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Chess Tactics For Students

Chess Tactics For Students workbook

Chess Tactics contains 14 chapters.

Each chapter contains three parts:

  • Introduction defining the tactic.

  • Instruction with 4 instructive, model problems to solve.

  • 28 Problems increasing in difficulty.

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Chapter 1 – Pins

Chapter 2 – Back Rank Combinations

Chapter 3 – Knight Forks

Chapter 4 – Other Forks/Double Attacks

Chapter 5 – Discovered Checks

Chapter 6 – Double Checks

Chapter 7 – Discovered Attacks

Chapter 8 – Skewers

Chapter 9 – Double Threats

Chapter 10 – Promoting Pawns

Chapter 11 – Removing the Guard

Chapter 12 – Perpetual Check

Chapter 13 – Zugzwang/Stalemate

Chapter 14 – Quizzes: Identifying Tactics*

*Chess Tactics concludes with “Chapter 14 – Quizzes: Identifying Tactics,” containing 30 problems that challenge students to solve the puzzle and name the tactics used!

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Chess Tactics For Students workbook

Chess Tactics For Students is a workbook for intermediate and advanced students containing 434 carefully selected problems in worksheet format. Chess Tactics has been extensively field tested with elementary, middle-school, and high-school students over a four-year period.

This book is ideal for independent seat work as well as for homework and classroom instruction.

The worksheet format and Answer Key enable self-correction with minimal dependence or direct help from a chess teacher, coach, or parent.

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