As a professional chess player, I know exactly how important it is to perform well in tactical calculations. We face them so oft en that aft er playing a great game, we can simply blunder something and throw away a safe point, causing ourself sleepless nights!
For most of the players and chess fans, the biggest pleasure in a chessgame is to beat an opponent with a beautiful combination, of which we can be proud at. However to live with all the given oportunities and not miss any of the chanc-es, we must stay in sharp shape all the time, what we can reach only by prac-ticing puzzlesolving.
Many puzzle books are based on artifi cial positions or selected only for their beauty. Th e concept of my book is different. The highest priority is to "use the practical side of the puzzles" and take the level of calculation to a com-pletely new dimension.
All the puzzles have been selected from recent games, trying to put the reader in the shoes of "the player".
Th e diffi culty of the diff erent sections might also give you a right evaluation of your current tactical skills and bring them further ahead.
I tried to mix three things in my book:
1. a lot of fun in solving the puzzles,
2. a lot of diff erent tactical ideas,
3. and of course, the direct practical use for your future games.
A very important factor to keep in mind - all the practical motifs from the book can defi nitely be used in your future games!