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The Ultimate Chess Puzzle Book [Paperback]

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It is generally agreed that one of the best ways for a chess player to improve is by studying tactics - and the best way to do that is by practicing. This book provides a wealth of puzzle positions to test just about every facet of your tactical skills. The puzzles in this book have been selected by analyzing games new and old in search of original puzzle positions (rather than simply trawling through previous puzzle books, as is all too often the case). It is therefore very unlikely that even seasoned solvers will recognize many of these positions. Emms, by allying his skills with those of powerful computers, has also made every effort to ensure that the solutions are sound, and that there are no unmentioned alternative solutions. The book begins with over 100 relatively easy positions suitable for novices, and ends with 100 extremely tough puzzles, which will provide a mind-bending challenge even for top-class players. The remainder of the book contains just about everything between these two extremes, including selections of puzzles based around particular tactical themes, and graded test, where no clues are given as to the type of ideas involved. Every now and then, there are positions where the correct solution is a positional move, rather than a tempting but unsound combination.

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Pages   239
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.75"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2000
Publisher   Gambit Publications
ISBN  190198334X  
ISBN13  9781901983340  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! John Emms is one of the UK's leading Grandmasters and has captained the English Team at two Chess Olympiads. He's a highly respected author of over 20 books as well as an experienced coach who has worked with many top players.
Glenn Flear is one of the most popular Grandmasters on the international tournament circuit. He is an experienced trainer and has coached some of the UK's leading junior players. He is resident in France.
Andrew Greet is a young International Master and one of the UK's most rapidly improving players. In 2005 he scored a perfect 11/11 in the British National League, the first time any player had achieved this remarkable feat.

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Reviews - What do customers think about The Ultimate Chess Puzzle Book?

It got it all  Apr 14, 2008
Simply the best.
A fountain of joy and learning.
Niels Jørgen Larsen
Truly ultimate puzzle book!  Jun 26, 2007
Probably the best chess puzzle book I know.
It has lots of puzzles, for all levels - from amateur to GM.
Also includes self-tests, solutions, and also games reference - which is great. Its always good to solve quickly a move that some GM missed in a game...
Another good thing I found missing in other such books, is the fact that only small part of the book is a mating problems.
Finally - almost all the problems here are brand new from the last years games.
bottom line - highly recommended for everyone.
A must have for chess lovers who want to master the game  Feb 12, 2007
The book provides clear instructions and you will be able to easily answer the puzzles as the initial sections of each chapter provides useful hints on how to solve them. At the later part of the chapters, there are no hints so you will be able to solve some of them on your own.

It covers all types of puzzles - from easy to very difficult so chess players of all levels can make use of this book. There are also some tests that will allow you to gauge your level in solving puzzles - just don't take the rating so seriously especially if you have already solved some of the test puzzles in the past.

I should have given 5 stars for this book but I just have a slight difference in opinion in puzzle #195. The solution in the book says 1. Bd5!! leading to mate but actually it only gains material and a comfortable endgame after 1... Qxb2 2. Bxg8 Qg7.

White should have won decisively after 1. Rxf5!! Qxb2 (1... gxf5?? 2. Qf6++; 1... Rd7 2. Rf7! Rxf7 3. Nxf7+ Bxf7 4. Qf8+ Bg8 5. Qf6++) 2. Nf7+ Bxf7 3. Rxf7 Qa1+ 4. Kf2 Qd4+ 5. Kf1 Qa1+ 6. Ke2 Re8+ (6... Qe5+ 7. Be4!; 6... Nd4+ Kf2!) 7. Be4!

But overall, this book will help you improve your game. Happy reading! :)
REALLY! This is the ULTIMATE Chess Puzzle Book!  Dec 22, 2006
It is all in the selection of the puzzles and their organization. No doubt about it book that teach you tactics that are well written and organized is key to improving to tactical pattern recognition. There are two ways to go about it. Getting books on short games containing traps in the openings (learning tactics and the ideas behind the openings at the same time while using complete short games). Actually that is my favorite way to learn tactics.
The other very good way is to have a book provide tactical problems for you to solve. "The Ultimate Chess Puzzle Book" really has gathered over a thousand positions that contain the most important tactical ideas. They are arranged so that you progress logically. I found the organization and selection of the problems in this book by "Emms" to be far better that the massive "5334 Chess Puzzle" book that had so many problems simply insterted to make it "big". Too many, disjointed problems, not well organized in sequence" I feel is just confusing and is not an efficient way of getting what is important across to the student. Big doesn't mean better! And, around 1000 puzzles is just about the right size! Plenty of problmes, but not overwhelming the student with unimportant materal that is just filler. I recomment to improve your tactics get a good book on Chess Traps (opening tactics) and "The Ultimate Chess Puzzle Book! You will have it all!
Nicely Choosen Puzzles  Sep 18, 2006
I am a firm believer that tactical work books, books on chess traps in the opening, and going over analysis of instructive games are the best type of books to improve your play.

There are one thousand nicely choosen problmes containing some of the more important tactical patterns that will prove helpful in actual play. I don't like problems that are composed and have patterns that you would never come across in real play.

A suggestion for improving most tactics work books. I would like to see a building of the same tactical pattern. Start of with a simple use of a knight fork, then make it so that the same type of knight fork must be found in two moves, then an even more complicated position that requires ideas to set up that knight fork in 3 or 4 moves!!! Are there any tactics work books that do that with at least 500+ problems? Yet to be seen.

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