Chess Tactics from Scratch: Understanding Chess Tactics (英語) ハードカバー – 2012/2/1
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Chess is 99 per cent tactics is an old saying. This may be an exaggeration, but even the remaining 1 per cent still depends on tactics. When Martin Weteschnik started working as a trainer in his local chess club, he quickly realized that even the stronger club players had great weaknesses in their tactical play. He also discovered that simply asking them to solve a huge number of puzzles did not fix the problem. These players clearly needed a good book, but when Weteschnik looked for it he found nothing suitable, so he decided to write it himself.
The first edition of this book, Understanding Chess Tactics, was hailed as a modern classic. But Weteschnik was not completely satisfied with the book and decided to restructure and rewrite it completely. This expanded and improved second edition offers more puzzles to test the tactical chess skill that the reader will develop.
"This is a real gem, a masterpiece to be savored. Every page and every word reflects the passion and immense love of the author for the subject matter."Martin Eden, Soloscacchi商品の説明をすべて表示する
Martin Weteschnik wrote an earlier book, Understanding Chess Tactics. Though not a GM or "big name" Weteschnik wrote a wonderful book. He shows how one can help improve tactical play in a systematic manner. Many tactic books are collections of positions. Here Weteschnik shows how one can learn to "see" the patterns - by figuring out target squares and patterns. All of the basic ideas are here, the pin, the x-ray and the fork but also a new term, the re-loader.
The first edition is a 5 star book - this version clarifies some of the diagrams and provides little things like whose move it is; there are two new chapters and 300 new positions. As others have noted, this book was originally written the author's native language, German so at times it reads a bit stiff - maybe a more skillful translator would have done a better job - less literal and more in line with the spirit of the work.
The publisher Quality Chess Books live up to their names - excellent production value. Clear text, nice paper - the one negative is the translation.
2nd edition has lots of minor improvements over the first including telling you who is to move next to the diagrams (apparently missing in the first). Two new chapters plus 300 new positions. It's all good.
The focus is on the how and why of tactics. The author believes that if you can break down pins, double attacks, mate attacks, etc.. into their basic elements, you will learn to see tactics in your own over-the-board play.
It's translated from the German so it's not as conversational as it could be.
There are lots of tactics books out there, but mostly they focus on quantity -- 100s or even 1000s of positions -- rather than quality. That being said, it's a little 'scholarly', but it works for me.
Definitely for adults. "How to beat your dad at chess" and the Jeff Coakley books (to name a few) are way more appropriate for kids.