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Chess tactics - pattern recognition
I just wanted to ask if anyone own's Lev alburts Chess tactics for tournament players, and or, Understanding chess tactics by Martin Weteschnik.
I have been solving loads of tactical puzzles, but I realised when I am working through Test your chess IQ:master challenge, that some themes come to me more naturally than others, and I get good marks in some, and simply horrible in others. So I wanted to get my fundamentals on typical tactical patterns up to scratch.
Any suggestions on the two mentioned books and how they compare?
Thanks a great deal to everyone, and happy playing.
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This happens to most people id= nw . Kramnik lost to fritz 10 after missing a mate in one!!! (2006) You are not alone in that you can can see some but not others. You can improve tactics but there will always be some weaknesses.
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I recently purchased and have started reading. "Understanding Chess Tactics" by Martin Weteschnik. Unfortunately I have not read Alburt's book so I cannot compare the two, but I can say that I am enjoying and learning from Weteschnik's book. It is very challenging for me so I am going to guess it will also be useful to you, even though you have a much higher rating that me. For comparison, Weteschnik's book is much more challenging than "Winning Chess Tactics" by Seirawan, which I also found helpful, but suspect that you would find too elementary. Weteschnik's book has enough detail and diagrams so that it is not essential to have the pieces set up on a board.
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I had Lev Alburt's book on Tactics and to be honest, I was actually disappointed with it. I enjoy his other books in the series but not that one. I think that about any tactic book centered around themes like Pins, Skewers, Forks, will build up your pattern recogntion. I also enjoyed Seirawan's book and his whole series for that matter. He adds a bit of humor and levity to make the reading enjoyable. Best wishes in all of your games.
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Thanks for all the feedback friends, I've finally bought both, on a buy one get one free offer!