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Winning Chess Tactics
     

Winning Chess Tactics

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by Yasser Seirawan, Jeremy Silman
 

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Readers will learn sure-fire tactics and combinations from one of the world's top chess players.

Attack? Defend? Swap pieces? Tactics are the watchdogs of strategy that take advantage of short-term opportunities to trap or ambush opponents and quite possibly change the course of a game in a single move. Why should players only hope that opponents will blunder when

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Readers will learn sure-fire tactics and combinations from one of the world's top chess players.

Attack? Defend? Swap pieces? Tactics are the watchdogs of strategy that take advantage of short-term opportunities to trap or ambush opponents and quite possibly change the course of a game in a single move. Why should players only hope that opponents will blunder when International Grandmaster Yasser Seirawan can show them how to put the tactics of the world's chess legends to work. Choose from the double attack, the pin, the skewer, deflection, the décor, x-rays, windmills, and many more time-tested tactics.

Using classic board situations arranged in chapters by tactical themes, Seirawan teaches readers how to:
>Plan the entire game from the very first move
>Think ahead, step-by-step, anticipating every obstacle opponents can throw their way
>Position themselves for the smashing combination and endgame they have always dreamed of

Board positions from actual games played by history's great chess tacticians are provided throughout. Review tests for each topic let them track their improvement. In no time they will be playing better, with more confidence than they ever thought possible.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"An excellent book to improve your tactical play."--Chesscorner.com

"Seirawan does a remarkable job of discussing tactics that usually appear only in books for advanced players and communicating them to anyone with a grasp of playing fundamentals."
--Alude.com

"This book is the most thorough treatment of tactics that I have ever seen."
--Evan Kreider, ChessPraxis

Booknews
Not computer games--though designers could learn from Seirawan. This is the first non-computer book we've seen from Microsoft (is Gates a chess nerd?). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Cincinnati Chess Federation

"Seirawan unlocks a treasure chest of time-tested strategies...colorful commentary and personal anecdotes enliven the author's coverage of landmark chess matches and his experience on the international chess circuit."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781857443868
Publisher:
Everyman Chess
Publication date:
05/01/2005
Series:
Winning Chess - Everyman Chess Series
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
255,214
Product dimensions:
7.25(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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Meet the Author

Yasser Seirawan is one of the top-ranked chess players in the U.S. and was the first American candidate for the World Championship title since Bobby Fischer. He is a four-time U.S Champion, the 1989 Western Hemisphere Champion, and a ten-time member of the U.S. chess Olympiad team. His achievements distinguish him as one of only a handful of players to have defeated world champions Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov in tournament play.

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Winning Chess Tactics 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
euclidTJJT More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was worth reading. It taught me very useful tactics. The tactics are intresting and deadly. All chess players from the beginners to the experts will enjoy this book. It's got illustrations of chess situations that will make you think about what you'll do next. Yasser Seirawan has made a really informative and intresting book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book on fundamental tactical themes which play a critical part in almost every game played at all levels. I personally feel that advanced beginners and mid range players (players rated 800 to 1500 - a somewhat wide range) should have a heavy study focusing on tactical problems and with a heavy dose of chess opening traps (I like to see tactics directly applied to common situations - and a great place to start is early in the game). Though, opening chess traps is not the focus of this book, it does present a generally rounded number of tactical themes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a well organized and understandable book on general tactical patterns found in practical play. Because at the amateur level games are usually won or lost due to a tactical idea that is recognized or not seen, the study of tactics is critical. 'Winning Chess Tactics' is recommended for someone who is comfortably beyond being a beginner. I also like books on opening traps to help improve tactics as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As part of this author excellent 'Winning Chess Series' the author does a good job of covering the important basic tactics you will find in your typical play. This is not a book for someone who is just learning the basic rules, but a book for someone who has read a solid beginner's book and wants to move on to the next stage of learning. There are a fair number of good books along with this one to take an advanced beginner to an intermediate skill level.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is perfect for one with experience in the game and wanting to key up on his game. After 6 years of chess, this game has significantly increased my game. I own 2 other books in the series, and I recommend those to all readers also. The author, International Grandmaster, Yasser Seirawan, gives good insight about everything and is beyond compare. A MUST BUY!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Winning Chess Tactics helped me with my chess game immensly, and I suggest it to any chess aficionado who wants to improve their game. Though it could be for beginners, I wouldn't recommend it, because some of the concepts require more skill than a rookie has, due to pure lack of experience. A definite addition to any chess book collection.