I have my meter of chessbooks (as Tempo used to say). I was glad to add another one recently to my collection which was recommended by Cratercat : Understanding Chess Tactics
. It is unbelievably good. The author wrote it from his notes of years of solving chess tactics.
It is a very practical book with tons of examples with arrows,circles and diagrams . This is a talky book not just a tactical problem book. I am currently reading the chapter on pins where it speaks to many of the aspects of pins and crosspins. There are alot of tips regarding looking for tactics within a position.
I started on a pass of the Ct-art L30 problems and I am happy with the direction and board vision that the How to beat your dad at chess and doing the earlier levels of Ct-art are bringing me.
Here is a game from my recent tournament that I lost against a 1400 player. I did not record it all. Toward the end I was playing hope chess looking for a swindle which my opponent took no part in.
(3107) takchess - Bruce,S [B08]
B08: Pirc Defence: Classical System 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Bc4 Bg7 5.Be3 0–0 6.Nf3 Nxe4 7.Qd3 Nxc3 8.Qxc3 Nd7 9.h4 h5 10.Rh3 Nf6 11.Rg3 Ne4 12.Qd3 Nxg3 13.Qxg6 d5 14.Qxg3 dxc4 15.Bh6 Bg4 16.Bxg7 Kxg7 17.0–0–0 Qd6 18.Ne5 f6 19.f3 fxe5 20.dxe5 Qh6+ 21.Kb1 Qf4 22.Qe1 Be6 23.g3 Qxf3 24.g4 Qxg4
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also I played this quick trashy game on the internet which has some tactics. yes I know the bishop sac was not particularly sound and black was able to trap my queen with a Knight move.
(3108) Takchess (1476) - W, (1729) [B01]
Rated game, 30m + 0s Main Playing Hall, 25.04.2007
1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd6 4.Bc4 a6 5.d3 Nf6 6.Nf3 b5 7.Bxf7+ Kxf7 8.Ng5+ Ke8 9.Nce4 Nxe4 10.Nxe4 Qg6 11.Qf3 Bb7 12.Nf6+ Qxf6 13.Qxb7 Qc6 14.Qc8+ Kf7 15.0–0 e6 16.Bf4 Bd6 17.Qxh8 Kg6 18.Qd8 Bxf4 19.Qh4 Bg5 20.Qg4 Nd7 21.h4 Nf6 22.Qxg5+ Kf7 23.Rae1 Qxc2 24.Qe5 Re8 25.Rc1 Qxb2 26.Qxb2 W. gibt auf (Lag: Av=0.40s, max=1.2s) 1–0