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No, I was already over 2000 FIDE.
I would agree with kikvors' overall assessment of the contents : I was also more at home in the tactical chapters (though some of them are quite challenging anyway) and found the strategy chapters more difficult.
If you're not sure, you can also start with the blue books - there's a lot of interesting material there too.
Here are samples of medium (**) exercises in the first orange book :
Thanks for the clarification hicetnunc. I will start with the orange books.
man im bad.. ratings here are really inflated
posting just to bookmark this discussion
I should check this out.
I've been working on Build up your Chess 1 for a couple of months now and I'm seeing improvement OTB already. Not much mind you, but I found the first two chapters on Mating Motifs very difficult and after I'd worked through them I learned a lot of new patterns and attacks some of which I used in my games. I have a long way to go but I think Yusupov is honest about the level of calculation and analysis required to improving one's rating - too many players want 'GM in one week' type books that are unrealistic.
the first puzzle, "puzzled" me. It was quite easy to spot the first move. A bit harder to find the second as there where 2 choises, the rest seems straight forward , but i did wrong because there is also an alternate checkmate:
@ghillan - I guess you can award yourself 2pts. as well
Of course i would do, but when it happens, i spend half hour triing to figure out "why the hell the other way doesn't work?!?". Only to realize that there is nothing wrong with the opther solution. Obviously we can consider it as another way to exercise, but rage raises when i find out that i spend a lot of time looking for an error that doesn't exist!
Good puzzles should have only one solution, or mention all the possible solutions, or stop earlier.
I really hate when puzzles tells that i did wrong, but actually there are alternate solution ( with the same number of moves)
After 4. g4+, 4... Bxg4. No mate on the next move.
a-ha!! here it is!
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