Chess Tactics (Batsford Chess Book) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2005/1
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This comprehensive book describes and analyses the intriguing array of tactics available to every chess player. With the help of progressively more difficult exercises and problems, Paul Littlewood shows the reader how to deploy a variety of tactics for attack and how to defend against each type of tactic successfully. Armed with this guide, players of all abilities, from the beginner to the experienced player, will find that they can significantly raise the level of their game.
Paul Littlewood was British champion in 1981 and is an International Master. He has represented his country on many occasions and is well-known for his tactical play. He lives in St Albans, Hertfordshire.
各 Tactics についてわかりやすい説明があり、その後実際のゲームの中でどのように使うか示されています。
その Tactics についての守り方もあり一石二鳥です。
各 Tactics の終わりには練習問題が１０個あります。
この本を読んで Tactics の知識を身につけ、問題集に進まれたら良いでしょう。
- Contents -
3. Double Attack
4. Discovered Attack
5. Back Rank Combinations
9. Removeal of Defence
11. Space Clearance
12. The Zwischenzug
13. Pawn Promotion
15. Miscellaneous Problems
This book has 14 tactical motifs and a 20-page final test. More than 300 total diagrams. Some problems, as promised, are quite easy (I'm about 1600 USCF) and a few are very hard.
Littlewood even goes so far as to include some tactics from his own games and those of members of his chess-playing family's.
The best I can say about the book is that it is not bad at all. Nor do I think it is all that great. In fact, I'd recommend other books on tactics rather than this one. For the rank beginner, "Chess Tactics for Champions" by Susan Polgar, followed by the mistitled "Chess Tactics for Kids" and "How to Beat Your Dad at Chess", both by Murray Chandler. Followed by "Learn Chess Tactics" by John Nunn and "The Art of Checkmate" by Georges Renaud. Then the duo by Fred Reinfeld -- "1001 Winning Sacrifices and Combinations"and "1001 Brilliant Ways to Checkmate."
That should get anyone to Class B and above (assuming one is studying all the others areas of chess -- endgame, middlegame, opening and annotated games -- and playing rated games as often as possible).
If I had no other books on tactics, I'd go through this one again. Given a take-back, I wouldn't. I'd just stick with the ones I've mentioned an move on from there.
Chess Tactics very concisely and completely introduces each type of tactic (14 total) and typically gives 5 conceptually different ways to implement each one and 5 conceptually different ways to escape each one. Each example is labeled whose turn it is, and it is easy to cover up the explanations and try to solve the examples before reading the explanations. The 8 or so exercises that follow each tactic range from easy to hard, and some contain hints, and some lead you though the variations of a tough one bullet question at a time. It is easy to cover up all the hints and vary the difficulty level. All explanations have just the right amount of detail. The 15th chapter is Misc Problems, which I'm sure are mixed. It is the biggest chapter, though still a small portion of the book.
There are 307 diagrams total, about half of which are examples and half are exercises. Typically one or two exercises per tactic will stump me so I have to look at the answer. All the exercises are educational for me, even the easier ones. The examples chosen are truly beautiful. One of the examples is right out of The Art of the Checkmate, but repetition is good for reinforcement.
This book is very tempting to do in one sitting, though I have other responsibilities. I'm sure I'll read it twice, and hopefully score perfectly the second time.
While chess is about tactics, tactics are about memorized patterns. Do not fool yourself. You are not a computer and you do not actually calculate all 20 possible moves and 400 possible replies and then 8000 and 160000 by the end of the second whole move. Grandmasters are able to defeat masters in simultaneous games because they have patterns memorized, not because they can calculate faster. That is why I'm learning the patterns the easy way. Do calculation exercises too, but don't calculate as your only way to learn no patterns. Look the answers up.
I first read this book in 1995/96 in the library and finished reading it in one sitting! When I read it, I thought "I know everything in this book" because all the tactics were easy for me to solve. However, when I went to the chess club the next day, I was crushing people in blitz who used to give me a much more difficult game. Something in all that easy explanations and easy tactics, just made it so that when I looked at a chess board, the tactics stood out clearer. My rating is around 2000 USCF these days, but this book was my first book of tactics I read (and got me into studying tactics). I recently purchased this book 4/22/11 because I wanted to own the book that did so much for my chess when I was younger. I have just finished reading it again, and I found it to be as much a pleasure the second time as it was the first.