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Back to Basics: Tactics (ChessCafe Back to Basics Chess)

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This book is an introduction to the various kinds of basic chess tactics. With instructional material, examples, and problems of all types, the subject of chess tactics is covered comprehensively. There are approximately 500 examples ranging from easy to challenging! Tactics are usually why most people find chess fun! This book will greatly enhance your enjoyment learning ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 15th 2007 by Russell Enterprises Inc (first published June 30th 2007)
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Steven Steele
Sep 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An awesome, intermediate-level chess tactics book. The chapter on counting alone makes this book worth it. After finishing the counting chapter, I was amazed at how many counting errors I had been making in my games. All other tactics are covered thoroughly as well, and there's even a chapter on defensive tactics, which I've yet to see in any tactics book.
Felix Hernandez
Aug 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
Thjis is a good intro/refresher of tactical chess. Heisman's material on counting and piece safety is particularly good. Recommended for player below 1600.
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“White does not count correctly and plays 1.Qxf7+?? Black, of course, should take the queen with 1...Kxf7, but young beginners often automatically “move their king out of check” instead of looking at the other possibilities of capturing the checking piece or blocking the check. So they play 1...Kd8?? and just lose a pawn! And with the black queen on d8, they often “resign,” since they assume 1.Qxf7+?? is checkmate!” 0 likes
“in tactical situations, both in a real game and when solving a problem, look at both side’s checks, captures, and threats, usually in that order!” 0 likes
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