A Free 700-Page Chess Manual Explains 1,000 Chess Tactics in Plain English

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FYI: In 2011, Ward Farnsworth pub­lished a two-vol­ume col­lec­tion called Preda­tor at The Chess­board: A Field Guide To Chess Tac­tics (Vol­ume 1Vol­ume 2where he explains count­less chess tac­tics in plain Eng­lish. In this 700-page col­lec­tion, “there are 20 chap­ters, about 200 top­ics with­in them, and over 1,000 [chess] posi­tions dis­cussed.” Now for the even bet­ter part: Farnsworth also made these vol­umes avail­able free online. Just vis­it chesstactics.org and you can start mak­ing your­self a bet­ter chess play­er when­ev­er you have the urge.

Nat­u­ral­ly, Preda­tor At The Chess­board will be added to our col­lec­tion, 800 Free eBooks for iPad, Kin­dle & Oth­er Devices.

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