Thinkers' Chess Academy with Grandmaster Thomas Luther Volume 1
First Steps in Tactics
This book is written for chess friends who are beginners or hobby players without much experience and who want to improve to lower club level. If you are already somewhat stronger you may not like the idea of learning from scratch. But sometimes going a step back in order to take two steps forwards is a good idea.
To play chess well one has a lot to learn: opening, middle game, endgame, tactics and strategy etc. Where to begin? In my opinion tactics are the most important area. I always advise players with a rating under 1700 to study tactics, learn some basic endings and start analyzing their own games. That is a good way to reach a higher level.
Tactics are the main topic of this book. Tactics are not only the most exciting and enjoyable part of chess but also the fastest way to improve. On the following pages you will find an introduction to the most frequent tactical motifs and a lot of exercises for each of them. My guess is that in practice you will need about 50 examples or exercises for every motif to make you familiar with it. If you know the motifs you can not only win more often but, even more importantly, recognize the possible threats of your opponent earlier and defend yourself better.
Tactics are helpful for players of all categories. I myself and many of my grandmaster colleagues regularly solve combinations and studies, especially as preparation for a tournament to give the brain a kick.
Thinkers' Chess Academy with Grandmaster Thomas Luther Volume 2
From Tactics to Strategy
This is the second book of the Thinkers’ Chess Academy series. In the first book we started at a beginner’s level with checkmates in 1, 2 or 3 moves and the most common tactical motifs. If you have already worked with the first book you will now be much more experienced and ready for some more difficult lessons. We will start with 50 combinations to refresh our memory of the motifs from the first book. The chess friends who have not read the first book can treat it as a kind of self-test. If you cannot solve many of the examples it may be better to go back and work through the first book again. It is not a good idea to leave basic knowledge out. It will certainly hinder your progress if you do so.
In this book we will not only show you more tactical motifs, but we will also give you an introduction to the basics of chess strategy. You will learn the most important elements of strategy which will help you to find better plans and to understand positions better. At the end of the book a chapter with 50 checkmates of 5+ moves will show you techniques of how to attack or hunt the opponent’s king and also how to improve your calculation skills and your imagination at the chessboard. Now enough of the prologue, let us go to work and learn lots about chess tactics and strategy! Have a lot of fun while studying chess and enjoy your improvement!
Thinkers' Chess Academy with Grandmaster Thomas Luther Volume 3
Test your chess knowledge - Crucial exercises to sharpen your understanding
Not every reader is ambitious enough or has enough time to work very hard on his chess. That’s quite understandable and nothing to be ashamed of. You can enjoy chess very well without being a strong tournament player.
You could just entertain yourself by playing through interesting combinations. In this case don’t try too hard to solve the Advanced Lessons or Master Class exercises. Have a look to make yourself familiar with the position, than look at the solution and enjoy the surprising combinations. You won’t learn as much as you would by racking your brain to crack the hard nuts. But some knowledge and experience will certainly rub off and increase your understanding of chess.
These books will help you to work towards your goals and let have you fun with chess.
3 Books, Paperbacks, 900+ pages combined, Thinkers Publishing
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