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  John Nunn's book, "Learn Chess Tactics"

jellybumpy

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Sun Jul 17 2011 3:32PM | MsgID: 14547212


Now that I said 'nuff said', I have to add an additional comment: I've read Seirawan's 'Winning Chess Tactics' and although I find it to be a very good book for players that are at my level, I think that Nunn's book is the one that I would suggest for players up to the intermediate level.



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Sat Jul 16 2011 8:54PM | MsgID: 14545212


Got the book. Spent a few hours reading the first two chapters and working the Puzzles. Did not go through all of the Puzzles in the first two chapters yet. My opinion of this book is very favorible. I would recommend it to anyone. Nuff said....



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Thu Jul 14 2011 9:53PM | MsgID: 14539189


Thanks for your response. I have ordered the book and expect it to arrive within a few days. After I finish the second chapter, I will make a report about what I think about the book up to that point.



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Thu Jul 14 2011 9:36PM | MsgID: 14539144


I am in the middle of this book and like it very much. John explains the tactics in a very easy to understand way. I can only agree with his advise form the introduction:
a) read the book from the beginning to the end
b) make all the excersises at the end of each chapter. They will become more and more difficult. After chapter 3 the excercises got harder for me, but the book def9initely helped me to improve my tactics. Doing chess puzzles at chessworldcom also helped a lot (if Johns' puzzles are to hard, doing puzzles at CW level 1 and 2 is a very good alternative).

By better understanding tactics, playing less games, take more time for my moves,doing a lot of puzzles, and recognizing the basic tactic patterns faster, helped me to raise my rating by about 100-150 CW rating points. Good luck and if you have finished the book (including exercises) your rating will definitely be higher than 1200.




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Wed Jul 13 2011 8:04AM | MsgID: 14534269


Be sure to let us all know if it is any good

/S



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Mon Jul 11 2011 7:34PM | MsgID: 14529686


Thanks Steve. I ordered the book.



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Fri Jul 8 2011 1:41PM | MsgID: 14520194


Hi,

I don't have this book, but I have two of Nunn's other books - "Secrets of Grandmaster play" and "Tactical Chess Endings".

In his early years, Nunn was renowned as a tactician. In both of the books I have, the extent and depth of Nunn's analysis is outstanding and he does have an ability to explain difficult concepts with clarity. He appears to take great pride in the accuracy of his analysis, so I'm sure that you will not get a 'bum steer' from any of his writings.

Forcing tactics are the most 'concrete' element of chess, so I'm not sure that anything is really unsuitable for any level of player. In fact I suspect for someone learning the game that deep, accurate analysis (assuming that is what is in this book!) is better as there will be less to 'unlearn' later on and the book will keep up with you as you progress. At around £12/$15, I don't see how you can go wrong

/S



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Thu Jul 7 2011 10:39PM | MsgID: 14518758


Someone please advise me: I'm thinking about purchasing, "Learn Chess Tactics" by John Nunn. Is this an appropriate book for an under 1200 Rated Chessworld player?
Thanks to anyone who responds...

jellybumpy