For most of the players and chess fans, the biggest pleasure in a chessgame is to beat an opponent with a beautiful combination, of which we can be proud at. However, to live with all the given oportunities and not miss any of the chances, we must stay in sharp shape all the time, what we can reach only by practicing puzzlesolving.
Many puzzle books are based on artificial positions or selected only for their beauty. The concept of these books is different. The highest priority is to “use the practical side of the puzzles” and take the level of calculation to a completely new dimension.
Part 1 consists of 365 practical puzzles from the first part of 2012, selected into 3 different groups: easy, medium and hard. At the end of the book, you can check your tactical abilities in a test format.
Part 2 consists of 501 practical puzzles from the second part of the Year 2012, selected into 3 different groups: easy, medium and hard. At the end of the book you can check your tactical skills in a test format and also can enjoy the 10 most beautiful pearls of the given period.
Part 3 contains 551 puzzles. You will find a huge range of tactical ideas, what you can use in your own games!
All the puzzles have been collected from practical games from the beginning of 2013 to the middle of 2015. Great combinations by Carlsen, Caruana, Anand, Topalov and many more Top players.
In each section the puzzles are sorted according to the date of the game.
The book consists of six chapters:
1. Winning material! (92 Puzzles)
2. Mate! (105 Puzzles)
3. Find the draw! (25 Puzzles)
4. Silent moves (27 Puzzles)
5. Simplifications (142 Puzzles)
6. Tests (160 Puzzles)
Part 4 consists of seven chapters:
1. Winning material! (82 Puzzles)
2. Mate! (54 Puzzles)
3. Find the draw! (20 Puzzles)
4. Silent moves (61 Puzzles)
5. Simplifications (82 Puzzles)
6. Mating attack (92 Puzzles)
7. Tests (160 Puzzles)
All in all 551 puzzles.
You will find a huge range of tactical ideas, what you can use in your own games! All the puzzles have been collected from practical games from the beginning of 2013 to the middle of 2015. Great combinations by Carlsen, Caruana, Anand, Topalov and many more Top players.
Part 5 consists of 551 practical puzzles from 2016. The combinations are divided into three chapters according to the level of difficulty: easy, medium and hard. Great combinations by Carlsen, Caruana, Kramnik, Anand and many more of the world's top players, from the strongest events all around the world.
Enjoy the beautiful mating attacks, material wins and many other joyful moments that a spectacular sacrifice can bring!
Csaba Balogh was born on 19th of March 1987. His best rating is 2672. Grandmaster since 2004. European Individual U-16 Champion in 2003, Budva. Member of the Hungarian National Team since 2005. Best tournament result: Olympic silver medalist in 2014.
GM Zoltán Almási (8 times Hungarian Champion, 2 times Olympic silver medalist, European Rapid Champion in 2010):
"Nowadays, in the computer-era, it is essential to calculate as quickly and as precisely as possible in order to achieve success in chess. Solving puzzles is the best way to improve our skills in this area, and at the same time it's one of the most entertaining aspects of chess - to deliver mate or win material with a beautiful sacrifice! Csaba's book contains the most recent puzzles, which means we needn't be afraid that we will already have met the combinations in other sources - they will all be unique and therefore I can truly recommend this book to everyone".