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Excelling at Combinational Play: Learn to Identify and Exploit Tactical Chances [Paperback]

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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2004
Publisher   Everyman Chess
ISBN  1857443454  
EAN  9781857443455  

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Being able to solve puzzles and combinations is one of the principal components of a successful chess player. But how can one improve on such an important skill? How can one acquire combinational vision? The answer lies within the pages of this book Experienced chess writer Jacob Aagaard explains how tactical intuition and ability develops and uses pattern recognition to improve the reader's tactical ammunition. It's also no secret that the continued practice of puzzles and combinations helps to sharpen the chess brain, and here there is a wealth of exercises and problems to solve accompanied by the full solutions and explanations. This book is a must for the serious competitive player.
*Improves tactical vision
*Ideal for club and tournament players
*Written by a battle-hardened expert

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Excelant and unambigious   Mar 31, 2008
Many puzzle books struggle with accuracy issues, either in that there are many possible solutions, or that the posted solution actually has a refutation. This book on the other hand has been throughly error checked, and is of a higher quality then most of the puzzle books that I have used.

If you happen to be an e4 player, you will meet the Sicilian about half the time, and if the Sicilian is your response to e4 you will be playing it about half the time with the black pieces. In this case roughly 50% of your games will be played in this opening, so it is natural to study tactics that occur in these lines.

The only warning that I will add is that these problems are difficult. If you are looking for a puzzle book that you can move through quickly this is not it. I am rated approximately 1800 FIDE, and many of these problems took me 30 minutes or more to solve.
A useful book  Dec 10, 2004
In addition to the other reviews, it is also important to note that the positions come from actual games (though you probably guessed that since they are all from the Sicilian) and that they are from recent praxis. This may seem a small point, but taking only from recent ECO lines increases the possibility of seeing similar tactics in your own games. There is less chance of the tactic coming from a busted or unfashionable line.

It also seems unfair to trash Aagaard's work simply because it is "another puzzle book." One doesn't throw away a Stephen King novel because it is just another horror story. Rather you should judge the work on its merit within the genre. It is a well researched and useful tactics book and will increase your tactical ability. Feel free to grab other works like Reinfield and Polgar's puzzle books, but don't overlook this collection, especially if you like to play the Sicilian.
Sicilian Combinations  Jul 26, 2004
While it is true this book is essentially a book of 500 combinations there are a couple interesting aspects to it that previous reviewers have overlooked.
1) All combinations come from "Sicilian" openings and list ECO in the answers...while for the beginning player this might not matter, it is worthwhile to study patterns and ideas from openings that you play.
2) The problems have been checked to insure there are no ambiguous alternate answers....which is a common problem in chess tactic books...nothing worse than banging your head against a problem where your idea is equally legitimate or better. Lishvits's Test your chess comes to mind....
Aagaard has an enjoyable writing style, and aims to an audience somewhere between Silman and his excellent primers on strategy, and Dvoretsky and his world class books.
Another puzzle book  Jul 26, 2004
The previous reviewer is correct; the book is merely a collection of combinations problems taken from master play. A plethora of such books already exist, and there is nothing in Aagaard's book to distinguish it from the competition.

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