Chess tactics explained in English: the website www.chesstactics.org in book form. This volume is the first in a two-part set. The two books together contain over a thousand examples organized in unprecedented detail. Every position is accompanied by a commentary describing a train of thought that leads to the solution; these books thus are the ideal learning tool for those who prefer explanations in words to long strings of notation.
This first volume provides an introduction to tactics and explains forks and discovered attacks. (Book II covers pins and skewers, removal of the guard, and mating patterns.) A hardcover version is also available.
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By Allan Mills
Oct 3, 2010
This book and the companion are the best books ever written about chess tactics by a wide margin. I've read books by better-known players and have found nothing that compares. The explanations are incredibly clear and the organization is perfect. I read them and reread them with pleasure.
"A well written book that can't help but make you a better player!" It is said that tactics are 99% of the game of Chess so it only makes sense to work on the part of your game that will improve your playing most overall. Having said that, I can recommend these two books (predator 1 and predator 2) without reservation. They are written in a clear concise manner that fully explains not only HOW you take advantage of tactical situations, but WHY you do also! I promise; if you use them, you can't help but improve rapidly! I've owned a lot of chess books, but these are far and away the ones that have helped me the most. If you have trouble formulating plans, seeing situations, and taking advantage of positions that pop up on your chess board...these books are for you! The quality of the typesetting and binding is good also so they will last a long time. Good Job!
"Wonderful books!!" After reading the Book I ,I can only recommend it to anyone who isn't yet familiar with chess tactics. Not so many algebraic chess notations but clear explanations and many examples to learn from.
"An excellent chess tactics tutorial" I am reading the web version of this book and find it very helpful. It gives very detailed systematic understandable explanations of chess tactics. In addition, when a tactic is not readily apparent, it also explains how to force the opponent into a position that allows you to execute it. I think this book is destined to become a chess classic. I highly recommend it.
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