AWARDED: ChessCafe 2008 Book of the Year!
SHORTLISTED: The Guardian Chess Book of the Year 2008
Why is it that your brain so often refuses to consider winning chess tactics?
Every chess fan marvels at the wonderful combinations with which famous masters win games. How do they find those fantastic moves? Do they have a special vision? And why do computers outwit us tactically?
This rich book on chess tactics proposes a revolutionary method for finding winning moves. Charles Hertan has made an astonishing discovery: the failure to consider key moves is often due to human bias. Your brain tends to disregard many winning moves because they are counter-intuitive or look unnatural.
We can no longer deny it, computers outdo us humans when it comes to tactical vision and brute force calculation. So why not learn from them? Charles Hertan’s radically different approach is: use COMPUTER EYES and always look for the most forcing move first!
By studying forcing sequences according to Hertan’s method you will:
-- develop analytical precision
-- improve your tactical vision
-- overcome human bias and staleness
-- enjoy the calculation of difficult positions.
In short: by recognizing moves that matter, you will win more games!
Charles Hertan is a FIDE master from Massachusetts with several decades of experience as a chess coach. Instead of rehashing the usual classic examples he has unearthed hundreds of instructive combinations which appear here for the first time in print.
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Former US Champion Joel Benjamin:
"By organizing and explaining the nature of great chess moves Hertan has brought us all closer to being able to find them"
Marsh Towers Chess Reviews:
"Hertan develops the reader's skills methodically, thus enabling each tactical lesson to be learned and absorbed properly"
Erik Bouwmans, Schaaknieuws:
"Entertaining and instructive (..) you simply cannot stop looking"
Dr Erik Rausch, Rochade Europa:
"An intensive training course for advanced players to improve their tactical vision and calculation (..) You will increase your tactical striking powers a lot"
British Chess Magazine:
"This weighty tome is all about improving your tactical play"
GM Danny King & Ronan Bennet, The Guardian:
"We're big fans of this book"
Steve Goldberg, ChessCafe:
"When the clock is ticking away, and you have too many viable candidate moves to choose from, remember Hertan's advice"
Carl Portman, FOCUS Magazine:
"A super book"
Mark Weeks, About.com:
"Develops creative, little explored ideas about how to improve your tactical vision (..) with outstanding positions from master practice"
John Donaldson, Jeremy Silman.com:
"A superior combination book"
Stephen Dann, Worcester Telegram & Gazette:
"The price is low for a volume with so many pages and so much content"
Elisabeth Vicary, US Chess Federation Online:
"I love this book"