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Jiri Lechtynsky vs Nikolai Radev
Pamporovo (1981), rd 2
Gruenfeld Defense: Three Knights Variation. Petrosian System (D91)  ·  1-0

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Mar-06-07
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  Honza Cervenka: Lovely game. A possible finish is 44...Rxe6 45.h7+ Kg7 46.Rf8! Kxf8 47.h8=Q+
Apr-18-18
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  fredthebear: <Honza Cervenka: Lovely game. A possible finish is 44...Rxe6 45.h7+ Kg7 46.Rf8! Kxf8 47.h8=Q+>

FTB instantly recognizes Honza's rook deflection sacrifice for pawn promotion as Tricky Tactic #50 in GM Murray Chandler's book Chess Tactics for Kids. Each manuever (typically a simple capture combination that ends with a tactic to regain material) is explained on the left-hand side of the page 1-50 with additional examples on the right hand side. This is one of a handful of chess books that FTB routinely reuses like schoolboy math flashcards - speeding through each diagram on the left page for flash recall to maintain razor sharp pattern recognition. At five seconds per left-hand page, FTB can skim through all 50 Tricky Tactics in just 5 minutes, making it a very handy, efficient, lasting investment. (The same approach can be done for larger books by limiting the scan to the first or last page of each chapter to instill variety yet concise consistency by limiting the sample size. Insert a tab or paper clip to turn to each chapter quickly. The rest of the book can be read at one's leisure on occasion.) The idea is to know what you know very well by revisiting it often so it's burned into the brain like a fresh tattoo that does not fade away.

No, Chess Tactics For Kids by GM Chandler is NOT the best tactics book available. It's not even in the top twenty best tactics books in print. However, the layout structure, clarity, and hard cover make it useful as a foundational chess flash card tool, speeding through page by page.

Another training tool is to make your own book of tactical hot shots and oversights. Collect the best and worst moments/diagrams from your games and form your own puzzle book. This won't take long for those who play blitz on the internet. Of course, each solution should be checked for correctness with a computer chess engine. (Some people have a tendency to beat themselves up over a mistake. The idea is to learn from a mistake, not repeat it, seek forgiveness, make corrections/amends, and move forward. This can turn a weakness into a strength through experience. Chess, and life, can be a bit of a roller coaster...live and learn and do keep on ridin' along!) FTB keeps his personal puzzle book private as a training tool. It's not a brag book. He does not want to embarrass the locals he faces often and others who are not masters. Always be humble, kind, and helpful to others.

Chess is chess on the same 64 squares -- positions that are fundamentally good for kids to know applies to adults too. Be GREAT at seeing all the basics time after time after time. Activate/coordinate all your pieces and play soundly, allowing the opponent to give the game away by dropping material. Tactics prevail in most chess games; be the first player to see it coming. Otherwise, gradually build up your position, always ready to pounce on a mistake like a hunter combing the woods.

Lastly, anyone who recommends chess books to students and their parents had better know that book well. Questions will arise. At the very least, know what typos are misprinted in it. Don't judge a book by it's cover!! FTB believes it's better to recommend a training book that is a bit too easy but will actually get read and understood, than a thick, wordy book that is too difficult and gets left on the shelf collecting dust. Those few students who are ready for a tougher challenge will naturally seek it, so have different levels of recommendations in mind. Of course, many train with computers more so than books nowadays, but FTB is partial to print on paper and a chessboard at the table.

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