It’s a known fact that has been stressed for long. Chess is 99% Tactics! And that is the theme of today’s Review: Tactics Time! 1001 Chess Tactics. TacticsTime! 1001 Chess Tactics from the Games of Everyday Chess Player is different from other regular tactics chess books, in that the positions are all taken from everyday amateur games.
What appealed to me about this book is that each and every position, are typical of problems that the majority of the chess players are likely to meet either while playing on online sites like chesscube.com or chess.com or even in the weekend local tournaments or clubs.
Who is this book Tactics Time! 1001 Chess Tactics aimed at?
For the post-beginner upto 1400 ELO rated player. So for those of you above 1800 ELO there are other good books like
One caveat though – this book is not for the rank beginners, since the problems are not arranged by any theme and the answers can be difficult and lengthy for them.
So if you are probably somewhere in the range of ELO 1000 – 1600, solving this book’s puzzles every day should help in your game play as they will simulate a real chess game.
This training method is best suited for the serious beginner and helps as a daily warm-up course. If you are using the Kindle version use it while commuting or waiting.
I know this sounds a bit difficult to understand as the usual perception is that the harder the problem the better the result. Trust me, it’s crucially important to master BASIC tactics.
It doesn’t matter if you can solve most of the 4-5 mover tactics if you are regularly missing on the smaller 1 and 2 movers. I hope this explains why people stagnate for years despite doing hard work studying tactics daily. You must burn in the basic patterns into your sub-conscious mind, so it doesn’t even require any thought.
In the well-optimized Kindle version, you get one problem per page with the answer seen on the next page. This helps to keep the answer hidden from prying eyes. If the answer is not possible just flip the page!
Pros of this book:
- Contains a huge number of chess positions (1001 to be precise)
- Diagrams are clear and easy to view
- Problems are not too hard just apt for post-beginners.
- Problems are taken from real games and are not composed.
- Each position has additional meta info like players names, ratings, date of the game etc
- Puzzles in this book are from many sources like blitz, correspondence, rated USCF games, weekend tournaments, scholastic tournaments, etc
- Solutions are easily understood.
- Affordable price.
- If you are a Kindle owner, you’ll love it as it is specifically for Kindle with problem and solutions on alternate page
- Random mix of tactical themes (pins, forks, skewers, double attacks etc)
Cons of this book:
- Has no grading of tactical themes.
- Not apt for higher levels as the positions may be easy for them.
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➡ This Kindle eBook from Amazon.com is available at a price of less than $5 U.S, the Kindle eBook is a steal.
However prices are subject to change.