Book Recap #28- Chess Tactics from Scratch by FM Martin Weteschnik- A Great Intermediate Level Tactics Guide


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Chess Books Recaptured is back for another review and discussion of a chess book. This month, I am joined by Steve Wollkind, to discuss the excellent book and Chessable course Chess Tactics from Scratch. The title might make you think it is for beginners, but it is actually an intermediate-level book which aims to break down the core elements of various tactics. The book was written by an accomplished adult chess learner, and Steve believes that this is evident in the clear explanations of basic tactics. The book is differentiated by an incredible selection of illustrative positions, making it a great choice for chess students and teachers alike. To learn more about the book please tune in. You can find timestamps of topics discussed and links below.

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0:00- Steve discusses his background and why he suggested the book/Chessable course, Chess Tactics from Scratch.

10:00- Chess Tactics from Scratch is available on Chessable, in book form, and on Forward Chess

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14:30- We discuss the history behind the 2 editions of the book,which was originally called Understanding Chess Tactics.

22:00- We share a few quotes in which the author breaks down tactical concepts like the pin and “The Reloader”

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31:00- We share a few favorites quotes and explanations from the book.

Mentioned: The Inner Game of Chess by GM Andy Soltis

42:00- Do we have any quibbles with this book?

Mentioned: Thinking Inside the Box, GM Boris Gelfand’s Books, Chessable’s The Checkmate Patterns Manual

53:00- Thanks so much to Steve for suggesting a great book and helping out. I will be making a donation to The Gift of Chess on his behalf.

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