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"Forcing Chess Tactics" (2008)

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  • "Forcing Chess Tactics" (2008)

    Hi there, I've heard different reviews of this book, for example:

    This is a book full of unusual and difficult tactics. I am not sure yet how practical it is for most players. I have only barely started looking at it.

    This is not one my favorite tactics books because it lists the solutions below the diagrams (except for the quizes), necessitating covering up the solution with your hand or a card.


    and i've also heard it's great. Any thoughts to share?
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    Haven't heard of the book, but I do know a very similar book called 'Forcing Chess Moves' published in the same year, which from memory won a Chess Book of the Year award.

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      That's it sorry: Forcing Chess Moves
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      • #4
        I own the book. It is absolutely fantastic. While many of the positions may be uncommon, it really gets you to look for the most "forcing" move. It made me come to the realization that some moves that look like genius, are simply the result of the player looking for the most forcing move. The difficult part is validating the first move with unbiased calculation.

        I got it at my library and as soon as I had to return it I went straight to Barnes and Noble to order it. This book really challenges your calculation skills and makes you think twice about your solutions. Even if you go through the whole book, I would imagine you could go through it again and again forever. I think this book has really helped my play. It has opened my eyes to a whole new game of chess, honestly. It seems like a cliche thing to say, but I really do look at positions completely differently now.

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        • #5
          Agree with KnightShift. An absolutely fantastic book, which I have already recommended several times on this Forum.

          In my view it should be part of the tactical study plan of any player over 1600.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Meister View Post
            Agree with KnightShift. An absolutely fantastic book, which I have already recommended several times on this Forum.

            In my view it should be part of the tactical study plan of any player over 1600.
            I have not read this book. Do you think this book is usefull for a GM for tactical training? I will suggest this to a GM if it's usefull.
            " Deep calculation is not what distinguishes the champions. It does not matter how far ahead you see if you don't understand what you are looking at. When I contemplate my move, I first must consider all the elements in the position so that i can develop a strategy and develop intermediate objectives"

            -- Garry Kasparov--

            "Tactics must be guided by strategy"

            --- Garry Kasparov--

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ryan_c View Post
              I have not read this book. Do you think this book is usefull for a GM for tactical training? I will suggest this to a GM if it's usefull.
              Haha, I have NO IDEA. These problems might be super easy for a GM. Then again, there might be a couple stumpers. I'd assume if he/she made it to GM, then he/she probably doesn't need a whole lot of calculation training. If there were a tactic book for GMs though, I suppose this might be it. I'm not aware of any that are more difficult.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ryan_c View Post
                I have not read this book. Do you think this book is usefull for a GM for tactical training? I will suggest this to a GM if it's usefull.
                Yes, tell the GM to buy the book as soon as possible .

                If he needs more suggestions, suggest the Dvoretsky books, Perfect your Chess and Excelling at Chess Calculation.

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