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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Samples of Best Combinations of 2016 – Now as Paperback

My ebook Modern Chess Combinations: October, November, December 2016 is now also available in paperback format, so you can order a physical copy and have it delivered to you like most chess books you probably already own. Here is a sample set of exercises for you to get the taste of it. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the solutions.


This publication is a collection of over 140 best combinations played by strong chess players in tournaments that took place in the fourth quarter of 2016. This book is the eighth in the "Quarterly Tactics" series, which provides instructive tactical positions from the most recent top chess tournaments. Quarterly Chess Tactics will allow you to
    * Follow the recent games of top grandmasters
    * Improve your game
    * Study combinations any time and anywhere
    * Enjoy a collection of annotated puzzles that you have not seen in any other tactics books
    * Maintain regular practice by solving several puzzles every day

The highlight of this edition are the games from the World Championshop match between Karjakin and Carlsen, and World Rapid and Blitz Championship. The combination played by Magnus Carlsen in the last game of the tie-break - was found by him instantly and was a worthy finish to the tough match. It proved yet again, that being able to spot tactics quickly and effortlessly is an essential part of being a strong player.

Nabaty, T. - Vaganian, R.


White's turn

Nenezic, M. - Miladinovic, I.


White's turn

Flores, Di - Real de Azua, E.


White's turn

Bosiocic, Mari - Fercec, N.


White's turn




Nabaty, T. - Vaganian, R.
1st Yerevan Open 2016   2016.10.07   


28. Qxc8+

Black resigned in view of
28. ... Rxc8 29. Ne6+ Kf7 30. Nxg5+ 1-0

Nenezic, M. - Miladinovic, I.
TCh-SRB Premier 2016   2016.10.01   


21. c4 bxc4 22. Qxb7 Nxd4 23. Bxc4

Flores, Di - Real de Azua, E.
91st ch-ARG 2016   2016.07.20   


40. Rxe6

Black resigned in view of
40. ... Qxe6 41. Bd5 1-0

Bosiocic, Mari - Fercec, N.
25th TCh-CRO Div 1b 2016   2016.10.12   


18. Nxd5 cxd5 19. Rxd5 Bd6

( 19. ... Rxd5 20. Bxd5 Qd7 21. Qxb7+ Qxb7 22. Rc8# )
20. Qxb7+ Kxb7 21. Rxd6+ 1-0

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