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John Nunn's Chess Puzzle Book [Paperback]

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Most chess puzzle books put you in an artificial situation: you are told a combination exists, what the theme is, and what you are required to achieve. This one is different. In a real game situation, a player may sometimes need to find a combination. On the other hand he may need to reject a tactical idea and simply find a good positional move. His task is to find the right move, whatever it may be. The puzzles in this book put you precisely in that situation. John Nunn, a top-class grandmaster and one of the world's best chess solvers, has selected 250 positions to test your skills to the full. In each case you are challenged to find the best move. Spectacular ideas abound in these positions, but it is for you to decide whether to go for them, or whether you would be falling into a trap. If you need them, there are hints to help you out. The book ends with a series of tests to measure your skills against those of other players.

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Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.2" Width: 6" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 1999
Publisher   Gambit Publications
ISBN  1901983080  
ISBN13  9781901983081  

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Excellent, but be aware that this is an advanced puzzle book  Jul 29, 2006
Most of the puzzles in this book are for advanced players. For instance if you get 50 % score from Nunn's test, your calculated rating is 2144. So this is a very tough chess puzzle book, players over rating 2000 will benefit most from this book. If you are below this level (1700-2000 in rating), try Emms "The Ultimate Chess Puzzle Book" instead. The layout and size of this book could be better, with larger diagrams etc. as in Emms book. Therefore I give it only 4 stars.

My advice about chess books on tactical improvement depending on the rating:

900-1100 : Chess Tactics for Student
1300-1600: Winning Chess Exercises for Kids
1700-2000: The Ultimate Chess Puzzle Book
2000-> : John Nunn's Chess Puzzle Book.
An Excellent, Very Practical Chess Book  Sep 27, 2004
This is one of my favorite chess books. The heart of this book is a series of exercises. I find that puzzle books are the most effective, practical, way to improve playing strength. One of the great advantages of this book is that the author does not tell you if the problems are tactical, positional, or strategic. This is of course the most practical approach, as at the board no one is there to tell you which it is.

I really enjoyed this book, and I can recommend it fully. It will help you improve your play.
Emms book and this are both good  Aug 4, 2002
Unlike John Emms' "The Ultimate Chess Puzzle Book," which I strongly recommend for most anybody, this is not meant to be a tactics book. A previous reviewer apparently missed the point of this book, simply comparing the number of puzzles to judge the content in those 2 books. Nunn's book deliberately keeps the reader from expecting what is coming, thereby simulating the true game environment. This approach wouldn't necessarily get your pure tactical skills up, but if you look at the benefit you will gain in your overall play, this book is definitely worth its price.

One more note...there was a comment that "Not to mention Emms is a bettr player than Nunn ever was or will be" in a previous review, but that is simply not true. John Nunn hovered around #10-15 in the world during mid-80's, while John Emms has yet to break into top 100.

A different type of puzzle book.  Jun 22, 2002
I am a typical class C player trying to get better and I have purchased Nunn's Chess Puzzle Book and think that it is better than most chess puzzle books. Most books have sections such as "Mate - in - three" or "Queen Sacrifices" or "Pins and Skewrers". These groupings however obviously tell you what to look for and in a real chess game no one is sitting at your side and saying "there is a real nice knight fork somewhere on the board so find it"! Nunn's book also has a majority of all new problems so you won't be seeing that Reti - Tartakower queen sac and mate in three here. The only drawback is the cost. Consider also the "Chess Training Pocket Book" by Lev Alburt which does have well known problems (including the Reti - Tartakower one!) but has the advantage of throwing in postitions where there is no tactical solution but rather the position represents an important positional or endgame theme.
Over Priced Over Rated!  Jan 14, 2002
This is just an over priced puzzle book at best. You can get much better books for your money. If you want a real puzzle book try John Emms Ultimate Puzzle book with 1001 puzzles. That is more than 4 times as many puzzles as this book has. Also it is a bigger book and easier to read etc. Like most Nunn books this one is over rated. Maybe if this was a 10 dollar book it would not be so bad. Yet for about 20 bucks its hardly worth that much. Spend your money smarter, this book just is not worth the price. Get the other book I mentioned and you will gain more for your dollar. Also with more than 4 times as many puzzles its hard to not get helped more. Not to mention Emms is a bettr player than Nunn ever was or will be.

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