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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2006 12:02 am 
I'm trying to decide on a good book on tactics, but I'm having trouble deciding which :(

I've currently narrowed it down to 2:

- Sharpen your Tactics! (Lein & Archangelsky); or
- Winning Chess Tactics (Seirawan).

I feel I understand what pins, forks, skewers, discovered attacks, double attacks are, but not in any great theoretical detail. I also endeavour to use them in my games. I have no real aptitude in using combinations, or seeing the potential existence of them in any given board situation

Although still provisional, my FICS rating is hovering around 950-1100, and I feel that tactical training and practice is what I need most at the moment. I also have a propensity to play KIA/KID/Pirc type positions which, as I understand it, tend to lead to rather sharp tactical games.

I already own two of Seirawan's books (Openings & Strategies). I've had them for some time, although I know I'm yet to get the most out of the Strategies text (not likely until my tactical expertise is improved, IMO). I find his style, although a tad condescending at times, is easy to follow, and so I'm sure I'd find his Tactics book beneficial - however, I'm drawn to Sharpen Your Tactics! by the idea that any improvement is likely to come from repetitive practice.

Could any of you make a recommendation out of these 2 books? I'm sure they're both good books, I'm just not sure which would be best for me at this time :shock:


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 Post subject: Re: Help!
PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2006 3:13 am 
Jimbo wrote:
I'm trying to decide on a good book on tactics, but I'm having trouble deciding which :(

I've currently narrowed it down to 2:

- Sharpen your Tactics! (Lein & Archangelsky); or
- Winning Chess Tactics (Seirawan).

I feel I understand what pins, forks, skewers, discovered attacks, double attacks are, but not in any great theoretical detail. I also endeavour to use them in my games. I have no real aptitude in using combinations, or seeing the potential existence of them in any given board situation

Although still provisional, my FICS rating is hovering around 950-1100, and I feel that tactical training and practice is what I need most at the moment. I also have a propensity to play KIA/KID/Pirc type positions which, as I understand it, tend to lead to rather sharp tactical games.

I already own two of Seirawan's books (Openings & Strategies). I've had them for some time, although I know I'm yet to get the most out of the Strategies text (not likely until my tactical expertise is improved, IMO). I find his style, although a tad condescending at times, is easy to follow, and so I'm sure I'd find his Tactics book beneficial - however, I'm drawn to Sharpen Your Tactics! by the idea that any improvement is likely to come from repetitive practice.

Could any of you make a recommendation out of these 2 books? I'm sure they're both good books, I'm just not sure which would be best for me at this time :shock:



If you want theory and explanation, go for Winning Chess Tactics. If you want training exercises, go for Sharpen Your Tactics.
The latter has no explanatory text, but is a great exercise book. You can even take it with you and solve the exercises right from the book without a chessboard.


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I guess my main concern is that SYT! may be a little too advanced at my level - I've been toying with the CT-ART 3.0 demo and with it's problems pitched at 1600+ elo, it's a bit overwhelming.

I think I'll get Seirawan's book and work from there, as it does appear to have a limited number of exercises. I'll probably get SYT! following that :)


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:) solved my dilemma - I found Seirawan's first edition on special, so I bought both books! :D

Thanks.


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Jimbo wrote:
I guess my main concern is that SYT! may be a little too advanced at my level


Certainly not. The book kicks off with very simple mate in one and mate in two problem and advances slowly.


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