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I had a lot of fun with this book. I liked the fact that it was set up a little differently than most chess instruction books in that the author presented a different theme for each chapter and then provided 20 or so positional exercises for the reader to test their understanding. In this way not only was knowledge built on the basis of work on previous chapters work but also it was possible to "score" the progress made.

Along with chapters on tactics and ones devoted to mates in 1, 2 and 3 moves, plus a couple of instructional games, came tips and rules of the game - all in all it’s a fabulous book best for levels from beginner to intermediate. You will learn a lot of solid techniques in a logical sequence and many of the exercises provide a real challenge so the casual player will feel like they have learned something at the end. These exercises are based on the training methods used by the Polgar sisters and so have a genuine logic to them.

My score by the way was 501/564, which I’m quite happy with (Damn those pesky mate in three puzzles!)
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Learn to Win at Chess from World Champion Susan Polgar

Susan Polgar, 4-time World Chess Champion, became a living legend by following the methods taught by her father, Laszlo Polgar, the famous Hungarian chess coach. In A World Champion's Guide to Chess, Susan reveals these masterful tactics and techniques to players of all ages. With coauthor Paul Truong, an 11-time National Champion, she begins with the basics of understanding how the pieces move and leads the reader through checkmate and defense, pawn promotion, and opening and endgame patterns. Accompanying the lessons are personal glimpses into Susan's famous career, including her story of becoming the first female Grandmaster, the highest title in chess.

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