Advanced Chess Tactics, 2nd edition

Lev Psakhis

Reviewer: John Donaldson
Quality Chess
416 pages

Two-time Soviet Champion Lev Psakhis wrote an excellent book titled “Advanced Chess Tactics”. Unfortunately, the title can cause confusion with Yury Averbakh’s similarly titled book, Chess Tactics for Advanced Players. Instead Psakhis explains how to use tactics to build an attack.

He does this through a series of very well annotated games which are arranged around certain pawn structures and openings: Attacking in the Benoni, Attacking with Hanging Pawns, IQP Positions: Attacking the King with Pieces, IQP Positions: Attacking with the h-pawn, IQP Positions: Versus the c-pawn, Attack in the Sicilian Labyrinths, Attack in the Catacombs of the Caro-Kann and Attacking in Rare and Non-Standard Openings.

This new edition is revised and expanded with an extra chapter on attacking the French which is close to 50 pages. Advanced Chess Tactics concludes with 56 challenging exercises and detailed solutions. 

Lev Psakhis is recognized as one of the most important chess trainers of all time, having worked with Garry Kasparov, the Polgar sisters and the Indian national team. This book is a testament to his teaching.