Chess Puzzle Books
The book introduces 10 common tactical topics in chess and allows the reader to learn a lot of new ideas and practice them throughout exercises in increasing strength. The book is recommended for sub 1600 rating level and good also for coaches as teaching material for starting chess lovers.
There are 40 exercises, growing in difficulty, starting with the easy ones and finishing with the most complicated. The solutions for each chapter can be found at the very end of the book. After you have worked through the 10 topics, you will find yourself at the test section, where you can challenge your new-found knowledge.
ChessGamer - Tactics Awaken
Strike back with a discovered attack
“Ambush” is a workbook devoted to training discovered attacks. You will find pretty varied and elegant examples of this effective tactical tool, including the double check. The chapter “Loading the Cannon” is a nice addition to the material, showing the positions in which the discovered attack is being prepared. The topic “Windmill” is also an extra and a natural delicatessen of this workbook. Some of the tasks are quite challenging.
Tactics - Tricks of the Tribes - Ambush
Time to saddle your horse
Fork has 181 tasks where white or black wins with the help of double attack, and in most cases a combination of 2 or 3 moves. You often win in chess by threatening more than your opponent can protect, and it applies both to material and checkmate.
Tactics - Tricks of the Tribes - Fork
Show me some skill to finish the kill
To solve endgame studies is a challenging task, something for grandmasters and other very strong players. But this is a rewarding work to try yourself at, before checking the answers, which develops the players visual abilities. Luckily, some of the studies are presented not from the starting position, but after some moves in the “Studies” workbook, so the chances go up.
Tactics - Tricks of the Tribes - Studies
Sing when you catch the King
Mate in 1 Move has 182 varied tasks and can be beneficial for both beginners to learn the mating patterns and for a bit more experienced players to train the immediate recognition of these patterns.
Tactics - Tricks of the Tribes - Mate in 1 Move
The art of deflection
“Decoy" has 177 tasks dealing with the deflection motif. You can deflect a piece that is defending the king or you may deflect a piece to win material. The piece being deflected will become overloaded, with too many tasks to deal with. Other topics of the workbook are devoted to leading the opponent’s king or his important piece to a position they would prefer to avoid, and where they become vulnerable to another tactical blow.
Tactics - Tricks of the Tribes - Decoy
Tie your opponent up in knots
“Pin” includes 181 tasks that present this important tactical tool. There are loads of nice and instructive examples, the majority of them quite challenging, as practical chess is. You will get to learn and practice absolute and relative pins, as well as cross-pinning and unpinning motifs.
Tactics - Tricks of the Tribes - Pin
An attack on the King is the best thing
“Mate in 2 Moves” has many nice tasks were you will checkmate in 2 moves. There are 177 exercises sorted by topics and key role pieces. Great training for up and coming players as it is considered highly beneficial to practice tactics as much as possible. The faster you can get through it the better.
Tactics - Tricks of the Tribes - Mate in 2 Moves
Think the most, your opponent will be toast
Combinations in chess are about playing a series of surprising moves with a bigger goal in mind. There are infinite possibilities when it comes to combinations, but most typical ones are grouped into main categories in the workbook “Combinations”. You will get to learn and practice blocking, bank-rank mate, clearance, removing the defender and interference.
Tactics - Tricks of the Tribes - Combinations