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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 6 June 2013
I like this book. It has been well planned to take maximum advantage of the Kindle format. I have played through it myself and learned from it. Many of the problems are easy but they are from real game situations and needed to be seen and sometimes weren't. I run a junior chess club and I have seen these sorts of mistakes ie missing simple opportunities for gaining advantage, numerous times. I am also a member of a league club and these same omissions crop up from time to time in mine and other members games. I think they wil be less frequent in mine now because I have learned to recognise the conditions for the tactical opportunities to occur. No doubt the book will get described as being too easy but I know alot of players who would benefit from reading it. Very good value for money.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 31 December 2012
It is an achievement to put together 1000 puzzles. The layout is good. However I feel that in order to get the target number of puzzles into the publication the writer has stretched the meaning of tactics. It would have been better if the number was reduced and those puzzles concerned with pawn pushes and hanging pieces were omitted. In addition it would have been an improvement if the puzzles could be split into easy medium and hard categories. The explanations could have been expanded in some cases but this is a minor quibble

The book is not going to make you a grade A player. Nevertheless it is an enjoyable read. If you are like me that buys a chess book with the intention of reading it to the end but never quite finishes it this is the book for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 3 May 2013
Despite studying various openings and fitting in plenty of games, I found I was making little progress. After asking around, several players recommended studying tactics instead and it has certainly done my game a lot of good. Tactics Time is a very easy to use book of chess problems that one can pick up or drop at one's convenience. Definitely recommend to any beginner/intermediate player seeking to improve their game.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 May 2013
A book for learning real game tactics. Someone with a basic knowledge of chess will be benefited from it. Lots of examples and you get newsletter in your email from latest competitions, so will help you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 July 2014
OK, some of the tactics are just too easy to be in the book, but overall I have found it very useful when coaching. It has a lot of problems, of the sort that you have to do really well if you want to be a decent club player. It is certainly not just for beginners or near beginners - even players in Minor sections in congresses will get a lot from this book.
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on 3 December 2014
I have been a fan of Tim's 'Tactics Time' newsletter for years now, and always enjoy receiving it and digesting the contents. I've only just bought a Kindle though, and it was a while before I realised 'Hey all of Tim's tactics can go on here'. Slow brain you see, my rating only hovers around 1450-1500. No exaggeration though, I did the first seventeen exercises and then wiped the floor with a 1675 on Chessbase. Might not be the book, but you never know. I give four stars because although it's billed as error free I found in mistake in tactic #17 (should read Ne3). Statistically this means there are probably quite a few other errors too. But it's amazing to have all these tactics in your pocket and try one when you have a spare thirty seconds. Also, can't believe that at the time of writing there are only 14 reviews!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 October 2014
Fantastic book. As a beginner, these are exactly the kind of situations that come up in my own games. I'm now becoming much better at spotting simple (and sometimes not so simple) tactics whilst playing games... I would recommend this book to any other beginner...
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on 27 February 2015
I have the Kindle version of this book and I find that it is ideal for use whilst on holiday or travelling. I'd recommend anybody to take a look and judge it for themselves.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 12 January 2014
Many positions, well illustrated and particularly suited to the Kindle. However, virtually all are extremely straightforward, and the 'everyday chess players' tend to be of ELO rating below 1600.
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on 21 March 2015
A good book for practicing chess tactics, simple and straight forward with a variety of chess positions.
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