Experts agree that regularly solving tactics is a vital component of chess training.
However, it's also widely acknowledged that there is one drawback of traditional chess puzzles – when solving them students know for sure that there is a genuine tactic in the position, whereas during a real game there is no such guarantee.
In this workbook, Volker Schlepütz and Grandmaster John Emms offer a unique framework to study chess tactics independent of themes, difficulty and – most importantly – even the existence of an actual tactic in a given position.
Analysing carefully selected games, from beginner level through to club and tournament level, the reader assumes the role of a tactics detective, checking for mistakes and missed opportunities by both sides without the help of a chess engine.
This training method resembles live play far more realistically than solving puzzles, because each move has to be analysed with respect to tactical possibilities – whether they exist or not. The same thinking processes used in the training can then be applied in real games
• A unique framework to practise chess tactics
• Exercises resemble over-the-board situations
• Ideal for beginners, intermediate and club players
Volker Schlepütz is a highly ambitious amateur chess player and a member of the Sportfreunde Katernberg chess club in Essen, Germany. He holds a school chess licence and has gained experience in chess coaching.
Grandmaster John Emms has played for England in two Chess Olympiads and was captain of the team at the 2002 Olympiad in Bled. He's an experienced coach who has worked with World Championship finalist Michael Adams and some of the UK's top junior players. He's also a highly respected chess writer, with many outstanding works to his name.
003 About the Authors
008 Instructions for the Exercises
012 1. Games of players rated 1100-1300 Elo
023 2. Solutions: Games 1-40
116 3. Games of players rated 1301-1500 Elo
127 4. Solutions: Games 41-80
224 5. Games of players rated 1501-1700 Elo
235 6. Solutions: Games 81-120
319 Glossary of Tactical Themes