Chess rating: 2183
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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.
Chess rating: 2380
LCF 127 Fide approx. 1885
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|Fri Jul 8 2011 1:41PM | MsgID: 14520194|
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