Understanding Chess Tactics by Martin Weteschnik
"Chess is 99% tactics" is an old saying. This may be an exaggeration, but even the remaining 1% still depends on tactics. When Martin Weteschnik started working as a trainer in his local chess club, he quickly realized that even the stronger club players had great weaknesses in their tactical play. He also discovered that simply asking them to solve a huge number of puzzles did not fix the problem. These players clearly needed a good book, but when Weteschnik looked for it he found nothing suitable, so he decided to write it himself.
About the author:
Martin Weteschnik lives in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. After studies in German and Philosophy he went to live in Japan for a year to study its culture. Later he lived in America for five years where he learned to play chess at the age of 25.
He beat his first professional player after just one year of playing, but then decided to concentrate on the theory of chess rather than a playing career. He studied the chess classics and went back to Europe to deepen his understanding of the royal game. He is now a highly successful trainer and coach. His main area of expertise is in tactical play, and he states that the most dramatic increases in playing strength, even for experienced tournament players, are achieved by the systematic acquisition of tactical knowledge.
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