The Chess Cafe Puzzle Book 1 - 4
973 Seiten, kartoniert, Russel, 1. Auflage 2013
Chess is 99% Tactics
I strongly believe that tactics is a very important part of the game of chess; the conscientious study and application of tactical principles have helped my sisters and me a great deal throughout our careers. I absolutely agree with the well-known maxim: "Chess is 99% tactics."
This book offers every type of tactical motif imaginable, from the more common back rank mates, pins, skewers, forks and the like up to and including some of the most beautiful and rare combinations. This is a tactical book that will prove exceptionally useful for a wide range of players, intermediate through master strength and even beyond. I can heartily give this book two thumbs up. It will help you develop and improve your tactical skills tremendously.
From the Foreword by Women's World Champion, International Grandmaster Susan Polgar
Improve Your Positional Intuition!
ChessCafe Puzzle Book 2 is a unique instructional chess book that aims to help intermediate and advanced players improve their command of one of the most difficult aspects of playing chess - strategy. It does so by offering a large number of examples carefully selected by the author, German International Grandmaster Karsten Müller.
While there are many books and software programs available to assist chessplayers in improving their tactical ability, there are relatively few that focus on strategic and positional considerations. Working through these positions and exercises is a great way to improve your positional understanding.
Defend to the End!
One of the most important skills a chessplayer needs is the ability to defend a position that is under siege. In this third volume in the highly acclaimed, best-selling ChessCafe Puzzle Book series, International Grandmaster Karsten Müller, along with International Master Merijn van Delft, examines and expounds upon the vital defensive concepts and techniques used to repulse enemy attacks.
Major topics include (1) Principles and methods of defending; (2) Defending against a direct attack on the king; (3) Countering the initiative; (4) Saving the draw; (5) Passive versus active defense; and (6) Use and development of counterplay
Many of the world's greatest players - Steinitz, Lasker, Petrosian - were famous for their legendary defensive skills. Let co-authors Karsten Müller and Merijn van Delft show you how you can Test and Improve Your Defensive Skill.
Welcome to The Chess Puzzle Book 4! - It mostly deals with the important technical question of how to convert a static advantage.
As noted by Mark Dvoretsky in his Foreword: "I cannot think of any books with high-quality exercises regarding such topics as domination, the 'do not hurry' principle, the principle of two weaknesses, etc., all of which are discussed by Mueller and his co-author Alexander Markgraf (..) I hope that you enjoy this new book by Müller and Markgraf and I encourage you to seriously study the positions discussed in the book. As a result, you will significantly progress in your understanding of chess and improve your results."
Topics include Prophylaxis, The Principle of Two Weaknesses, The Right Exchange, Domination, Do Not Rush, and Converting an Advantage. There are also many well-chosen exercises with comprehensive solutions to help guide and instruct the reader.
The Chess Puzzle Book 4 is the fourth volume in the series formerly known as the ChessCafe Puzzle Books.
004 Signs and Symbols
005 1. Motifs
005 Back Rank Mate
011 Bishop Pair
017 Dangerous Passed Pawn
032 Destroying the Guard
034 Discovered Attack
038 Double Attack
042 Drawing Motifs
046 Greek Gift
052 Attack on the King
083 Vacating Lines or Squares
085 The Mighty Knight
090 The Pin
095 The Skewer
098 Trapped Pieces
101 X-Ray Attack
107 2. Easy Exercises
141 3. Endgame Exercises
154 4. Opening Traps
159 5. Find the Defense
167 6. The Five Most Beautiful Combinations
174 7. Tests
228 8. Solutions
298 Score Chart
299 Source/Additional Material
004 Signs & Symbols
006 1. Motifs
006 Good and Bad Bishops
026 Opening the Position
031 Improving Piece Placement
041 A Second Front
048 Positional Exchange Sacrifice
066 Weak Color Complex
072 2. Tests
153 Exercise and Test Solutions
274 Score Chart
006 Signs and Symbols
009 1. Principles and Methods of the defender
026 2. Defending against an Attack on the King
046 3. Fighting against the Initiative
057 4. Perpetual Check
060 5. Stalemate
066 6. The Right Exchange
076 7. Exchange Sacrifices
095 8. Defense against a Minority Attack
103 9. Defending Inferior Endgames
117 10. The Great Tigran Petrosian
124 11. Easy Exercises
131 12. Tests
164 Chapter Exercises
186 Easy Exercises
190 Test Solutions
007 Chapter 1: Prophylaxis
029 Chapter 2: The Principle of Two Weaknesses
048 Chapter 3: The Right Exchange
064 Chapter 4: Domination
084 Chapter 5: Do Not Rush
090 Chapter 6: Converting an Advantage
132 Solutions: Chapter Exercises
150 Solutions: Tests