Semi-Open Tactics: Chess Opening Combinations and Checkmates


Semi-Open Tactics gives 500 game positions to help you win. Check out combinations and checkmates from these popular openings. These Semi-Open games begin 1.e4 when Black plays 1…Nf6 (Alekhine Defence), 1…d5 (Scandinavian Defence), 1…d6 (Pirc Defence), 1…g6 (Modern Defence), 1…b6 (Owens Defence), 1…Nc6 (Queens Knight Defence) or 1…f5 (The Fred). If you run toward tactics, you run toward success. Tactics help you to attack and defend accurately.

This book shows winning positions from both sides throughout chess history with dozens of games played in 2020. See which lines feel right to you.If you’re good at tactics, you’re good at chess. Opening theory may help you start well. Endgame knowledge may help you finish well. Tactical skill helps you win games and avoid losses. Tactics include pins, forks, removing the defender, attacking two pieces at the same time, and threatening to mate your opponent. The easiest path to tactical success is to recognize patterns that occur frequently in your favorite chess openings. Grandmasters know patterns. Everyone knows a few positions. Here’s 500 in the Semi-Open Defenses. Other openings after 1.e4 with 1…e5, 1…c5. 1…e6, or 1…c6 are covered in my other Tactics books. Tactical knowledge helps you to improve your winning chances. Take your opponent’s pieces. Pick off the pawns. Mate the king! Don’t rely on dumb luck. How can “dumb luck” allow you to win? You can win a few games when your opponent makes dumb moves. That’s when your opponent gives up a piece for nothing. You’re lucky when your opponent fails to defend a mate in one. To advance, you need more than dumb luck. You need tactics. I played Semi-Open Defenses thousands of times in my career. I enjoy unbalanced positions to fight for a winning advantage. As White, I want to checkmate quickly or win material. Fun times! The purpose of this book is to illustrate and teach the Semi-Open Tactics. I assume you can read algebraic chess notation. The White pieces are positioned at the bottom of each diagram. Above each diagram note who can move and win. It’s either White to play a tactical move or Black to play a tactical move. Some moves are simple and easy. Others are subtle and tricky. That’s chess – lots of obvious moves and lots of sneaky moves. Look at each diagram. It’s a key position ready for a tactical win. The final moves are in bold with a brief analysis or comment. Chess engines were used to ensure the accuracy of analysis. Follow the moves in your mind. The skill to visualize each new position without moving pieces improves your tactical strength. The Scandinavian Defence 1.e4 d5 can transpose to other lines. For 2.exd5 Nf6 3.Nc3 see 1.e4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.exd5. For 1.e4 d5 2.d4 Nc6 see 1.e4 Nc6 2.d4 d5. If 1.e4 d5 2.d4 c6 see my Caro-Kann Tactics book. For 1.e4 d5 2.d4 e6 see my French Tactics. If 1.e4 d5 2.d4 dxe4 see Blackmar-Diemer Tactics (next book). The 500 winning tactical positions in this book come from chess games followed by a short line of analysis or a brief comment. Players may sacrifice a pawn, a piece, or the Exchange to speed up the attack. You make life more difficult for all your opponents when you think tactically about how to attack their weak points. Games are arranged by ECO (Encyclopedia of Chess Openings) coding (B00 to B09) from less popular to more popular moves.ECO updates their 500 codes. A few variations move from one code to another to account for changes in popularity. I try to be consistent with my Chess Training Repertoire Moves 4 book. Ideas in this book come from the Semi-Open Defences, but note: These same tactical patterns work in other chess openings too. Many champions play the Semi-Open Defences from both sides. Improve your chess. Go for the win! Buy Semi-Open Tactics now.

Tapa blanda : 509 páginas

ISBN-13 : 979-8691308277

Dimensiones del producto : 15.24 x 2.92 x 22.86 cm

Editorial : Independently published (27 septiembre 2020)

Idioma: : Inglés


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