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Is My Tactics Book Wrong?!


  • 4 years ago · Quote · #1

    crogers

    Hey everyone, the start of summer has given me the drive to break out some of my unfinished tactics books. Currently I am going through "303 Tricky Checkmates" by Fred Wilson & Bruce Albertson. Problem #245 (on page 142 if anyone has the book) is supposedly a "White to Move & Mate in 3" problem, yet I believe white can do it even easier in just two moves. Here is the problem with the book solution which is 1. Kf6 cxd6 2. Ke7 dxc5 3. Nf6#:

    My question is, couldn't this problem be solved in just two moves with 1.Ne6 cxd6 (forced) 2. Nc7#. That is what I saw at first and was confused when I read through the book answer. Have I outsmarted the masters? (Jokes!) But I believe that's a simple, legal checkmate that occurs an entire move faster. Am I mistaken somewhere?

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #3

    AtahanT

    This has happend to me alot in that book. It's really tricky to see everything in some positions.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #4

    crogers

    Ahhh duh! How did I not see that before? I swear, tunnel vision sometimes...Thank you very much CM ilmago. AtahanT, it really does live up to it's title of "tricky" checkmates doesn't it?!?!

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #5

    heinzie

    I remember this position. Isn't it composed by R. Zangger or something like that

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #6

    heinzie

    Also, a book with a bunch of composed problems isn't really about tactics training more about "seeing" nice things on a chess board

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #7

    crogers

    I'm not sure heinzie, I don't think it says where they get the problems from.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #8

    AtahanT

    heinzie wrote:

    Also, a book with a bunch of composed problems isn't really about tactics training more about "seeing" nice things on a chess board


    It's a good way to train visualization and calculation accuracy. You really need to calculate accurately to solve many of these.


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