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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Wheatmark (15 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587368013
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587368011
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By gjb on 25 Nov. 2008
Format: Paperback
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Doc Man on 21 Nov. 2011
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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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By DGH on 6 Jan. 2014
Format: Paperback
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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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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