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Best Chess Tactics Books Everyone Should Read

Our list of some of the best Chess Tactics books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

1. 1001 Chess Exercises for Club Players: The Tactics Workbook that Also Explains All Key Concepts (2019)

 Best Chess Tactics Books Everyone Should ReadChess is 99% tactics. This celebrated observation is not only true for beginners, but also for club players (Elo 1500 – 2000). If you want to win more games, nothing works better than training your combination skills. There are two types of books on tactics: those that introduce the concepts followed by some examples, and workbooks that contain lots of exercises. FIDE Master Frank Erwich has done both: he explains all key tactical ideas AND provides an enormous amount of exercises for each different theme. Erwich has created a complete tactics book for ambitious club and tournament players. He teaches you how to…
Author(s): Frank Erwich

2. Chess: 5334 Problems, Combinations and Games (2013)

 Best Chess Tactics Books Everyone Should ReadChess takes you through more than 5,000 unique instructional situations, many taken from actual matches, including 306 problems for checkmate in one move, 3,412 mates in two moves, 744 mates in three moves, 144 simple endgames, and 128 tournament game combinations. Organized by problem type, each combination, or game is keyed to an easy-to-follow solution at the back of the book.. More than 6,000 illustrations make it easy to see the possibilities regardless of where your pieces are on the board. The book also includes the basic rules of the game and an international bibliography. Chess is the…
Author(s): László Polgár, Bruce Pandolfini

3. Chess Tactics and Combinations Workbook: Winning the Battles Between the Pieces (2019)

 Best Chess Tactics Books Everyone Should ReadChess Tactics and Combinations Workbook presents hundreds of tactical patterns and combinations from significant master and grandmaster games in this book in the Chess Detective® Workbook series. Learn the fundamentals of how to identify, execute, and defend against tactical themes to improve your game. Cover basic tactics in detail from pins, skewers, forks, and discoveries, to more advanced tactical motifs like removing the guard, clearance, and interference. Avoid pitfalls and learn how to think during the game. Two hundred problems with a comprehensive…
Author(s): Todd Bardwick

4. Winning Chess Tactics (Winning Chess – Everyman Chess) (2005)

 Best Chess Tactics Books Everyone Should ReadReaders will learn sure-fire tactics and combinations from one of the world’s top chess players.Attack? Defend? Swap pieces? Tactics are the watchdogs of strategy that take advantage of short-term opportunities to trap or ambush opponents and quite possibly change the course of a game in a single move. Why should players only hope that opponents will blunder when International Grandmaster Yasser Seirawan can show them how to put the tactics of the world’s chess legends to work. Choose from the double attack, the pin, the skewer, deflection, the décor, x-rays, windmills, and many more time-tested tactics.Using…
Author(s): Yasser Seirawan

5. Chess Tactics for Champions: A step-by-step guide to using tactics and combinations the Polgar way (2006)

 Best Chess Tactics Books Everyone Should ReadSusan Polgar became the first female Grandmaster at age 15—and it wasn’t luck that got her there. Her use of tactics, combinations, and strategy during her games gave her the critical advantage she needed against her opponents. In Chess Tactics for Champions, Polgar gives insight into the kind of thinking that chess champions rely on while playing the game, specifically the ability to recognize patterns and combinations. With coauthor Paul Truong, Susan Polgar teaches the tactics she learned from her father, Laszlo Polgar, one of the world’s best chess coaches.• Teaches players…
Author(s): Susan Polgar, Paul Truong

6. Tactics Time!: 1001 Chess Tactics from the Games of Everyday Chess Players (2013)

 Best Chess Tactics Books Everyone Should ReadEveryone knows that the way to improve at chess is to solve tactics puzzles. But why do tactics books make amateurs study grandmaster or master games? How useful is it to analyze games that are unreal for everyday chess players?In the real world of beginning and casual players openings are dubious, positions are messy, material is uneven, and cheap traps and oversights are occurring constantly. Most amateur games are won by rather primitive means, compared to the cool and fancy moves that masters need in order to gain victory.This book only takes positions…
Author(s): Tim Brennan, Anthea Carson

7. Daily Chess Tactics Training – Volume 1: 404 Puzzles to Improve Your Tactical Vision (2019)

 Best Chess Tactics Books Everyone Should ReadAre you ready to seriously improve your game?It has been said that chess is 99% tactics but whether that is an accurate reflection is hard to tell. Nevertheless, it is important. But if you are like most players, you only discover the tactics after you come home and run through your game with a chess engine. So what to do? In the present book, you will be challenged 404 times but unlike most tactics puzzle books you don’t know what your objective is: do I need to find a mate, find an opportunity skewer or pin a piece, use a tactical turn to gain a positional advantage and how far…
Author(s): Carsten Hansen

8. Sharpen Your Tactics: 1125 Brilliant Sacrifices, Combinations, and Studies (1996)

 Best Chess Tactics Books Everyone Should ReadSHARPEN YOUR TACTICS is a chess tactics training book and is for every class of chess player. The examples are rated by difficulty and the problems gradually become more difficult as you move through the book, leading you into the world of high-level chess tactics.This book will greatly improve the readers chess game. #741,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #585 in Gambling (Books) #911 in Chess (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Anatoly Lein, Boris Archangelsky, et al.

9. The Chess Tactics Workbook (2000)

 Best Chess Tactics Books Everyone Should ReadPaperback: 160 pages Publisher: Albert E Woolum; 4th edition (2000) ISBN-10: 0965906701 ISBN-13: 978-0965906708 Package Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds #189,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Al Woolum

10. Winning Chess Tactics for Juniors (1994)

 Best Chess Tactics Books Everyone Should ReadThis book is an easier version of Combination Challenge!, also by Lou Hays. It contains 535 one- two- and three-move combinations to solve and teaches a study method for learning to play combinative chess. This is the quickest and easiest way to improve your chess rapidly. #313,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #309 in Chess (Books) #1893 in Children’s Game Books (Books) Would you like to ?…
Author(s): Lou Hays

11. Improve Your Chess Tactics: 700 Practical Lessons & Exercises (2011)

 Best Chess Tactics Books Everyone Should ReadThe best advice for chess players who want to improve quickly is: get better at tactics! Simply because the vast majority of amateur games is decided through tactics you will immediately start beating more opponents when you improve your tactical skills. Experienced Russian chess master Jakov Neishtadt has selected those examples that have the biggest instructional value for club players. In the first part of the book Neishstadt teaches a systematic course on the most important tactical themes. The second part consist of an exam with hundreds of tests from real-life…
Author(s): Yakov Neishtadt

Best Chess Tactics Books Everyone Should Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some chess tactics books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Chess Tactics for Champions : a Step-by-Step Guide to Using Tactics and Combinations the Polgar Way.

Author(s): Polgar, Susan; Truong, Paul
ID: 2404935, Publisher: Random House, Incorporated [distributor, Random House Information Group, Random House Puzzles & Games [Imprint], Year: Aril 2006, Size: 7 Mb, Format: djvu

Chess fundamentals: A simple beginner’s guide on playing chess like a pro with easy-to-follow strategies, moves, and best opening tactics

Author(s): Sanchez, Josè
ID: 2893566, Publisher: , Year: 2021, Size: 5 Mb, Format: epub

The Power Of Tactics - Volume 3

Author(s): Tadej Sakelsek; Adrian Mikhalchishin
ID: 2832241, Publisher: Chess Evolution, Year: 2020, Size: 9 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are truly chart-busters according to USA Today, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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