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4.0 out of 5 stars Puzzling, 4 Jan. 2014
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This review is from: Chess Training Pocket Book: 300 Most Important Positions (Comprehensive Chess Course Series) (Paperback)
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic tactics study book and more ..., 27 April 2011
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This review is from: Chess Training Pocket Book: 300 Most Important Positions (Comprehensive Chess Course Series) (Paperback)
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Serious chess player, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 24 Sept. 2014
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Great but heavy going if you area beginner
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chess Training Pocket Book., 20 July 2013
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Excellent training book, the best I have seen,with positions that have originated in real top ranking games from the last 100 years!
Not like some 'contrived' problem position books. - Nick Davison.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 10 Feb. 2015
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Basically a problem solving manual.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chess Training Pocket Book, 3 Nov. 2013
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I use this book to teach children about tactics, it gets them to think ahead, not just one or two moves.
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