Chess: 5334 Problems, Combinations and Games

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The most complete collection of chess problems ever published, including 5,334 instructional situations, presented by the world's leading chess teacher

Chess analyzes more than 5,000 unique instructional situations, many taken from real matches, including 306 problems for checkmate in one move, 3,412 mates in two moves, 744 mates in three moves, 600 miniature games, 144 simple endgames, and 128 tournament game combinations. Chapters are organized by problem type. Each problem, ...

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Overview

The most complete collection of chess problems ever published, including 5,334 instructional situations, presented by the world's leading chess teacher

Chess analyzes more than 5,000 unique instructional situations, many taken from real matches, including 306 problems for checkmate in one move, 3,412 mates in two moves, 744 mates in three moves, 600 miniature games, 144 simple endgames, and 128 tournament game combinations. Chapters are organized by problem type. Each problem, combination, and game is keyed to an easy-to-follow solution at the back of the book, so readers can learn as they go. More than 6,000 illustrations make it easy to see the possibilities any position may hold. The book also includes the basic rules of the game and an international bibliography.

Chess is the ultimate book on winning the game.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579125547
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/13/2013
  • Pages: 1104
  • Sales rank: 298,690
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 2.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Pandolfini is perhaps the most experienced chess teacher in North America. He is the author of eighteen instructional chess books, and was portrayed by Ben Kingsley in the film Searching for Bobby Fischer.

László Polgár is a Hungarian chess teacher whose writing and strategies are respected and known worldwide. He holds the title of master coach and coached his daughters, Susan, Judit, and Sophia, to several world championships and 11 Olympic gold medals. They host the annual EU Polgár Chess Festival in Budapest.

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  • Posted December 27, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    Most Comprehensive Chess Problem Book

    Wowie! This is a packed book (large enough to that it could be used as a weapon itself!!! - Thump!). It is a deal of a book and has far more problems than any other chess book on the market. Not much expanations though (consider getting "Winning Chess Traps" or "Winning Chess Tactics" if you want books with explanation of the tactics) and sometimes you feel some of the problems were included just to take up more space. But overall, a good buy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2006

    The Problem Monster of all puzzle books

    Step into the world of 'Moster Chess' a massive book of so many problems it would likely take the average chess player years to go through. I found analysis to be very accurate, but just so much!!! Let me tell you my 'beef'. First of all there is so much filler (junk problmes) taking patterns/positions that will have little or no use in your practical every day play (a total waste). A book for teaching chess tactics has good to focus on WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT PATTERNS YOU ARE LIKELY TO COME ACROSS IN ACTUAL GAMES. Providing a massive number of problems without pointing out WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT TO FOCUS ON does an injustice to a player who wants to improve their play. If you are a beginning player or intermediate player this book should be skipped and you should find a practial tactics book.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2009

    Huge Book

    Great huge book containing lots and lots of puzzles. Pretty easy to read. Can't beat this deal for the money. Well worth the purchase.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2008

    This book will keep you busy for a long time

    This is the largest collection of tactics and combinations you will find in any one book. It is certainly a bargin based on the massive material it contains. There are a few mistakes in the solutions, but when you look at the numbers and compare it to books like '1001 Winning Combinations' by Reinfeld (that contains many mistakes in the solutions) this doesn't mean much. If you want a whole lot of problems in one text you cannot go wrong with this one.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2006

    MASSIVE - Lots of Tactics!

    You get more tactical problems than you could possibly immagine in the MASSIVE book (the book is so big!). If fact because there are so many problems about my only complaint is that some of the problems are not that great, while others are fantastic - no way of knowing that until you get to them.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2005

    For Home Use Only

    A massive volume of puzzles. The basis premise is correct - chess puzzle solving can improve your tactics. More recently I also enjoyed 365 Ways to Checkmate by Joe Gallagher.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2005

    Lots of example problems - bulky bigtime

    This is a mamoth book. It has a lot problems but don't plan on taking this book around as it is massive! This is good in many ways. But it has so many problems it doesn't focus on the most important ones to learn like some of the other books I have seen. It has some 'junk' problems to work on. Some problems were obviously picked as space filler.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2004

    Perfecto para ajedrecistas intermedios y avanzados

    Muy buen libro para jugadores de nivel intermedio y avanzado. Soy un ajedrecista Chileno y debido a lo claro de los esquemas y a la relación posicional que existe entre un esquema y el que le sigue (ideal para desarrollar aptitudes de reconocimiento de patrones) el libro me ha resultado muy util para mejorar mi visión general del tablero, para el uso de las piezas combinadas en ataque o defensa. Muy Bueno!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2004

    wonderful book for chess lover

    I bought the paperback version a couple of years ago. Simply loved working the chess puzzles, a great way to improve your game. Thinking of buying the hardback copy as I have worn out the old copy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2003

    Essential Book!

    This book is absolutely essiential for players in the U.S.C.F. rating class C. If you're weaker than class C then you need to study a lot of problem books and classic manuals on chess before you try to tackle this one. If you're stronger you should be studying more advanced chess books, although this one is a good refresher for stronger players. This book is full of tactics, which, along with the endgame, are thee two areas you should be studying 24/7/52. (I'm assuming you want to become a really strong player as in U.S.C.F. Master or above![2200+]. If you're going to play chess you might as well aim high!)This is a large book with a lot of material. One could easily spend all one's study time on this book, alone. That's a mistake. You should be studying other chess books along with this one, notably Basic Chess Endings, How To Beat Your Dad At Chess (this one gives you a lot of essential mating patterns)and a book of someone's best games. I reccomnd Tal's Best Games. You can get all this good stuff on Barnes and Noble.com. You have to look at Chess by Polgar as a book that's going to be an ongoing project for several years. But all the time you spend on it is quality chess study time. Buy and study this one! One of the best chess books available!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2001

    Polgar's Legacy!

    This book was initially used by GM Polgar to teach his three daughters how to play and to play extremely well. This is a book that gets 'inside' chess and explains both basic essentials, some intermeidate essentials, and a few advanced essentials. If you study this book diligently (every day; consistancy and repition are critical in chess learning) you'll experience a big jump in your skill level. For U.S.C.F players this one should be studied by Class B down but Class A and Expert players might benefit, too. It's an excellent refresher course if you've been away from chess for awhile. Highy reccomended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2000

    Excellent for pattern recognition

    This easy-to-use, pragmatic book is great for Class C players looking to move up. (Higher rated players may enjoy it too, but it seems to be aimed at Class C). It allows you to develop an eye for playing 'forcing' or 'zugzwang' moves and developing mating nets, often missed in amateur level tournament play because so many players spend too much time memorizing openings without studying tactics. The 'Mate in 1' section is really for beginners, but the mate in 2, mate in 3 and 'combination' sections are great because they force you to see the whole board and use pieces in combination - which is what chess is all about.

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