Today's chess player can access extensive chess book, magazine and video resources to learn more about this complex game. 

Many successful tournament players and coaches over a long period of time have contributed their knowledge and tips from actual game situations for players at all levels covering a wide variety of topics.

This page will regularly feature (1) an instructional book with handy tips and (2) a book of chess puzzles/exercises.

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Chess tips

365 Chess Chess Master Lessons

Author: Andrew Soltis (2017)

The format of this book is simple: There are 365 lessons so that you can study one each day for a year.

Each lesson consists of a short annotated game and at least one quiz question to test you. At the end of the lesson you will find an additional game that illustrates the opening or strategic themes of the main game.

Of course, there is a lot that this book does not cover. Games of less than 20 moves end much too early to provide meaningful instruction about the endgame. Nor is this the book that will teach you the finer points of openings. Many of the games begin with gambits, some long out of fashion. But they are here because they illustrate important concepts like compensation and initiative and demonstrate the many combinational patterns that you need to know.

And most of these games were chosen because they are entertaining. If you aren’t enjoying chess as you study it, you won’t keep at it. So have a good year!


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Chess puzzles / exercises

212 Surprising Checkmates

Authors: Bruce Alberston & Fred Wilson (2011)

Who hasn't missed the opportunity to play a cute mate-in-one, perhaps by failing to note that the enemy king has no light squares- so that all possible checks should obviously be considered.

How many times have we all overlooked an attractive male-in-two - not even bothering to look for it ! Because, being so consumed with our own plans, we don't notice that the opponent's last move was a serious tactical mistake. And how often, after having missed a brilliant shot, have we found that it was there for one move only and it was our one opportunity to win ?

As chess teachers of many years of experience they believe the best way to overcome short-tem tactical oversights is to combine practice with study. Solving problems with quick, clever
tactical solutions will increase your alertness to such opportunities when they occur in your own games.

Whistle  Can you solve these problems by visualising the moves ?

Problem 1     Solution          Problem 2     Solution          Problem 3      Solution

Problem 4     Solution          Problem 5     Solution          Problem 6     Solution

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