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Solving for mate and studying pawn/rook endgames should be studied from day one. Both of them help immensely with visualization, and will make your entire game stronger. The Polgar book with 5334 problems is a classic, and I strongly recommend it, because it goes from easy mate in ones to harder mate in threes and so on:
It's a monster volume at 1,100+ pages, and will put some strain on your bookshelf, but it's only $21 at Amazon. You're not going to find better value as a beginner.
This was a tricky one! I think I finally found it.
From here, Black has a few possible moves, all of which resolve to checkmate:
If you like this kind of tough puzzle, I've been working my way through the Polgar mate-in-twos, which has been very challenging but really helpful.
If he takes to the basics of the game then getting the big book of chess puzzles is an amazing thing for him. It helped me a lot as a child to have mate in one, two and three puzzles to work from. I needed puzzles to and this kept me quite busy as a young man learning the game when my dad was not available to play.
Chess: 5334 Problems, Combinations and Games https://www.amazon.com/dp/1579125549/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_RJ4WM7NJ969KCPTSJD3N
After working the whole summer on it I'm done with the first 1000 chess puzzles in this book. Just in time cuz I have a new tactics book arriving tomorrow to start mixing them up a bit, one can only solve so many mates in two before going crazy. Working on a book is really fun, and I feel like it's helped me a lot.
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Work out of a book like the polgar brick. Solving mate in x's will make you better at spotting them; the benefit of working out of a book is you can ensure you're doing the same puzzles over and over (out of a large working set). That way you wind up mastering the patterns in the puzzles rather than just solving them once.
Oh definitely, I’ve been learning mostly through online resources myself, but for example this https://www.amazon.com/Chess-5334-Problems-Combinations-Games/dp/1579125549/ref=nodl_ has been recommended to me before.
Yeah, if your area is in lockdown, online chess might be the only way to play with real people. Still a good free hobby, but I suppose it won’t get you away from screens right now.
> I've never seen a physical copy
Chess: 5334 Problems, Combinations and Games.
I have a copy that I inherited from my father-in-law. It's well-thumbed-through, but I've never really looked at it to more than glance. The paperback is a full 2 inches (5cm) thick, filled with tactics problems and absolutely no explanation of the why of things (but that's true of a lot of tactics books and quizzes like lichess' daily). I would think it's probably most valuable as a tool for a coach to use.
Chess: 5334 Problems, Combinations and Games is an amazing book of tactics problems. It doesn't go past mate in 3's (well, there are some combinations at the end, but it's very approachable) and was laid out by Laszlo Polgar to teach his children -- and it seems to have worked. Highly recommended!
If you want to go oldschool (with a book), I used Lazlo Polgar's Chess years ago and liked it.
I don't know why I never thought of applets for chess puzzles... I'm going to have to try some of these out.
> I wish there was a way to only give you easy tactical puzzles.
There is a way.
I posted the problem after reading in the Polgar book Chess https://www.amazon.com/Chess-5334-Problems-Combinations-Games/dp/1579125549 I'm working on improving my board vision and this problem had me quite stumped. I thought reddit chess might enjoy it.
Not knowing what your level is and knowing that most people asking this question are just starting out
Chess: 5534 Problems, Combinations, and Games
Winning Chess Tactics
Cherss Tactics for Students
These two are little ones that can be brought with you and pull out to do a few whenever you have an extra minute or two:
Chess Training Pocket Book
Chess Training Pocket Book II
Starts with mate in 1, moves up.
If you want free, go to a library and get this book, though I believe it only has sections for mate in 1, 2, or 3.
He may be right in the part about Magic, but he COMPLETELY misses the point in chess and it would be some of the worst chess advice you could get. He pretty much said "forget tactics, study openings", which is the opposite of what you should be doing if you are not at least a FM (some people would even argue a GM).
The first puzzle is much, much more important than knowing what to do in the opening position. Chess is not about how common a position is, but how useful are certain patterns. The patterns the puzzle is teaching: Queen Sac (yes, it is ok to lose your queen in some situations), smothered king (yes, putting pieces around your king may actually make you lose, instead of protecting him), forced moves (notice how black must play forcing moves or lose) and knight movement (knights are weird). The exact position is not going to happen, but the patterns happen again and again.
On the other hand, learning/memorizing which are the best 1-5 is close to useless if you have problems with real game patterns (like the puzzle is trying to teach). Playing a "good/best" first move give you a very, very small advantage compared to actually knowing what to do during the game (here is Miles taking down Karpov with 1... a6: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1068157 or Larsen taking down Petrosian with 1. f4: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1106394, both "subpar" moves)
However, he is trying to make a parallel that doesnt exist. The current problem with magic puzzles is that they are not teaching you the right patterns, a lot of the time they are trying to be cute instead. There are those is chess too, for example: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joke_chess_problem).
What he is missing is that for chess you must learn game positions because most of your decisions will happen in the middle game, as chess games go in average 40+ moves. The very important ones are probably happening only in 20+. And you can only make decisions like "Should I sac my queen?" if you actually know there are positions you should be saccing your queen, which only puzzles can teach you. By not doing puzzles, not only you will be choosing the wrong moves, but you aren't even going to consider/calculate the right move. You are going to be stuck on a beginner's mind forever.
However, in MTG you should study opening positions because most magic games are fast, with around 6-7 turns and the most important decision is "should I mulligan?". So, you should be studying mulligan and early turn puzzles, but they are still puzzles.
TLDR: The author has no idea of what he is talking about when it comes to chess. He is at least right when it comes to MTG. And yes, quantity is very important when it comes to puzzles, in both chess and MTG. Number of puzzles in a chess book can easily run into the 1000s, and you should solve them all (for example: https://www.amazon.com/Chess-5334-Problems-Combinations-Games/dp/1579125549/ref=pd_sbs_14_t_0?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=VDKM7BWJN2YG1TQK7G1F). Today, websites likes Chesstempo are easier tough. Patterns are not about "how common the situation happens?" but "how useful is knowing this?" (which he misses when talking about chess. By a lot.)
For a puzzle book, there's only one answer: Laszlo Polgar's Chess . As for entertaining books I'm not sure.
Foreword of his book.
I use the Polgar book. It's not an app but it works.
This book has a huge section of mate in ones, then mate in twos and then threes.
It starts of ridiculously easy and then gets harder as you go on, this will help you start seeing checkmates a lot easier, and improve your game a lot.