess puzzles books made. It contains 600 chess tactics-strategy problems for all levels. The analysis of its problem is good, and when you go to solve one problem, the only you know is which side you play (no clues, no anything), but of course you can see the difficulty level or what tactic the problem is, if you want, on the right page.

Overall, the books is really really great! Somehow low price, good paper quallity!
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