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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Review: 606 Puzzles for Chess Nuts

606 Puzzles for Chess Nuts is quite a nice book to spend time with, whether it’s five minutes at a time, or an hour or more. The diagrams are large and clear, two per page, and the authors have come up with a nice variety of realistic positions to ponder. It would appear that the book is especially suited for the “advanced beginner” and the “intermediate player.” The “tournament player” will be challenged as well, although I would have preferred in this chapter that hints (removing the guard, pin, fork, etc.) not be provided. For this reason, I might suggest Practical Chess Exercises, by Ray Cheng, for the more advanced player. Cheng’s book also has the advantage of providing answers on the facing page, whereas Wilson and Alberston have the answers at the back of the book, requiring the reader to constantly flip back and forth. For the really serious player, get The ChessCafe Puzzle Book 2.

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