Chess Books on Tactics

four chess books on tactics

Brief Overview of these Four Chess Books

How to Beat Your Dad at Chess is confined almost entirely to checkmating patterns. If you’ve played many games of chess and win at least 40%-60% of them, this could benefit you, helping you win more games. But it’s not for the raw beginner.

Chess: 5334 Problems, Combinations and Games is a vast collection, focusing more on quantity than on quality. Like How to Beat Your Dad at Chess, it’s more for the intermediate-level player than for the beginner.

Beat That Kid in Chess is for the player who knows how to move the pieces around but has never, or almost never, won a game of chess. Its content is true to that form: for the “raw” beginner to learn how to win. It concentrates on simple tactics.

The older book 1001 Winning Chess Sacrifices and Combinations—that’s a large collection of tactical problems, with 1001 solutions at the end of the book, fortunately. It’s not for a beginner but for the intermediate competitor.

Examples of Chess Puzzles Found in These Books

How to Beat Your Dad at Chess

tactic in a chess position

Diagram 1: White to move (a multi-move tactical combination)


Chess: 5334 Problems, Combination and Games (No position is displayed on the Amazon page, so no chess-puzzle example can be shown here, from this book of thousands of puzzles, tactical combinations, and games)


Beat That Kid in Chess

White's move in this endgame of chess

Diagram 2: White to move (a simple application of a tactic)


1001 Winning Chess Sacrifices and Combinations

neat tactic but way beyond a beginner

Diagram 3: White to move (too difficult for a beginner)



Reviews of Three Chess Books

. . . three chess books, each of them appearing, from the cover, to be for children. The ideal ages for readers of these books, however, may surprise you.

Chess Books for Novices

These appear to be chess books for REAL beginners. . . . three in alphabetical order of the title . . .

A Chess Book for raw Beginners

Beat That Kid in Chess easily leads you into the most important tactics that win games. It uses the new NIP system of chess instruction, perhaps used in no previous book on the royal game

Best Chess Book for Beginners Who Already Know the Rules

This instructional chess book is best for the “raw” beginner, the novice who knows how the pieces move but wants to actually win a game.

Kids’ Chess Books

I found several publications that could be very beneficial for children. Since these books do not appear to be directly competing with mine [Beat That Kid in Chess], I feel no hesitancy in mentioning them.