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Winning Chess Tactics

Winning Chess Tactics [Kindle Edition]

Yasser Seirawan
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"An excellent book to improve your tactical play."--""

"This book is the most thorough treatment of tactics that I have ever seen."
--Evan Kreider, "ChessPraxis"

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Learn sure-fire tactics and combinations from one of the worlds top chess players. Attack? Defend? Swap pieces? Tactics are the watchdogs of strategy that take advantage of short-term opportunities to trap or ambush your opponent and quite possiblychange the course of a game in a single move. Why play in a fog, only hoping that your opponent will blunder when International Grandmaster Yasser Seirawan can show you how to put the tactics of the worlds chess legends to work for you. Choose from the double attack, the pin, the skewer, deflection, the cor, x-rays, windmills and many more time-tested tactics.Using classic board situations arranged in chapters by tactical themes, Seirawan teaches you how to:

Plan your entire game from the very first move.Think ahead, step-by-step, anticipating every obstacle your opponent can throw your way
Position yourself for the smashing combination and endgame you've always dreamed of.

Board positions from actual games played by history's great chess tacticians are provided throughout. Review tests for each topic let you track your improvement. In no time you'll be playing better, with more confidence than you ever thought possible.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7820 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman Chess (14 Dec 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006MD58Z6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,845 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This improved my chess 1 Feb 2005
By KenM
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Like many other people, I was struggling to get my grade above 1400. I have only had this book about 4 weeks and already I am playing at around 1650. Simply the best, most instructive tactics book I have ever read. (and even a touch of humour thrown in). The book is so easy to read, that I couldn't put it down. Tests throughout the book help you to review your progress and keep you hungry for more!
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Excellent book. It has made such a difference to my play. The book is structured so that anyone can understand it. Each topic is made both easy and interesting with increasingly difficult examples during which the solution is explained step by step. Each topic then finishes with a set of problems to test your understanding before you move on to the next subject. Covers not just the usual forks, pins and skewers but so much more including some I had never heard of. Such as x-rays and windmills. This has to be the tactical book choice of anyone wishing to get above the 1500pt level.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great First Book on Tactics 17 Aug 1999
By A Customer
If you have never read any book on Tactics before,you should read this one.This book will surely help you improve if your USCF rating is below 1400.Read this complete book and you will see the change in your game.It doesn't take more than a week to read it.At the end it has some real good tests to see your level of tactical ability.Another book I seriously reccomend is Winning Chess Strategies.Read both the books to become a strong and complete amateur player.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars important part of a very good series 3 Jun 1999
By A Customer
Anyone who is serious about learning to play chess well should begin with Seirawan's Winning Chess series. I had heard good things about it, so I bought this series for my wife. I figured that it would all be too simple for me, but decided to skim through the books quickly anyway. I learned quit a bit from both the Tactics and Strategies books. Seirawan's system is very similar to the system that co-author Silman teaches in his more advanced How To Reassess Your Chess (which would be the perfect book to read after finishing the Seirawan series). I learned things from Strategies that I hadn't learned from Reassess; and Tactics goes into greater, very helpful detail about setting up and executing tactics and combinations. This is a great series, I recommend it strongly to any player rated under 1600.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Winning Tactics is a must read. 5 Dec 2006
"Chess is 99 percent tactics." - Richard Teichmann (1868-1925)

Seirawan's tactics book is aimed at absolute beginners to intermediates. If you are in this group and haven't read this book buy it now!

If you want to improve at chess then you need to improve your tactics. Winning chess Tactics takes you through the various tactics concepts. The core idea of each group are clearly explained, displayed and shown in action.

Seirwan assumes no prior knowledge and manages to explain the ideas very clearly. He includes many examples from his own games with his thoughts. The book also includes a section at the back with some of history's greatest tacticians, and a good collection of puzzles.

This book will help you understand basic tactics and help you combine the simple ideas into your own games for attack and defence.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will definatly improve an under 1400 elo player! 29 Jan 2000
By A Customer
After reading this books you will have a much better understanding of tactics and be able to spot and set-up tactics easily. I have improved 250 elo(300uscf) points since reading this book. Seirawan makes this book interesting throughout and is his best book to date. There are tests after each chapter which are very interesting and help concrete your understanding, This is the chess book to buy, recommended.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Introduction 23 Jun 2004
By Mr AI
I'm an occassional, friendly kind of player, so I can't tell you if this book improved my rating or any such. I suspect it is written for folks like me.
In enjoy chess, but I've found precious little that can help a ppor player like me improve. This book is great. It introduces many tactial pitfalls and helps you see the patterns that lead up to the problem. I've definitely been able to plan ahead more and see where I'm exposing myself to exploitation.
The book explains everything in simple language. There are example games, but they aren't the "He's avoiding the problem in <TEN MOVES>" style you see in chess columns and online. And most comforting of all, he makes you feel like you're really playing better chess as you learn stuff. Which is great.
So buy the five books in this series if you want to move from 'quick game with the kids' level to 'ah, now is see why my computer thrashes me every time' level (although it hasn't helped me actually beat my computer!).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good 16 Aug 1999
By A Customer
This book was well thought out and well written, but I think that 'Chess Tactics For The Tournament Player' by Alburt is better. The latter has an entire chapter devoted to actually calculating variations, something that Seirawan ignores. The chapter includes all the psychological things that can go wrong when calculating. Also there is more emphasis on destruction, destructive combinations and other things not covered in Seirawans book. All in all Seirawan did an excellent job with this book, but adding some text on actually calclating combos would help.
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5.0 out of 5 stars this is a fantastic book to own
a very good book easy to follow ,great advice well worth the price . the book itself is a great piece of package will fit in any bookcase.
Published 2 months ago by arron100
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but could be better presented.
This book is very well written and an excellent support to my revision of the game after sixty-five years. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Roger Taunton
5.0 out of 5 stars Really great
Feels an easy read, but the tests go to very tricky levels of difficulty. Fantastic book that no student should be without.
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5.0 out of 5 stars what a wonderful book
this is a wonderfully laid out book. I like this book and enjoyed reading it immensely. you don't need a chess set to read this book either so you can read it anywhere at any time. Read more
Published 11 months ago by richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Chess tactics revealed
Chess tactics explained with clarity and simplicity in a complicated game. This is the second book of a superb series on how to play chess and improve your game. Read more
Published 13 months ago by J vincent
5.0 out of 5 stars Chess_sweden
I thought John Nunn wrote the best chess books but I was wrong. Yasser Seirawan is the best. A very good read.
Published on 25 Jun 2012 by chess_sweden
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Feel
Book has just arrived. First impressions are that it's a nice book and I'm going to enjoy getting into it. Seems to have lots of useful content. Read more
Published on 15 Jun 2011 by David M
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good buy
This is really good for those who have just learnt the game but are not beginners (if that makes sense). I will probably buy some more from the same author/series at a later date.
Published on 23 April 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The book that made me take up chess seriously.
This book is written in an entertaining fashion without detracting from the ideas behind the tactics and combinations. Read more
Published on 27 Dec 2007 by Mr. I. Ramdewar
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read, but not all that.
This was the first book in my chess library, and at the time of buying it I was a somewhat inexperienced player. It is an interesting read, and Seirawan writes well. Read more
Published on 25 Aug 2004 by "spassy87"
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