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Forcing Chess Moves: The Key to Better Calculation [Paperback]

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Why is it that the human brain so often refuses to consider winning chess tactics? Every chess fan marvels at the wonderful combinations with which famous masters win games. How do they find those fantastic moves? Do they have a special vision? And why do computers outwit us tactically?
This rich book on chess tactics proposes a revolutionary method for finding winning moves. Charles Hertan has made an astonishing discovery: the failure to consider key moves is often due to human bias. Your brain tends to disregard many winning moves because they are counter-intuitive or look unnatural.
We can no longer deny it, computers outdo us humans when it comes to tactical vision and brute force calculation. So why not learn from them? Charles Hertans radically different approach is: use COMPUTER EYES and always look for the most forcing move first!
By studying forcing sequences according to Hertans method you will: develop analytical precision improve your tactical vision overcome human bias and staleness enjoy the calculation of difficult positions
Charles Hertan is a FIDE master from Massachusetts with several decades of experience as a chess coach. Instead of rehashing the usual classic examples he has unearthed hundreds of instructive combinations which appear here for the first time in print.
Win more games by recognizing moves that matter!
With a foreword by three-time US chess champion Joel Benjamin, a member of the Deep Blue Computer team that defeated world champion Garry Kasparov in 1997.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: New In Chess
Pages   381
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 6.75" Height: 9.5"
Weight:   1.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 7, 2008
Publisher   New in Chess
ISBN  9056912437  
ISBN13  9789056912437  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Charles Hertanis a FIDE master from Massachusetts who has been teaching kids chess for more than thirty years. He has written a chess book for advanced players called Forcing Chess Moves: the Key to Better Calculation which was shortlisted for the Guardian Chess Book of the Year Award and won the ChessCafe Book of the Year Award.

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Not just another Tactics book  Jul 16, 2008
I've got plenty of tactics books, even tactical programs like ct-art (which is awesome btw). But there is something magical about this book! The tactics are so rich and vibrant and truely do change the way you look at positions. You'll find after going through about 50 of these puzzles (out of 650 I think) that you are yourself looking at the board differently. Also this book is thick for a modern day chess book less than 20 bucks, I was shocked to get this book in my hands and discover how the publishing company didnt "cheap out" on the size or text like they were going out of business... Buy this book, you wont regret it...
This book humbled me.  Jul 15, 2008
I used to think I was pretty good at tactics and calculating variations..until I got this book. I've come to see that I have a biased "play it safe" mode that keeps me from seeing the dynamic potential in alot of positions. And I am terrible at calculating with precision. As the author says, close enough is not good must strive for precision. This book is helping me in each of those areas. The examples are HARD. Usually when you get a book on tactics the first few chapters are a breeze. Not so here. These are advanced, difficult problems, that have FORCED me to go where I haven't gone before: 1) looking for and analyzing moves I wouldn't even have considered before 2) calculating with precision. It's like having a personal chess coach in alot of ways. I also like that there are typically a number of examples of one theme (ie. corridor mate..back rank..etc) grouped together to help you in pattern matching for your own games.

Overall a terrific book! Whenever you find a book that helps identify and remedy a serious area of chess weakness it is well worth the money!
A Tactics Calculation Workbook  Jul 13, 2008
This is an interim review as I'm less than half way through the book but really loving it. The aim of the book is to overcome human bias in ruling out outrageous 'computer' moves that might lead to an instant win or gain of material. I suppose I am as guilty as the next person of playing automatic recaptures and rejecting sacrificial continuations that appear to peter out. However in my case, the main reason is that I am a lazy analyser.
The reason I like this book so much is the clarity and helpfulness of the analysis. Each of the over 600 positions in the book is shown with a white or black square next to it indicating who is to move. Hertan then gives the main line of the solution. He also explains why plausible options don't work and gives all the reasonable alternative lines. And he does this all in a very concise way.
The way I am using the book is as to improve my analysis skills. I study each diagram with the solution that follows it covered up. Then I compare my analysis with Hertan's to see what important lines I missed, or where I gave up on a line too soon.
This is definitely not a beginner's book on tactics. It assumes you know basic tactics likes pins, forks and back rank mate combinations. As a puzzle book, the positions are more difficult than Reinfeld's 1001 books but not too much harder. The real differentiator for me is the quality of the explanations.
Groundbreaking take on tactics  Jun 25, 2008
I have a lot of books on tactics, but none of them explains how I need to look at positions to be able to find all those great moves. After reading Forcing Chess Moves, I finally feel like I can find combinations over the board and not just in a book!

There are tons of cool positions and a lot of useful quizzes throughout the book. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to improve their tactical ability.
Fantastic new book!  Jun 15, 2008
A very original approach to learning tactics. The positions are amazing! Great analysis and explanations, understandable to average players like me. Highly recommended. It changed the way I think about chess positions.

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