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    CC Grandmaster Redmond Barry's Avatar
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    Anthology of chess combinations 3rd edition

    good morning ......

    i was just wondering if anybody knew whether the book currently being sold on the chess informant website "anthology of chess combinations 3rd edition" is similar in composition to the book they released called "encyclopedia of chess middlegames" circa jan 1980.

    i am interested in purchasing "encyclopedia of chess middlegames" (with 1817 positions) as it is recommended by jeremy silman as part of a list of tactical books he likes, but would probably prefer to purchase "anthology of chess combinations 3rd edition" as it is advertised with 2709 positions and would obviously cover the gap between now and the 1980's offering.

    currently i can only find second hand copies of the 1980's book starting at $45us on

    whereas, the anthology book is brand new and priced at 27 pounds .

    anybody had experiences with either or all ?????

    thanks ................
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    CC Candidate Master Muzzy's Avatar
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    I have the 1980's version.
    Not sure what the differences are but as you mention it sounds like it has been greatly revised with further diagrams from recent years..

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    CC International Master ElevatorEscapee's Avatar
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    Sorry Sotto, like Muzzy, I only have the 1980 version (which I picked up for $16 at a local second hand bookshop about 12 months ago). Haven't seen the new one, so can't be sure what the differences might be.

    My experience of the 1980 version is that it is quite a clever book designed "Informator" style, offering ways of communicating chess positions to people of many different languages.

    Combinations are grouped together in chapters based on themes: "Double Attack", "Discovered Attack", "Pinning", "Deviation" (ooh-err!!! - actually "deflection"), "Dicoying" (sic)... actually "Decoying", "Interception", "Annihilation of Defence", and "Space Clearance". The second half of the book covers such themes as "Blockade", "X-ray attack" (skewer), "Overloading of pieces", "Intermediate move" (zwischenzug), "Pawn's breaktrhough", "Passed pawn", "Demolition or pawn structure", and "Pursuit".

    A very few handful of problems are very easy, most are very difficult, some are exceptionally difficult, if not impossible... however, reading each chapter will no doubt improve your game and your ability to recognise patterns. So, if you can get your hands on the 1980 version, and you actually put in the effort to study it, you will undoubtedly improve your tactical ability.

    As for which book will be the better one for you... personally, I find it's not the lack of wonderful chess books that is the excuse for my failure to improve... it's my lack of training, dedication and application to them!

    Hope that is of some help!
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    I found a review on the net

    It is available on CD

    Review On Jul 26, 2006by steve davis of Clemson, SC
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    Comments : Not for the faint-hearted. There are "warm-up" exercises in this series that will raise blisters on your thinking cap. This isn't meant as a condemnation of the work. Just be warned that these are unvarnished grandmaster-level examples of tactical motifs, and grandmasters aren't especially prone to making two-move blunders leading to royal forks or mate on the move. Prepare to find beautiful, problematic "hidden" moves, often in sequences that will compel you to find best move after best move while the defense has opportunities to make plausible defensive attempts. To use one Fischer example, the winning line requires that White be willing to leave several pieces en prise, and to be able to work out responses to several defensive lines that have subtle shortcomings. My personal recommendation would be for students of tactics to make sure they can work all of the Reinfeld combinations in his "1001" manuals before diving into these. I would rate this as "excellent" except the software consists of a CD with no booklet or instructions. "Manuals?! We don't need no stinkin' manuals!!" Well, for 60 bucks there should at least be a page making sure folks know how to load the default database.

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    CC Grandmaster Redmond Barry's Avatar
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    thanks for the replies everybody.

    I actually went and bought 2 other books instead, those being averbakhs 'chess tactics' and a book called 'understanding chess tactics' by a little known author called martin weteschnik.

    once I get through these 2 ill probably look to pick up the anthology (which ever one is cheapest).

    my local library system has tactics books as well authored by zsuzsana polgar and john nunn so there are a few resources on offer.

    Ruin is formal, devil's work,
    Consecutive and slow -
    Fail in an instance no man did,
    Slipping - is Crash's law,

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