Practical Chess Exercises: 600 Lessons from Tactics to Strategy Paperback – 15 May 2007
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"If you study this book, you will acquire the most important chess skill of all: the ability to think for yourself."
-- John Watson, International Master, Author of the award-winning "Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy, Chess Strategy in Action, and Mastering the Chess Openings"
"In creating Practical Chess Exercises, Ray Cheng has turned a labor of love into a treasury of instructive problems to help non-beginners improve their chess. The problems are of all types -- tactical and positional -- and all levels. Best of all, they are not labeled in any way other than who is to move, so for each position you have to find the relevant concerns and properly address them. The answers are not just a list of moves, but they also include instructive prose. This book answers the prayers of chess enthusiasts looking for 'unmarked ' problems to test their skills."
-- Dan Heisman, U.S. National Master, Author of the award-winning "Novice Nook" column at Chess Caf and books such as "A Parent 's Guide to Chess", "Looking for Trouble", and "Everyone 's 2nd Chess Book"
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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 ...
One of the best books of exercises for actually learning to think rather than by rote.
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.
Overall, the books is really really great! Somehow low price, good paper quallity!
Sadly I'm not convinced that slapping a game in progress in front of you with no indication of the objective is a useful learning aid. In some examples I figured the best move, only to find that the objective was to provide the next 3 moves or vice versa. Instead I began reading the headline to the answer to gauge the objective and from then onwards I began making more progress.
What this book needs is more narrative; i.e. in this example Black has been forced to defend for the last 5 turns... this would at least provide more of a prompt in the direction that the game was heading.
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