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Learn Chess Tactics: for beginners and beyond!

If you want a quick and easy way to improve your game, is a training site well worth looking into. Created by Swindon-based club player David Kramaley and US International Master John Bartholomew, it has (until recently) been known primarily as an opening trainer. But a series of new releases have seen the site rapidly get bigger and better to the point where, after its latest release, it now almost a complete tool for every aspect of the game.

1001 Chess Exercises for Beginners, the tactics workbook by Franco Masetti and Roberto Messa, is a well-known and highly-respected book in its field. Yet on Chessable it is elevated to another level: it has been converted into a fully-playable format that goes far beyond your average pgn file. PC, mobile or tablet users can play through the 1001 exercises and be tested on them using Chessable’s unique spaced learning method, racking up points and being rewarded as they go. In a similar way to its opening and endgame trainers, Chessable also reminds users to keep it up and practise regularly. The technique works – you learn quickly, and it sinks in.

The book’s theme is clear from the first line of the introduction: the familiar maxim “Chess is 99% tactics!”. It has sections on every motif, including double attacks, pins, skewers, under promotions and drawing techniques. If you can’t face getting the board out every time to work through examples like these, or simply don’t have the time, this new format for a tactics book is perfect.

The title suggests it is for beginners, but intermediate players would perhaps benefit most from it as a way of sharpening up their tactical knowledge before a match. Priced at $19.99, it is a far superior tool than the original. And there’s no doubt facing someone who has mastered this book would not be easy! 

Find it on Chessable here

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