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  • By Shawn Badger
    Apr 14, 2016
    This book is fantastic! Most of the content is available online for free at, but after reading a few sections, I ordered both books because I liked it so much. Ward is a brilliant teacher, and I don't think you could do better than this for learning tactics in chess. Unlike many tactics books, each puzzle is accompanied by detailed explanations, helping mold your thought processes to make you a tactical genius.
  • 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.
  • By rpavich
    Aug 29, 2009
    "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!
  • By ebaymisaki03
    Jul 19, 2009
    "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.
  • By Kevin Houston
    Nov 12, 2007
    "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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Ward Farnsworth
November 19, 2011
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
2.03 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
8.5 wide x 11 tall
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