Fundamental Checkmates

Antonio Gude

Reviewer: John Donaldson
383 pages

Fundamental Checkmates offers over 300 positions to solve (with full solutions), but it is primarily a textbook on how to give checkmate. This massive, oversize book is a systematic attempt to characterize and explain all the different tactics arranged by theme.

Books offering tactical positions to solve are universally agreed upon as first rate training, but before starting out it makes sense to first have a solid grounding in the fundamentals. This book will do that and more. Recommended for all players 1600 to 2200.