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399 Super Easy Chess Tactics by [Carson, Anthea, Brennan, Tim]
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  • Language: English
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It is very simple and not really very challenging if you regularly play chess however it is useful to work through these puzzles because they retrain your eye and get you focused back onto the basics of the game - there are a couple of typos which can also provide a challenge :)
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Interesting puzzles - even my son who counts books as a low priority is enjoying working his way through this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book! Error with #29? 4 Jan. 2016
By Jon Gudmundson - Published on Amazon.com
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In the back of my mind it has bothered me that I am completely lame at chess. I have known how the pieces move since I was a kid, but I often fail to spot pieces that are in danger or have the potential to be in danger after just a move. I have a chess app on my phone that lets me set how strong the computer is, and currently I can manage to beat it when it's set to 700, which is squarely in the beginner range. It seemed to me that it would be helpful for me to drill myself with some puzzles, so I picked up Tactics Time (same authors), which has 1,001 puzzles in it. Sure enough, within the first two or three dozen puzzles, I found that I was unable to spot the best move on a few of them, so I got this 399 Super Easy version to serve as a warmup. These are much more my speed, and, although it's annoying when it takes me a while to spot the move, I do think it is helping me to better notice what is happening on the board. One question I have at this point is about puzzle number 29. The answer given (Qd5) says that on d5 the Queen is forking the rook on a8 (yes, it is), and the checkmate on f7 (no, it isn't, as far as I can tell). Looks to me as though the other piece attacked by the Queen on d5b in this fork is the Black Knight on g8. That Knight is under no real threat, though, b/c if it were captured by the White Queen, the Black Rook on g8 would slide over to capture the White Queen. The White Bishop on c4 could then take the Black Rook on g8, but losing a Knight and a Rook to gain a Queen is still a good exchange for Black. As for the Black Rook on a8 (the other piece attacked by the White Queen in this fork), it just has to slide over to b8 to safely avoid capture. What am I missing here? Anyway, a nice and helpful collection of puzzles, in my view.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great warm ups! 13 Aug. 2016
By K. Kris Loomis - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book for warning up, either before more difficult puzzles, or before an actual game. I also find it a great way to clear my mind in a productive way.

K. Kris Loomis is the author of How to Sneak More Yoga Into Your Life and the Modern Shorts for Busy People series.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for beginners and others 7 May 2013
By Michael A. Steen - Published on Amazon.com
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Brennan and Carson have done it again! Though this book is far far simpler than their "Tactics Time" (it is, after all, for beginners), it is nevertheless just as well thought out as the other book. The diagrams are crisp and display beautifully on both the K2 and the Kindle Fire, and when it it Black's turn to move, you see the board from Black's side. Would that ALL puzzle books would follow this format.

If you're a beginner, you should stop reading this review right now and download the book. If you're an intermediate player or above, you still may want to get it to sharpen your eye. It's fun to see how quickly you can spot the capture or mate, and it can't hurt your blitz game.

At $1.99, this is once again a super bargain. Please, authors, keep 'em coming!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good production, great value 28 Nov. 2012
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This is a quick first-impression review. USCF rated expert here, owner of many paper books and now one kindle book.

I bought this for my kids after looking at the previews of this and the Tactics Time book for mid-level players. I figured if the authors can do 1000 diagrams with explanations of original chess problems (the other book), they have their heart in the right place. Though the authors don't mention it in their description, this book has 300+ problems. The online preview here was good, but it really only sunk in once I opened it on my kindle. The diagrams were crisp and flawlessly formatted to my screen. One diagram, one direction ("white to move") and nothing else on the page - perfect simplicity. Touch the screen, and there is the answer, sometimes with a brief explanation. No spending lots of time going to the back of the book or the end of the chapter as I had to do when growing up, just one simple touch. Then another touch and on to the next position. Great value for $2.
5.0 out of 5 stars A GAME OF STRATEGY 5 April 2013
By Nano Daemon - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the most fun I've had in 20 years - the last time I played chess. It took me right back to my childhood when my dad taught me how to play chess. At 7 he would let me win, to boost my confidence. At 17 I used to let him win, to preserve his. It only now occurred to me that he may have let me believe I was letting him win.

Dad was a strategist and was well aware of the parallels between the game of life and a game of chess:
1. Plan ahead several moves at a time keeping your goal in mind.
2. Be at all times aware of the current position of each piece.
3. Anticipate your opponent's moves.

Dad taught me much about philosophy and mind expanding games. Chess is the one I value above all as it helped me develop vision for the future and how to strategize. I wish I had this book and current technology so I could have spared him the initial tedious hours he spent playing with me at the initial stages. I am having a ball refreshing my memory and I highly recommend this book for its simplicity without sacrificing effectiveness, and the obvious advantage of not having to rely on a partner to practice with.

This book is a steal at this price and the best and most useful present to yourself or a child. It could be marketed as a game for 10 times the price.
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