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Predator At The Chessboard: A Field Guide To Chess Tactics (Book Ii) [Anglais] [Broché]

Ward Farnsworth
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19 novembre 2011
Chess tactics explained in English: the second volume of material from www.chesstactics.org. This book is the second in a two-part set. The two books together contain over a thousand examples organized in unprecedented detail. Every position is accompanied by a commentary describing a train of thought that leads to the solution; these books thus are the ideal learning tool for those who prefer explanations in words to long strings of notation. Book II - the present volume - covers pins and skewers, removal of the guard, and mating patterns. (The first book in the set provides an introduction to tactics and explains forks and discovered attacks.) Also available in hardcover.

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  • Broché: 402 pages
  • Editeur : Lulu.com (19 novembre 2011)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1430319321
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430319320
  • Dimensions du produit: 2,1 x 20,7 x 27,6 cm
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fantastic 24 septembre 2013
Par Antonio
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Very instructive. Recommend!
Full of examples and very well written.

I disliked the format: it is a bit bigger than I was expecting.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Greatest tactics primer ever 26 février 2011
Par mike's brother - Publié sur Amazon.com
If you are looking for a tactics book of the "verbal-explanation" type rather than of the "worbook-with-lots-of-problems-to-solve" type, then Predator at the Chessboard Volumes I & II blow the competition away (including the tactics books by Seirawan/Silman and Alburt/Palatnik).

Table of Contents (1st edition, copyright 2007; no new editions as of date of this review):
Vol I chapters: "Introduction", "The Double Attack" (further divided into forks from each piece), and "The Discovered Attack" (subdivided into discovered attacks from each piece)
Vol II chapters : "The Pin and Skewer", "Removing the Guard", and "Mating Patterns" (subdivided into back rank and classic mates)

This book is superior to other beginner tactics books for 3 reasons:

1. Appropriate difficulty for intended audience: Many chess authors have forgotten what a "beginner" is. Farnsworth shows you several easier positions illustrating the same motif/theme then logically and incrementally progresses to more difficult versions of the theme (for instance, from the simple find-the-bishop-fork to find-the-bishop-fork-in-three). Most of the examples in Predator at the Chessboard are 1-3 moves in depth, completely appropriate for a beginner. There isn't much in terms of lengthy alternative sidelines of analysis (>5 moves for instance) that would clearly make this book beyond a beginner/lower level (you will find lots of such lengthy analysis and difficult problems in the Seirawan/Silman and Palatnik/Alburt "beginner" tactics books).

2. Thinking method: Farnsworth doesn't give a thinking method per se, but he repetitively states simple things to think about when approaching a position, which can be helpful for someone learning tactics.

3. Numerous examples: There are greater than 1000 positions in both volumes and thus he provides dozens of examples of any given motif from simple to complex, thoroughly reinforcing the material, whereas other books show a couple token positions then proceed to give you very difficult problems.

Thus Predator at the Chessboard is accessible to the beginner/lower-level player, provides many logically progressive examples of a given motif from simple to slightly more complex, and provides verbal explanations about how to think about these tactics.

Criticisms of the book:
1. Expensive: cost me around $65 for 2 volumes hardcover, but since this is the only "verbal-explanation" type tactics book that a beginner/lower-level player needs, I believe it is money well spent if you love to play chess.
2. The 2 volumes should be 1 volume that is 700+ pages, in my opinion.
3. He uses his own notation which is not quite algebraic (for instance, RxN might mean "rook takes knight"). His book is still very easy to follow...I simply prefer algebraic notation, which is also very easy to follow.
4. I wish that the entire line of play for each position was listed at the end of its corresponding explanatory paragraph (preferably in algebraic notation). Not only would it be a nice quick summary, but also would be good practice for those wanting to solve the >1000 positions without wading through the paragraph explanations.

Nothing beats solving thousands of tactics problems such as offered on several well known websites. In spite of this and the above criticisms, I still give this book 5 stars because it is far and away the greatest "verbal-explanation" beginner tactics primer I have ever encountered ever.

Of course, he offers this material free on his website (you can google his name and/or Predator at the Chessboard), but it is nice to have books for those times when is no internet or computer, if I am indefinitely stuck in a line, waiting room, or side of a road, and at bedtime without having to worry about lugging around my laptop and adaptor plug.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 For the rest of us 12 mai 2013
Par Rolian - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I have probably not gotten through quite 10% of this book yet, but I am extremely pleased. I am getting the answers that I have been searching for. How do you set up a pin? How do other players see what I am not seeing? What are the different ways to use this information?

The author of this book has the insights that I need, but much more important, he has taken the time and effort to explain all those smaller details of seeing and setting up the tactical configurations that win material and game, and most important, give you the chance to take more control of the game.

Eliminate luck and hope from the game and set up those powerful tactical maneuvers that are part of a great, artistic chess game.

I know there are lots of people who do not play tournaments, but love the game and art of chess. We don't aspire to become masters, but want to learn and understand the artistry and skills of tactical play. We don't have the time to struggle with deep discussions and try to see further into a masters explanation of high level skills, but we want to 'see' more. So much of this game is about visualization, and Mr. Farnsworth will guide you through the complexities of seeing in a manner that will actually be fun and entertaining and enlightening.

I read, study and review the information in this book everyday, and enjoy doing it. I highly recommend this book for the rest of us.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Best tactics book - period 22 octobre 2010
Par Joseph D. Phelps - Publié sur Amazon.com
I have read/studies at least 20 chess tactics books and this one (with its companion book) is by far the best. The author not only give great examples of tactical motifs but he goes into incredible detail explaining the thought process one should follow when looking for the tactic in question. An example would be when he explains that anytime two of you opponent pieces and your knight are all on squares of the same color and in close proximity you should look for a fork. This seems self explanatory (after he tells you) but I just never approached looking for forks that way. Go to the authors website to practice your tactics and to find more info on these books.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent Learning Tool 5 juillet 2013
Par Mary in DC - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
I'm involved in local board and card gaming groups, but recently got interested in getting into chess beyond the basics. I had always been overwhelmed by chess books and software, like 550 page books on chess openings for black.

I discovered Ward Farnsworth's web page and was blown away by his statement that most of chess play is tactics. He maps out a learning plan to start with tactics and then later work on chess openings and the end game. Although his website is free, I went ahead and purchased this book.

I really like his teaching style. It's just great. He gives tons of examples from real play that become progressively more difficult. So, the book is just fun as a chess puzzle book. But, he also explains what you need to be looking for and what though process you need to be using. The book is also structured so that you can choose any chapter and start working on it - so it's flexible to individual needs.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great tactics study 2 mars 2012
Par Al - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
The cover and title is rather cheesy, but this is a very good tactics book.

In my opinion, the main strenghts of the book are:

1. The prose is very clear and easy to understand.

2. It is very systematic and thorough, with A LOT of examples for each tactical motif. Also, I like the way the examples progress towards increasing difficulty/subtlety.

The author has a website, chesstactics.org, where much of the material in the book is available for free. It's still worth picking up the books (there are two volumes in the series) for studying offline.

The author doesn't list his chess merits or rating, so I assume he doesn't have a title. But this shouldn't influence your buying decision - if you are looking for a good tactics book, you should consider this one and its sequel.

My only gripe is that the diagrams are a little small.
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