I am not seeking glory with this book, but I certainly had to have
a book in tactics! Th at’s the main idea of the book; to be a companion
for trainers and players who seek improvement — simple but effective!
The names of the mates are not important. What’s crucial is
understanding and sub-consciously memorising these patterns in order to
recognise when they’re about to occur in a player’s own games. Th ese
mating patterns are not confi ned to chess problems and puzzles.
will be shown, they occur in the games of Grandmasters and even World
Champions, past and present! Th ey belong to everybody’s games, even
beginners’! Each mate’s theoretical pattern is presented as a diagram,
with constructed examples and actual games. It is suggested that
students set-up and play through these mates from the losers’ viewpoint
as well. Most difficult of all is recognising patterns when they occur
horizontally (i.e., rotated 90 degrees) from the normal orientation. Th e
key to each pattern is the status of the squares surrounding the king:
which ones are obstructed, which are potential flight squares that can
be controlled with the available pieces. Players are advised to know
these patterns forwards, backwards and upside down!
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