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Tactical Training

Cyrus Lakdawala



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Everyman Chess
15 February 2021
It is hard to understate the importance of tactic ability to overall chess proficiency. Of course other elements such as a knowledge of opening play and an understanding of strategy are also important. However, it is undoubtedly the case that 99% of games are won or lost because one player either spots or overlooks a tactic. Consider your own games and just imagine how much stronger you would be if you never overlooked a tactical idea.

The good news is that your tactical ability is not some genetically-acquired unalterable trait. Tactical ability can always be improved through the application of diligent practice. Tactical themes are repetitive. The same arrangements of pieces occur again and again and a continual study of the subtle interactions between the forces will inevitably lead to a greater sharpness in actual play.

In Tactical Training, experienced chess coach and prolific author Cyrus Lakdawala guides the reader through numerous tactical themes. Topics include:
* Checkmating patterns.
* The 32 major combinational concepts.
* Numerous positions ranked in terms of level of difficulty.

The final chapter focuses on a 2020 online match between Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura, currently the top two ranked players in blitz, the form of chess where tactics predominate.
Imprint:   Everyman Chess
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 170mm, 
ISBN:   9781781945780
ISBN 10:   1781945780
Pages:   528
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Cyrus Lakdawala is an International Master, a former National Open and American Open Champion, and a six-time State Champion. He has been teaching chess for over 30 years, and coaches some of the top junior players in the U.S.

Reviews for Tactical Training

The material is divided into 33 chapters, 32 of them covering all the most important themes by means of relevant examples accompanied by tons of examples, written in Lakdawala's trademark humoristic style which I have always greatly enjoyed as it makes the reading a lot easier and more fun... So, does a study of tactics work? In my opinion the unequivocal answer is yes...This book will definitely help lift your tactical acumen and speed when playing and solving., Carsten Hansen, American Chess Magazine

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