JOHN NUNN’S CHESS PUZZLE BOOK - new enlarged edition (John Nunn)
336 pages (210 mm by 145 mm)
Forthcoming January 2009
Most chess puzzle books put you in an artificial situation: you are told a combination exists, what the theme is and what you are required to achieve. This one is different. In a real game, a player may sometimes need to find a combination. On the other hand he may have to reject a tactical idea and simply find a good positional move. His task is to find the right move, whatever it may be. The 300 puzzles in this book put you precisely in that situation. Spectacular ideas abound in these positions, but it is for you to decide whether to go in for them, or whether you would be falling into a trap. If you need them, there are hints to help you on your way. The book ends with a series of tests to measure your skills against those of other players.
For this new edition, John Nunn, a top-class grandmaster and a solving world champion, has added 50 new puzzles (with hints and detailed solutions) to test your skills to the full. For ease of following, extra diagrams have been added to the solutions throughout. Overall the book is 60 per cent bigger than the first edition.
Dr John Nunn is one of the best-respected figures in world chess. He was among the world's leading grandmasters for nearly twenty years, winning four gold medals in chess Olympiads and finishing sixth overall in the World Cup in 1989. He is a much-acclaimed writer, whose works have won 'Book of the Year' awards in several countries. In both 2004 and 2007 Nunn was crowned World Chess Solving Champion, ahead of many former champions.
Gambit books by John Nunn: 101 Brilliant Chess Miniatures, Endgame Challenge, Grandmaster Chess Move by Move, Grandmaster Secrets: Winning Quickly at Chess, John Nunn's Chess Puzzle Book NEW EDITION, Learn Chess, Learn Chess Tactics, Secrets of Pawnless Endings, Secrets of Practical Chess NEW EDITION, Secrets of Rook Endings, Solving in Style, Understanding Chess Move by Move.
Reviews of the first edition:
"Nunn is one of the best tacticians on the planet...tremendous stuff, particularly for the ambitious club or stronger player...but not for the faint hearted" - GM Jonathan Speelman, The Independent
"If you want to improve your tactical skills...John Nunn's Chess Puzzle Book is certainly a book to turn to" - New-in-Chess
"You might find it unusual to write a column about chess history and biographical games collections and then include a book of puzzles, especially one written 8 years ago! As a set of problems, John Nunn's Chess Puzzle Book is a good one. Nunn takes his test positions from actual games, often between leading grandmasters. Be warned that it is also a very advanced book, in that the majority of exercises would be extremely difficult for the average player to solve. In fact, I think that the book is most helpful for strong players, say, 2000 and above, who want a real challenge. Even grandmasters might get a tough workout solving these positions, and they could well be part of a master's tournament preparation. For the record, I was impressed by the subtlety of some of these positions and showed a few of them on my Chess.FM Internet show. But that has nothing to do with the reason that I've selected this book to talk about. Rather, I'd like to describe a fascinating and potentially controversial section that Nunn incorporated into this book, one that seems to have escaped notice in most book reviews: his historical comparison of older, pre-World War I players to modern ones. Nunn calls this section 'The Test of Time'. I'm going to essentially take Nunn's own words to give an abridged version of his goal, technique, and results. Thus you will read one of the least original reviews of all time, but learn about a fascinating endeavour. I feel that his is a brilliant analysis of this longstanding question, and easily the best solution ever offered." - IM John Watson, The Week in Chess
"Will give you countless hours of challenge" - Tim Harding, Chess Mail
"It is reassuring for less gifted players just how often even Grandmasters fail to appreciate all the possibilities during a game" - J. J. Walsh, Irish Times
"Highly recommended for improving players" - Australian Chess Forum
"The gem of this book is the chapter... where Nunn launches into an essay about the standard of play at the Karlsbad tournament of 1911" - Monroe Morrison, Open File
"The format and style, as one would expect from the doyen of English chess writers, is far superior to that of its rivals" - Alan Sutton, En Passant
"John Nunn's Chess Puzzle Book is another excellent, recent work by Gambit Publications. Unlike many quiz books that contain problems based upon tricks in positions, Nunn has primarily selected positions that require precisely calculated solutions. By virtually eliminating time as a factor and encouraging the use of a set and board, Nunn's problems take on a pragmatic value as aids to improving one's ability to calculate and analyse correctly. This is a very good book, recommended not only for its interesting problems but for its instructional value, as well. If more quiz books were as good as this one, well, there probably wouldn't be a need for any more quiz books." - Glenn Budzinski, Chess Cafe
"John Nunn sets the standard ... Nunn's book with its spectacular games can smooth the way to a top class chess understanding!" - Harald Fietz, Schach Magazin 64
"So the work shines due to the very exact analysis, which is important both for the 'normal'puzzles and for the self-tests." - Gerald Berghöfer, www.softsurf.com
"It's true there are many puzzlebooks and testbooks, but this one by John Nunn absolutely must take a leading position." - Dr. W. Schweizer, Rochade