Imagination in Chess

123AMC
Anyone have experience of this book? What level is it suitable for / aimed at?
Ziryab
Found this review: http://chessskill.blogspot.com/2017/02/imagination-in-chess.html
kindaspongey

"... In general I would say that the exercises probably are very good training, but very difficult for a lower rated player. …"

http://seagaard.dk/review/eng/bo_misc/ba_imagination_in_chess.asp?KATID=BO&ProductID=346&ID=BO-Misc&PUBID=BA&AUTID=176

"... One can recommend ... Paata Gaprindashvili’s Imagination In Chess ... which came out in 2004 by a hitherto unknown author, acquired cult status among hardcore chess studiers looking for training material besides the standard tactical puzzles. …" - IM John Donaldson (~2010)

http://dev.jeremysilman.com/shop/pc/Critical-Moments-In-Chess-p3810.htm

123AMC
Thanks
123AMC
Anyone else? How does it compare to the Averbakh and Psakhis advanced tactics books?
ARenko

I don't have the Psakhis book.

My very rough estimate of difficulty would place Imagination in Chess somewhere between Averbakh's Tactics for Advanced Players and Volotkin's Perfect Your Chess.  I would estimate the ideal level for these three books as something like this (using FIDE ratings):

2100+   Tactics for Advanced Players

2200+   Imagination in Chess

2300+  Perfect Your Chess

Of course, those are just estimates.  Some people can be very strong or weak in tactics for their rating.  You could also subtract 100-200 points from those estimates for very young or ambitious players.

 

 

123AMC
Cool. Is the Averbakh book good?

I’m finding Imagination in Chess interesting. Can do about 2 in 3 positions so far, but each takes quite a long time.
kindaspongey

https://www.qualitychess.co.uk/ebooks/Advanced-Chess-Tactics-excerpt.pdf

https://web.archive.org/web/20140708110628/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review675.pdf

http://www.gambitbooks.com/pdfs/Perfect_Your_Chess.pdf

ARenko
123AMC wrote:
Cool. Is the Averbakh book good?

I’m finding Imagination in Chess interesting. Can do about 2 in 3 positions so far, but each takes quite a long time.

 

All three of them are quite good, IMO; a step above your typical book with 1,001 tactics problems.

The Averbakh book has more text than the other two, as it is trying to set forth a general theory of tactics so there are some short "essay" sections.  But it also has a lot of interesting problems.

The Volokitin book is also good but some of the problems are very difficult.

 

123AMC
Very helpful. Thank you.