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Chess is 99% tactics is an old saying. This may be an exaggeration, but even the remaining 1% still depends on tactics. When Martin Weteschnik started working as a trainer in his local chess club, he quickly realized that even the stronger club players had great weaknesses in their tactical play. He also discovered that simply asking them to solve a huge number of puzzles did not fix the problem. These players clearly needed a good book, but when Weteschnik looked for it he found nothing suitable, so he decided to write it himself. But Weteschnik was not completely satisfied with the book and decided to restructure and rewrite it completely.
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Martin Weteschnik is a highly successful chess trainer and coach. His core philosophy, and main area of expertise, is in tactical play. He writes, "the most dramatic increases in playing strength, even for experienced tournament players, are achieved by the systematic acquisition of tactical knowledge." Weteschnik lives in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
Reviews - What do customers think about Understanding Chess Tactics?
Too complicated Jul 5, 2008
Chess tactics is difficult enough. This book makes the subject even more so. The review of tactical themes and specific examples is okay, but you can get the same from any number of books. This book does not simplify. I sent it back.
Understaning tactics, finally! Feb 24, 2008
I've followed the Michael de la Maza method (he used to play at our club) "400 points in 400 days" tactic improvement strategy, published on ChessCafe.com a few years ago. And, I have used CT-ART, done the puzzle books, etc. However, there was something missing (for me anyway) in that I felt I was just learning a few tactic patterns without understanding how it all fits together, how various tactical operations build on each other.
This book fills that void of understanding tactics, and is loaded with real game examples that the reader is walked through step-by-step. To some, the scarcity of extra "black to move, what next?" practice puzzles takes away from the book, but I do not think so. There are plenty of raw puzzle practice books out there.
What would make the book perfect is to have a PGN file of the games he uses for illustration, so we can go to the move number, and play the tactics (and all the variations) against a computer for practice.
All-in-all I highly recommend the book!
excellent! Sep 22, 2007
This is a gem. Its strengths are the highly interesting examples and its ability to improve your board vision. No chessboard or computer needed.
Good intention, but very few exercises. Sep 22, 2007
Were not too few exercises I would give this book 5 stars. From the content of the book, Martin Weteschnik had in fact pay a lot of effort trying to teach us tactics. But unfortunately he forgot the proverb " practice makes perfect. " Just 4 exercise per chapter is not enough!!! I think any kind of this book should include at least 200 exercises, may not need to be from real games, but it should gives us more practice. May be in the second edition of this book, Martin Weteschnik can give us more examples. So for those one who has finished reading this book, they should buy, John Nunn's Learn Chess Tactics, another two books is one from Lev Alburt's pocket book for traing and most of all, " Sharpen your tactics, " in this book you would find 1125 ground - breathing exercises. ( Though I would say in fact most and not all 1125 exercise are all that exciting ).
Very good book..One complaint Sep 18, 2007
This is a very good book. I've read MANY books on tactics, and have done countless drills and puzzles. This book is unique, however, because it made me look at tactics from a real game perspective. it didn't just say "find the pin", but it showed how to look through the clutter of the board and find all the elements that constitue a pin, and even how to create one where none exist. The one complaint I have is with the diagrams. they never indicate who's move it is, therefore, it doesn't give me the chance to see if i can find the tactic before he lists the candidate move. Otherwise, it is very helpful and enjoyable.