This book, a result of thorough compiling work over two decades, is intended to give the reader an overall guide to chess tactics. The idea of the compilation arose from a comment made by one of the best chess tacticians, the late world champion, Mikhail Tal: "It is unlikely that a new original chess combination occurs in the present advance state of chess."
The Big Book of Chess Tactics is a comprehensive book about chess tactics. The first main part deals with the combinations in which you gain decisive material advantages. In the second part, after studying how to save your game in difficult situations i.e: how to take the game to a draw instead of losing it, you will fins all kinds of mate combinations classified into a coherent system.
The concept of this system was introduced into the practice of teaching chess in primary and secondary schools with the aim of learning and improving the student's skills and this practice has operated for some 15 years. The method and the system of this book can be used by beginners to enable them to reach club player level and thence as part of their development to become professional chess players should they desire.GM Peter Leko and GM Csaba Balogh are two examples of chess players. They used, studied, and very much liked this book which, among others, helped them get to the top.