The best advice for chess players who want to improve quickly is: get better at tactics! Because the vast majority of amateur games is decided through tactics you will immediately start beating more opponents when you improve your tactical skills.
"Improve Your Chess Tactics" presents more than 700 decisive combinations from tournament practice and is a self-tutor and a sparring-partner in one. Experienced Russian chess master Yakov Neishtadt has selected those examples that have the biggest instructional value for club players.
In the first part of the book Neishtadt teaches a systematic course on the most important tactical themes. The second part consists of an exam with hundreds of tests from real-life chess, in random order so as not to give unwelcome hints on how to solve them.
The solutions are not just lists of moves, but include clear, witty and instructive prose. Instruction + exercises according to the old Soviet Chess School.
Including: Last Man Standing in Magnificent Tal Memorial, Magnus Carlsen - the brand, How Larsen used a toy to kill a giant, SOS - Deviate at move 6 in the French Tarrasch!, The Rapid and Blitz World Championships in Astana, Peter Svidler: Master of the Grünfeld, and much more!
3. A Fresh Look at Chess 40 Instructive games, played and annotated by players like you, by Lev Alburt: 224 pages Euro 17.95 / $17.95 / £ 14.99
For the last ten years Grandmaster Lev Alburt has been writing a very special monthly column for the U.S. Chess Federation's magazine, Chess Life. Nontitled readers are asked to contribute their most instructive games, with generous annotations.
From dozens of entries, Lev chooses for his column one he considers to be of greatest value for CL's readers, adding his own comments and advice. For this book, Lev has selected forty of his best columns, arranged by theme, and has added some new material, all to make "A Fresh Look at Chess" both truly instructional and fun to read.
Most chess books have been written by grandmasters and use only the hard-to-understand games of grandmasters to help amateurs. This book uses a new, complementary - and very effective - approach: amateur games reveal the mistakes your opponents will make, and show you how to capitalise on them.
The Holiday Package in short:
-- 3 volumes -- with more than 700 pages -- of top chess instruction, journalism and entertainment -- no board and pieces needed -- with a 40% discount!