Shirov, The Greek Gift, and Mating Patterns
Tonight I worked through another game in John Nunn's Understanding Chess Move by Move. Tonight's game was Shirov - Reinderman. Shirov uses the Greek Gift sacrifice idea to win a nice game. John Nunn discussed how knowing the standard attack ideas and sacrifices is essential to being a successful attacker.
The more you work on understanding these ideas, the better you are at recognizing the patterns or something similar when it exists on the board. The tactics trainer is a good way to drill both mating patterns and different tactical motifs. To learn standard mating patterns, and tactical motifs there are some nice books available:
- The Art of the Checkmate by Renaud and Kahn (descriptiive notation) - Teaching different mating patterns through games.
- Tactics by John Littlewood - this is a nice little book about tactical motifs.
- How to Beat Your Dad at Chess by Murray Chandler - Don't let the title fool you. This book is a wonderful book for learning mating patterns no matter what your age is.
- Chess Tactics for Kids by Murray Chandler - Similar to the above book, but focused on tactical motifs.