Item description for How to Become a Deadly Chess Tactician by David Lemoir & Ken Lemoir...
Some chess-players always seem to have a trick up their sleeve. They spot unlikely-looking tactical tricks, launch cunning attacks from seemingly quiet positions and are unrelenting when the enemy king is in their sights. Even when things go wrong, they create practical chances and repeatedly finesse their way out of trouble. LeMoir shows that the key factors in becoming a deadly tactician are motivation, imagination, and calculation. Motivation is having the willingness to sacrifice and consider tactical ideas during play. Imagination is being aware of tactical concepts that lead to ideas which other players might miss. Calculation is being able to analyse and calculate effectively. This user-friendly and humorous book contains many outstanding examples of seized opportunities, together with guidance on how to spot surprising tactics and handle positions of material imbalance. Thoughout, there are exercises for readers to tackle.
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More About David Lemoir & Ken Lemoir
LeMoir is an experienced chess player and writer. He is in a successful career as a business strategy consultant.
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Useful instruction on finding and playing combinations Jun 14, 2006
This book talks intelligently about the ways a player can improve combinational ability, in many different types of position. My home library contains 350-400 books, most of which I have read, and yet few of those books have so many original examples as this one. LeMoir has done a great deal of research from sources both old and new. Gambit is a dedicated chess publisher (the owners are all strong chessplayers and they only publish books on chess), and the company has published several books on tactics. However this one contains the best advice on how to swindle an opponent!
A feast of examples will inspire your game Aug 27, 2005
This book is, quite simply, one of the best-value I have ever seen: a tactics book you will delight in reading for the next six months. LeMoir has selected hundreds of positions, from all eras in chess history, showing amazing combinations, sacrifices and tactical themes. Anyone who reads this material will be better placed to bewilder and defeat their opponents. As well as the impressive depth and breadth of the examples used, there is plenty of explanation in the form of words. With two or three diagrams on nearly every page, and the crisp production quality invariably associated with publisher Gambit, what one is there to ask? The book finishes with 35 pages of tests and solutions. This is a stimulating and meaty read - don't miss it.
A desert-island tactics book - hundreds of positions Aug 21, 2005
In one of my other reviews I got my LeMoir books mixed up. I meant to refer to ESSENTIAL CHESS SACRIFICES, his awesome collection of modern sacrificial themes which I would urge any attacking player to read. But his earlier work HOW TO BECOME A DEADLY CHESS TACTICIAN is also a book I enjoyed and benefited from. So many positions from the master games were not familiar to me (and I own a lot of books), and his practical advice on finding combinations (or cunning swindles) is superb. This is so much material crammed into these LeMoir books - months of reading material rather than weeks or days. A LeMoir trait is to give several similar examples of the same sacrificial or tactical concept, but in slightly varied settings, which is so helpful. Don't let some other ignorant reviewers put you off - this is a book of real quality, which will give you a competitive edge in games. The five stars are fully deserved.
Way Too Difficult May 6, 2005
I didn't like this book, but that's because I didn't understand it. This book is written on a VERY high level (1800+ USCF). It's been sitting on my shelf for six months and i still can't understand a word. Don't buy this book unless you're an expert at the game.
An inspiring and stimulating work Feb 21, 2005
I loved this book. For several months I have been studying it, and have found it to be an inspiring and stimulating guide that has improved my tactics. I have seen several reviews in chess magazines that have all indicated it will help you become become a more dangerous opponent, and that is certainly my experience. HOW TO BECOME A DEADLY CHESS TACTICIAN is crammed full of well-chosen tactical positions. The commentary is engaging (this is LeMoir's second book for Gambit, after HOW TO BE LUCKY IN CHESS), and the material is well-classified. Presentation is excellent, and most pages have two or three diagrams. The publisher has a good record of discovering authors who really understand how to communicate with the ordinary club player. $19.95 for all the above represents good value for money - highly recommended.