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Published by Learning Plus, Inc. International Standard Book Number: Box Philomath, Oregon www. Chess Tactics for Students is ded icated to you students , parents , coaches, volunteers , tournament organ izers, d i rectors , and sponsors who make chess play and chess competition a g reat joy for us a l l. Your time and effort are very much appreciated.

Chess Tactics for Students is an instructional workbook conta in ing carefu l ly selected problems presented in a worksheet format. Chess Tactics for Students was extensively field tested with elementary, midd le-school , and high-school students over a four-year period prior to its publ ication in Since that t ime, Chess Tactics for Students has become one of the best sel l i ng and most popular books ever written for beg inn ing chess players.

A versati le design makes Chess Tactics for Students ideal for independent study and homework as wel l as for chess club and classroom instruction. The worksheet format enables self correction with min imal dependence on di rect help from a chess coach , teacher, or parent. Each of the first th i rteen chapters consists of 31 problems: an introductory page presenting the chapter tactic with a sample problem two instructional pages conta in ing 4 problems with explanations of the correct move.

You , the chess teacher, will develop your own ph i losophy about how best to use the Answer Key with your students. Many coaches find that students learn best when they consult the Answer Key only after they've completed a number of assigned problems.

We are a l l tempted to look up answers before we've g iven our best effort and early access to answers can interfere with good learn ing habits. The recommended way to use Chess Tactics for Students is as fol lows: Review the use of short algebra ic notation on pages vi i i and ix. Assign the first 5 problems of each chapter as an overview to al l 13 tactics.

Use the Student Log on page and to check each student's abi lity leve l. Have each student correct the problems they've done in the overview. After students have completed the overview, have them work throug h the book,. On a chapter-by-chapter basis, have students record their progress on the Student. Log , provided on page Encourage students to identify and practice newly-learned tactics i n both i nstructional.

Welcome to Chess Tactics for Students. In this book, you wi l l d iscover the secrets of grandmaster play-aggressive tactics that help turn begin ners into experts. Players unfami l iar with these tactics wi l l be at your mercy! A tactic is a move or sequence of moves that g ives you an immediate advantage over your opponent. Depending on your opponent's position , a tactic can enable you to win a p iece win the exchange-the trade of a Knight or Bishop for a Rook checkmate your opponent d raw a game in wh ich you are way beh ind in pieces or in position force your opponent to make a game-losing move.

Chess Tactics for Students covers th irteen major chess tactics , organ ized into chapters. Beg inn ing chapters present the most frequently encountered and easily understood tactics. Later chapters present less frequently encountered and more d ifficu lt tactics.

A concluding chapter of quizzes g ives you a chance to review your ski l ls. To beg in , make sure you understand short algebraic notation. This notation is d iscussed on the next two pages. Short algebraic notation is used th roughout Chess Tactics for Students and is the form in which you wi l l record answers to problems. For each problem , record the correct move sequence as indicated.

If it is ''White to move ," pretend you are playing the White pieces and write White's correct moves and Black's responses on the blank l ines provided. On some problems, you wi l l write two possib le l ines of play. Some moves and symbols are written on the lines for you. Also, each problem has an accompanying Hint for help when you need it. The first step in learn ing tactics is to work the fi rst five problems in each chapter.

Start with Chapter 1 and continue chapter-by-chapter throug h the book. This wi l l g ive you an overview of a l l the major tactics and wi l l help you start looking for them in you r day-to-day chess games. After completing the fi rst five problems in each chapter, go back and complete each chapter. At each step, check your answers in the Answer Key to make sure you are working carefu l ly. A Student Log is provided on page for you to record your progress. Chess Notation Chess Tactics for Students uses short algebraic notation, the notation endorsed by the United States Chess Federation and commonly used throughout the world today.

Students should record their answers in this notation. In short algebraic notation, each square on a chess board is identified by a letter followed by a number. The letter identifies a file column , and the number identifies a rank row. Each square is uniquely identified by its file letter and row number. Look at Example 1 at the left. The White King is on g 1; the Black King is on g8. The White Queen is on d3; the Black Queen is on h6. The White Rook is on d 1; the Black Rook is on a8.

The White pawns are on f2, g. To identify a piece except the Knight and the pawns , write the first letter of the name of the piece Write N to identify a Knight, and do not write any letter to identify a pawn. To record a move, write the letter of the piece followed by the name of the square to which the piece will move.

R x d8 The correct move sequence is show above. The response of the student, playing the White pieces, is shown in bold type. K moves Nxe2 The student, playing the Black pieces, chose to move the Knight on the "e" file to c3 as Black's first move. When you can move more than one piece of the same kind to the same square, you must identify the piece that is to. Bain - Chess Tactics for Students.

View 6. All rights reserved. Organizational Design Each of the first th i rteen chapters consists of 31 problems: an introductory page presenting the chapter tactic with a sample problem two instructional pages conta in ing 4 problems with explanations of the correct move sequence s of each problem th irteen problem pages , each conta in ing 2 problems, where problems are presented from the least d ifficult to the most difficult The Answer Key The Answer Key for Chess Tactics for Students is now bound-in the book.

What is the best way to use this book? After students have completed the overview, have them work throug h the book, chapter-by chapter. On a chapter-by-chapter basis, have students record their progress on the Student Log , provided on page Encourage students to identify and practice newly-learned tactics i n both i nstructional and recreational chess games.

What is a tactic? What advantage does a tactic give? Depending on your opponent's position , a tactic can enable you to win a p iece win the exchange-the trade of a Knight or Bishop for a Rook checkmate your opponent d raw a game in wh ich you are way beh ind in pieces or in position force your opponent to make a game-losing move What is covered in this book? Vll a b c d e g h Chess Notation Chess Tactics for Students uses short algebraic notation, the notation endorsed by the United States Chess Federation and commonly used throughout the world today.

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## Chess Tactics for Students

I've enjoyed all the advice that is posted on these forums, so I thought I would share my results related to tactics study and hopefully encourage others who are at my level as well. Prior to working through his tactical problem set, my Tactics Trainer rating fluctuated between and After working through his book for a month solving 10 problems each day , my TT rating jumped to I have a long way to go before I have a competitive rating, but I still think it's encouraging to see a point jump following the oft-cited advice to study tactics. Thank you for your feedback.

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